Libya, Egypt to activate joint electricity link

Libya, Egypt to activate joint electricity link

December 13, 2017 - 20:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Libya has agreed with Egypt to exchange electric power through a power grid link, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) announced on Wednesday.

The agreement came in a visit for the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj to Cairo, added GECOL on Facebook.

On Tuesday, there was an hours-long meeting in Cairo between Al-Sirraj and Ali Sassi - the CEO of the GECOL - and the Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohammed Sahaker as well as the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, plus others.

GECOL added that both countries reviewed cooperation in power sector with the capacity of 400 kilovolts so that Libya and Egypt can exchange power, not to mention benefiting from the Egyptian electric power expertise.

It also explained that Libya and Egypt agreed on forming a number of joint committees to follow up on the agreement, adding that a more extended meeting had been previously held between Libya and Egypt's electricity chiefs and there was an agreement signed for electric power exchange that will begin in 2018.

GECOL is burdened every year with high power demands in summer and winter times, which makes it fall back upon load shedding that leaves Libyans without power for over 6 hours a day in winter and even more than that in summer.