Libya's Audit Bureau: Electricity outages caused by GECOL negligence

Libya's Audit Bureau: Electricity outages caused by GECOL negligence

October 01, 2019 - 20:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Audit Bureau said there has been negligence and violations at the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) that led to low output reaching half of its actual capacity.

A committee formed by the Audit Bureau warned of total blackouts across Libya if the performance of GECOL remained as such.

The committee reported the GECOL observation to the Head of Audit Bureau Khalid Shakshak on Monday, showcasing the mismanagement and inefficiency as well as misuse of resources of the Electricity Company.

Shakshak reiterated the need to continue to point out the violations in the coming ten days and to monitor the implementation of the Presidential Council's plan for the company that aims to boost the output with additional 1200 megawatts before winter.

Libya's electricity network is undergoing inefficiencies during both summer and winter, which made GECOL start load shedding hours in most Libyan cities, especially in Tripoli.

GECOL says looting and inability to do maintenance work because of fighting and security vacuum caused such poor power conditions in the country, which critics say the administration of GECOL is unable to find solutions to the crisis over the years due to corruption and negligence, saying the officials must be sacked and replaced by more qualified ones.