Lebanese authorities on Thursday intensified efforts to solve the acute shortage of fuel, which is essential for providing electricity in the country.
Lebanese Water and Energy Minister Walid Fayyad met Thursday with Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Dr. Yasser Alawi.
They discussed the mechanism of importing Egyptian gas to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria, following a meeting that was held last week in Amman among the concerned ministers of the four countries.
The meeting came as reports said that the first shipment of Iraqi fuel (31,000 tons of gas oil) arrived in Lebanon on Thursday.
MTV website said that a test was conducted to see whether the fuel matched specifications.
“The shipment will be unloaded today (Thursday) and the second shipment of grade B fuel will arrive next week, as previously scheduled,” it wrote.
According to the agreement and contract signed by former minister Raymond Ghajar with the Iraqi Minister of Finance, in the presence of Major General Abbas Ibrahim, a tender will be held every month to replace Iraqi fuel with fuel needed by Lebanon’s power plants, provided that the second tender will be held in the first week of October.