Libya lays foundation stone for large PV power plant

11 January 2013 – Libya’s ministry of electricity is constructing a solar photovoltaic plant in southern Libya to generate power using the sun’s rays, according to the Libya Herald.

Under-secretary for the ministry Dr Mohamed Al told Libyan news agency LANA that it would be an excellent opportunity to experiment with new technology and to create jobs for young people in the region.

He explained that the new power station of the south for which the foundation stone was laid down in Obari at the beginning of January will have a capacity of 650 MW. It will supply a large proportion of the country’s southern region with its power needs and enhance its entire network capabilities.

“This station is considered a major achievement in the electricity sector and within the ministry’s plan to develop energy sources in the southern region of Libya.” All of Libya’s electricity has until now been supplied by fossil fuels. Most of its power stations were originally oil fired with some having been converted to natural gas.

In December 2012 the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), the state-owned company responsible for the production and distribution of electrical power, signed a contract with Siemens to supply and install spare parts at the Ruwais power station. GECOL said that the deal, which involves four gas-powered units, was worth US$75 million.

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