Cabinet agrees compromise


The Lebanese Cabinet has agreed a compromise solution over the dispute between Energy Minister Gibran Bassil and Prime Minister Najib Mikati over future energy provision.

Bassil wanted to install two energy generating ships to ensure continued supply of electricity. He has secured Cabinet approval for two ships for a period of three years with each ship producing 270 MW of electricity.

Prime Minister Mikati wanted the building of a new power station which a foreign firm has undertaken to complete within a year. The Cabinet has approved this idea too. Both men had criticised the viability and cost of each other’s proposals, so the Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a ministerial committee which will negotiate prices and conditions for contracts for the ships whilst undertaking further feasibility studies and securing of funding for the power station.

The deal was struck in a six hour session with President Michel Sleiman in the Chair.

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