The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri chaired this afternoon at the Grand Serail a meeting of the ministerial committee tasked with studying the floating storage and regasification units file (FSRU). The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani and Ministers Ali Hassan Khalil, Muhammad Fneish, Youssef Fenianos, Camille Abu Sleiman, Adel Afiouni and Nada Boustani.
After the meeting, Boustani explained that "the committee responded to the questions of the ministers, and there will be another meeting. Until then,the committee will study the books of conditions that I prepared based on the partnership between the public and private sectors in the power plants of Zahrani and Selata. As for Deir Ammar, the negotiations on it are in final stages, and we will soon finish the contract to purchase energy, and in the coming hours we will announce the time of work start."
She pointed out that "all the talk about a delay in the implementation of the electricity plan is not true, as evidenced by the figures we publish periodically. The books of conditions of the new power plants in Zahrani and Selata are finished, and Deir Ammar will finish soon. All the targets that we included in the 2019 plan have been achieved and we will work on the 2020 goals. The citizens will see the difference in the tenders and the speed of their implementation, and the appointment of IDAL board of directors will be very soon."
On the issue of tariffs, Boustani said that by the end of September, the World Bank will finalize a study on tariffs, and I will present it to the ministerial committee to take the necessary decision.