The US Embassy in Libya has expressed its concern that the ongoing oil shutdown could lead to more frequent electricity outages for longer periods of time and higher electricity generation cost throughout the summer, confirming its commitment to help the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) mitigate these problems.

“The US Agency for International Development (USAID) updated international and Libyan partners on our support for GECOL's electricity grid stabilization and forecast for summer 2022 power generation”, the Embassy said in a statement.

Turning off unneeded electrical items, shifting electricity intensive usage to off peak hours, and reducing use of air conditioning can help reduce the chances of blackouts and allow the GECOL to economize the fuel limitations caused by the oilfields shutdown, the statement reads.