The Director of the Derna Electric Distribution Department at the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Jad Al-Mawla Al-Harir, said that GECOL's technicians were able to restore the electrical network in the western part of the city of Derna, adding that work was underway on Thursday to restore electricity in its eastern part.
Al-Harir told reporters that the damage to the stations in the west of the city as a result of the flood ensuing from Storm Daniel and the collapsing of the two dams was considered somewhat minor compared to the eastern part, saying that technicians were able to operate the network to a large extent on Wednesday.
He added that GECOL's technicians tried to restore electricity in the eastern part, but it turned out that there were problems at the main feeding points in stations 66 and 30 in terms of the supply sources represented by the overhead lines and linking the Al-Fataeh station to the stations east of the city: East Derna, Bab Tobruk, Al-Funduk, the industrial area, and Souq Al-Arab.
He added that the technicians in the Medium Voltage Department, in cooperation with the officials and technicians of the Tobruk Distribution Department, inspected the stations inside the city that are fed by the Derna Steam Electricity Station and the Al-Fatayeh Department, despite the difficult transportation conditions, and were able to restore all feeding points within the city.
GECOL charged on Thursday all the power stations in Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar area after they were damaged by floods resulting from the Mediterranean Storm Daniel. It also said in a statement that the technical teams worked over the past two days with continuous efforts to restore electricity to the cities of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar, and work was still continuing in some substations until the restoration of electricity.
The power grid in the cities of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar was subjected to severe damage due to the floods. Over two days, technical teams surveyed the damage and began maintenance work and replacement of damaged components of the network in the region.
Earlier on Wednesday, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah announced the success of teams from telecommunications companies in restoring phone calls and Internet networks in all areas of Derna.