By Mohamed Abaid, Independent Libyan Analyst

Mohamed Al-Mishai

In an era where crisis response often relies on external aid, Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay and the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), known as the "Blue Army," are setting a new standard for self-reliance and efficiency. This article shines a spotlight on Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay's leadership and the tireless efforts of the Blue Army, particularly in the eastern city of Derna, which has been devastated by conflict and natural disasters.

The Crisis: Unprecedented Flooding in Eastern Libya

Eastern Libya faced a catastrophic flood that left entire neighborhoods in Derna submerged, critical infrastructure destroyed, and the electrical grid completely down. The city was plunged into darkness, exacerbating an already dire situation.

Derna: A City Desperate for Aid

Derna became the epicenter of this crisis, with floodwaters causing unimaginable destruction. Residents were left without power, amplifying their struggles in a city already fraught with conflict and instability.

Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay and the GECOL Blue Army: Self-Reliance in Action

Within 24 hours of the catastrophic floods hitting Derna, Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay mobilized the GECOL Blue Army. They arrived with the largest convoy ever dispatched to eastern Libya, fully equipped with over 100 automobiles, a combined truck loaded with essential electrical equipment, and a specialized team of more than 300 technicians.

Independence and Unwavering Commitment

What sets Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay and the Blue Army apart is their remarkable self-reliance. Operating solely on their resources, without any foreign or external aid, they rapidly restored power to critical areas. Their tireless, round-the-clock efforts showcase their unwavering commitment to the Libyan people.

Building for the Future

Under the guidance of Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay, GECOL's focus extends beyond immediate relief; they are also committed to strengthening the existing electrical infrastructure to withstand future crises. Another large convoy has been dispatched with this long-term vision in mind.


Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay and the GECOL Blue Army have set a new standard in crisis response, one that emphasizes self-reliance, tireless effort, and independence. Their swift and technically flawless efforts have not only restored power but also instilled hope in the hearts of countless Libyans. In a world desperate for heroes, Dr. Mohamed Al-Mashay and the GECOL Blue Army stand as shining examples of what can be achieved with focused leadership and a committed, self-reliant workforce.


Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Libya Observer