05 April 2016, Zahle - Lebanon The population of Zahle, the capital of Lebanon's Bekaa region and the country's fourth largest city, has seen a boost to its economy over the past year thanks to support from Aggreko, the world leader in modular, mobile power and temperature control solutions.
Last year Aggreko reached an agreement with Electricite de Zahle (EDZ) to supply 45 MW of power in the city for two years. A growing number of investors have now established factories in the city, which has resulted in new jobs being created, and with more people moving to the area for work, the housing industry has also benefited.
Previously, the 60,000 households in Zahle and neighboring villages would receive as little as six hours of electricity per day as well as intermittent water. By providing power around the clock from Aggreko plant, EDZ with its well-developed distribution networks has given local residents reliable electricity. Street lighting is also now provided every night offering additional safety to residents, and as all pumping stations receive 24 hour power, water shortages are also now a thing of the past.
Bill Kearns, Aggreko General Manager, said: “It has been 42 years since Zahle last had reliable, round the clock power and Aggreko is delighted to be the first company to provide 24/7 power to EDZ for its concession. Our tier 3 engines offer low emissions and once they arrived in the country we were able to deliver power within 22 days.
“It has been particularly pleasing to hear the benefits our power generation has brought to Zahle and the surrounding area. We are also committed to leaving a lasting legacy to the region as part of the project and we are developing local talent, with 12 of our own engineers working to train 13 local Lebanese crew.”
Assad Nakad, EDZ CEO said: ‘My dream to provide Zahle and the neighborhood villages with clean and continuous power has come true by partnering with Aggreko. This allows EDZ to provide not only power to the people but has enabled us to have an integrated economic circle, which is fundamental. Power generated by Aggreko and supplied by EDZ, allows for factories to operate uninterruptedly and alleviate unemployment in the region. It also stops the younger generation migrating to other larger cities of Lebanon and so retains the talent in the region’.
A key component of the project is Aggreko’s use of its SCADA monitoring system, which allows for on-site and office monitoring at any given time by the customer.