|Deir Ammar gas turbine temporarily shutdown|
| THE DAILY STAR LEBANON, May 3, 2012
BEIRUT: Technical and maintenance teams will shut down a turbine unit at the Deir Ammar power plant for about two months until the end of June, putting its 200 MW capacity off the electricity grid temporarily.
YTL Power Services and Siemens AG team will carry out an overhaul and upgrade of the plant's gas turbine unit No. 1 and rewinding of the stators of the annexed generator to reinstate the condition for better performance.
The maintenance companies said new control system would be installed to replace the obsolete version.
“The upgraded unit will have increased power output and higher efficiency in performance. Meaning the gas turbine will produce more power at lower cost of fuel, benefiting EDL with the current electricity condition in the country,” a statement by the companies explained. The ageing Deir Ammar power plant, which was constructed in 1996, has long been plagued by a lack of maintenance, and the facility has faced numerous shutdowns.
The statement said a Boeing B747-400 freighter carrying 80,000 kg of spare parts directly from Germany for Deir Ammar's gas turbine landed at Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport Monday.