Electricity shortages in Lebanon spark offshore natural gas exploration

October 4, 2011

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Houses sit in darkness during an electricity cut in Ouzai, Lebanon, where some households face cuts of up to 12 hours a day.

In Lebanon, most people have learned to cope with unreliable electricity. But a long term solution to Lebanon’s power problem may lie offshore.

Recently, neighboring Israel discovered an enormous natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Lebanon. Energy experts say there’s enough gas there to satisfy Israel’s needs for the next hundred years. Lebanon believes there may be significant natural gas reserves off its coast as well. Don Duncan from the World Vision Report looks into what this could mean for the people of Lebanon.


This story originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.