Competition escalates to gunfight between private generator owners in Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-01 18:02:02|Editor: mmm
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BEIRUT, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- A fight between two owners of private generators competing to attract clients in Lebanon's Sidon escalated to gunshot on Monday, local media reported.

Security forces are currently pursuing people involved in the fight, according to Elnashra, an independent online newspaper.

Competition between owners of private generators became fierce after the government decided to regulate the sector.

The government have started Monday to install meters to private generators to measure the exact consumption of electricity in order to determine the exact prices that should be paid by citizens, a move that was criticized by owners of private generators.

Owners of private generators are now keen to attract more clients to compensate for their losses after reducing the price of their services by the government.

Lack of electricity in Lebanon has been a problem for many years, with the government's incapability of producing sufficient power.

Lebanese residents usually turn to private operators, which charge higher, during power outages.

The current public electricity production in Lebanon stands at 2,000 MW, while national demand goes beyond 3,300 MW in summer months.