BEIRUT: The first of two Turkish electricity-generating ships aimed at helping resolve Lebanon’s endemic power shortages anchored at Beirut Port Monday, a port official told The Daily Star.

“The ship docked at Beirut Port this morning [Monday],” the official said. Karadeniz Powership Fatmagul Sultan, which departed from Istanbul on Feb. 8, entered Lebanese territorial waters Saturday. The ship had initially been expected to dock near the Zouk power plant, some 14 kilometers north of the capital.

In July 2012, Lebanon signed a $360 million three-year contract to lease electricity-generating barges from the Turkish firm. The two barges combined are expected to generate 270 MW of electricity. [Link]