could in turn provide them with light – literally,”
says Elias Khonaysser, Khonaysser Group.
“Today, they have three 500 kVA gensets that are
synchronised – two for prime applications and
one on standby for emergencies or load sheds.
This means they are always connected, they will
not even see a light bulb blink.”
THERE IS LITTLE evidence in Beirut’s modern
neon-lit skyline of glass skyscrapers and
electronic billboards to suggest the country is
suffering an energy crisis. The city’s historic
centre has been immaculately restored to its
former glory, when Beirut was known as the
Paris of the Middle East, and its streets are lined
with flagship stores from the world’s largest
fashion brands. What was once the dividing line
during the civil war is now a marina filled with
luxury yachts and surrounded by newlybuilt
high-end apartments. But, behind the scenes,
hidden away on rooftops and basements, there
are countless gensets providing all the necessary
power. In fact, Lebanon is one of the largest
markets in the world for industrial genset
builders like Khonaysser Group.
As he drives through Beirut, it seems Elias
Khonaysser cannot go more than 20 metres
without being able to point out a building
powered by one of his company’s gensets.
Restaurants, hotels, corporate offices, factories
– even at the base of the St. Georges Maronite
Cathedral – one of the city’s largest landmarks
– a Khonaysser genset is clearly visible. This is
The St. Georges Maronite
Cathedral in central
Beirut is one of the
city’s main landmarks,
At its base, another of
Khonaysser’s gensets is
Tony Toufic, Maintenance Manager at the Rosary Sisters Hospital,
inspects the gensets every day and with just one call he can have
Khonaysser Group’s technicians on site within minutes.
A 15-year civil war, followed by continuous political instability and
indecision, has left Lebanon with an underdeveloped electrical system,
and by extension created a large market for gensets.
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