Bids sought to enhance operation of Markabi in Lebanon

Lebanon's state Council for Development & Reconstruction (CDR) in partnership with the Economic and Social Fund for Development (ESFD) plans to enhance the operation of the 36 MW Abdel Al/Markabi hydropower plant on the river Litani.

The government institutions issued a tender on 24 August for replacement of the Electric Protection System (EPS), which as an essential component of the plant equipment needs to be replaced to protect the plant from damage. Bids were invited by 30 September for the contracted works, which are being financed by the EU within the framework of the Local Development Programme along the Litani River Basin. Located in West Bekaa near the village of Machgara, the Abdel Al/Markabi station is the first of a cascade of three hydropower plant on the Litani river, which is managed by the Litani river Authority (LRA). Commissioned in 1962, the plant regulates the downstream Awali (3×36 MW) and Joun (2×24 MW) plants The hydropower plant feeds power to the overall EDL grid and has a substation providing power to 93 villages in Bekaa and South Lebanon. The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:

The CDR is engaged in all phases of project implementation from planning, feasibility analysis, detailed design, bidding, expropriation, execution, and operation and maintenance of most public facilities on the behalf of the Government. The ESFD is a governmental body dedicated to alleviate poverty in Lebanon through the creation of employment opportunities and through the improvement of living conditions in disadvantaged communities. For further information, contact:

ESFD, Beirut 11-1633; E-mail:;;