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The agreement between Greece’s Metka and a body calling itself the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy of Libya (Gaerel) to build a 500MW open-cycle power plant in Tobruk shows that some in eastern Libya have not given up their ambition of wresting control of vital state institutions from Tripoli. However, the politics behind the deal are confused and, without access to the budget, it is hard to see how it can go ahead. Meanwhile, the Tripoli-based General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol) has succeeded in adding new capacity and reuniting the network into a single grid.