Libya has ambitious power plans. It has awarded contracts to GE & Siemens. But chronic instability means the situation continues to get worse rather than better.

When head of Libya’s Presidency Council (PC)Fayez al-Serraj arrived in Tripoli in March 2016, one of his promises was to fix the power outages that have plagued the country in recent years. But, 18 months on, the promise remains unfulfilled. If anything, the problems are getting worse.

In late June and early July, Libya...