Oil, Gas & Mining
In spite of the poor security conditions, the Syrian authorities are continuing to develop several gas fields located in central Syria and that are crucial for keeping electricity running.
The Ministry of Petroleum has reported that production at one of its gas plants had stopped following an attack on a pipeline.
Should the war end now, Syria would need two years to recover its pre-war oil output level, a government official said.
According to the Ministry of Petroleum, Syria’s production of crude oil in 2013 declined 80 percent compared to 2012.
The Minister of Petroleum has confirmed that a Russian engineering company, Stroytransgaz, was still operating in Syria and that it planned to commission a gas processing plant by the end of this year.
The Damascus governorate has signed a contract with Mahrukat for the construction and management of 13 petrol stations across the Syrian capital.
Syria’s production and exports of phosphate declined sharply last year over rising insecurity in the country.
Syria is importing an overwhelming share of the oil it consumes, the Prime Minister said.
The Syrian government signed a production sharing agreement for the exploration and development of an offshore block, a move that was swiftly condemned by the opposition National Coalition as an “oil for arms” barter deal.
Syria’s oil output has declined further, according to the Minister of Oil.
Attacks on pipelines and other gas infrastructure have reduced gas supplies and forced the government to increase power cuts.
Forces affiliated to the Syrian opposition seized last week the Omar field, located near the eastern city of Deir-ez-Zor.
The government has confirmed it has reached a preliminary agreement with Soyuzneftegaz, a Russian energy company, for the exploration of its offshore waters, a week after the visit to Damascus of the company’s vice-chairman.
Syria’s Prime Minister has met with a representative of a Russian energy company to explore the development of the country’s offshore resources.
Syria's imports of crude oil and refined oil products stood at some $3 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to the minister of oil, Sulaiman Al-Abbas.
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