Syria’s state-owned power utility has extended the closing date of two tenders for the construction of a total of 1,000MW in new power generation capacity.
Syria is planning to issue tenders for some 1,500 MW of new generating capacity in the coming months, the Minister of Electricity said.
The Ministry of Electricity is raising the daily number of hours of power cuts across Syria as rising temperatures lead to an increase in demand for electricity.
The Ministry of Electricity has raised electricity prices for industrial and commercial concerns in a bid to reduce the government’s subsidies bill, leading to an outcry and threats of “protests.”
An Iranian company has won a contract to rehabilitate two hydroelectric plants located on the Euphrates River in the northeast of the country.
The Public Establishment for Electricity Generation has issued a tender for the extension of the Zara steam power plant.
MAPNA, an Iranian engineering company, has won a contract to build a 470 MW CCP plant in Suweida, south of Syria, according to the Iranian news agency, IRNA.
The Ministry of Electricity has announced that starting next week it will reduce blackouts in most parts of the country from an average of 12 hours a day currently to 6 hours, as temperatures rise again and the supply lines to power plants return to normal.
Power outages and attacks on the power distribution network have cost the Syrian economy an estimated SYP 23 billion, or around USD 400 million, according to the Minister of Electricity.
More than half of all electricity produced in Syria is consumed by households, according to a recent study by the Ministry of Electricity.
Updated January 08, 2011: An explosion targeted last week a gas pipeline near the city of Homs leading to the interruption of supplies to two power plants and adding to Syria’s electric supplies problems.
Power cuts have markedly increased across Syria as demand surges on the back of the shortages in heating oil.
Updated November 21: Syria has awarded a EUR 19 million contract to France’s Alstom to build ten power transformers across the country, according to Al-Thawra, a local daily.
Demand for electricity rose 13 percent in the first 10 days of November compared to the same period of last year as a growing number of households are switching to electricity from gas oil for their heating, according to Imad Khamis, the Minister of Electricity.
Demand for electricity in Syria is expected to increase to 147 billion kWh in 2030, according to Hisham Mashfej, the head of the country’s power utility.


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