The government has awarded a local company the first power sector contract under the Public Private Partnership Law, and Russian and Emirati companies contracts worth hundreds of millions of euros to rehabilitate and build renewable energy power plants in the country.
An Emirati-Chinese company will sponsor a renewable energy conference in Damascus next week, which may serve to highlight the United Arab Emirate’s interest in the Syrian market.
A recent 55-page report provides a comprehensive overview of the captagon drug trade in Syria, its evolution since the early 2000s, methods of production, implicated state and non-state actors, and market trends.
A Russian energy company and Russian and Syrian-Russian investors have contracted with the government to build a gas turbine power plant in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City in Aleppo.
Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian officials have moved one step further towards implementing an electricity supply deal after signing an agreement in Beirut last week. Following the meeting, new details regarding the World Bank's potential role in financing the deal and the pricing of Jordan's exported energy were disclosed.
Electricity companies in the opposition-held parts of the Idlib and Aleppo governorates have recently increased their fees for each kilowatt-hour by 40 to 50 percent in Idlib and 160 to 280 percent in Aleppo, further escalating protests that have proliferated as a result of the region's worsening economic crisis and the recent collapse of the Turkish lira.
The Ministry of Electricity has recently announced that electricity will be heavily rationed ahead of the winter season given that local production remains a fraction of demand. Meanwhile, the government plans to activate a new service this month that would allow businesses to avoid rationing electricity altogether in return for paying extremely high fees.
The Ministry of Electricity has recently annulled dozens of small- and medium-sized renewable energy licences, some of which belong to prominent businessmen, while the country’s dismal business environment remains a major hurdle to investment.
Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan have announced that they have reached a deal over the sale of Jordanian electricity to Lebanon via Syria. The nature and extent of Syria’s benefits from the deal is not yet clear.
President Bashar Al-Assad approved a law establishing a fund to promote the use of renewable energy sources with the aim of reducing the dependency on conventional energy sources.
The Syrian government has reported Emirati and Chinese interest in its project to incentivise investments in wind and solar energy as it seeks to increase the share of renewable energy sources in its energy mix in the long term, although funding remains a challenge.
On September 4, the Lebanese Caretaker Government sent a delegation of high-ranking ministers to Syria, marking the first official visit since the start of Syria’s decade-long conflict.
Shortages of natural gas and dysfunctional power plants have forced the government to tighten rationing of electricity in response to an intensifying power crisis.
The Ministry of Electricity has estimated the losses of the electricity sector since the beginning of the Syrian uprising at SYP 3 trillion, according to local media.
Iran’s MAPNA Group will repair and restore two of the five turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant, according to state media reports. The EUR-124-million contract, signed with the government late last year, was widely covered in local media, but the contractor was not previously confirmed.
The Ministry of Electricity has decided to cut overnight power supplies to Syria's main industrial cities twice per week until the end of February, in a new sign of the severity of the electricity shortages affecting the country. The cities, which comprise the backbone of Syria’s industrial sector, had previously been exempted from power rationing.
A Russian firm is moving into Syria’s renewable energy sector after winning two licences to set up photovoltaic power stations last month, according to official documents seen by The Syria Report.
The Syrian government will commission an unnamed contractor to restore turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant—one of the country’s biggest power plants—in a contract worth EUR 124 million, officials said.
An Israeli power producer has announced that it has secured a loan to finance what is set to become the largest wind power investment on the occupied Golan Heights.
The government has once again extended the bidding deadlines for six power projects after failing to attract contractors and funding. However, two small turbines in Banias and Deir-ez-Zor have been rehabilitated.