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Syria turns to Iran for Electricity Source

(DP-News - agencies)
SYRIA- The Syrian power grid has cut off its transmission lines with Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, and turned east to replace these countries with Iran, its regional ally, press reports said last week.

Various media outlets have reported that Syria has gradually halted electricity imports from Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, relinquishing its presence in a regional electric project launched by Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.

The project was established some years ago and consisted at first of these five countries, before expanding to include others for political and economic reasons.

Reports said that Syria, under an agreement that was signed with Tehran three months ago, will be supplied with 250 megawatts of electricity.

This quantity will compensate for the shortage that has resulted from the attacks on the power grid and the withdrawal from the regional electric project.

Earlier, Agence France-Presse (AFP) quoted the Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz as saying that “Syria has suspended purchasing power from Turkey.”

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Syria and Turkey under which the two countries agreed to cooperate in the fields of electrical power, renewable-energy generation and distribution to enhance the efficiency of the electrical grid.

Under this MOU, Turkey supplied Syria with quantities of electricity which did not exceed 3% of Turkey’s total production.

The deal was valued at $100 million between 2007 and 2008, according to official sources.

In a similar context, few days ago, the Jordanian Al-Ghad newspaper quoted the chairman of the board of Directors of the National Electricity Company Malek Kabariti as saying that “Syria has stopped the electricity supply from Jordan and Egypt over the national Jordanian network since [the Muslim holiday of] Eid al-Fitr.”

“So far, Syria has not ordered any quantities of electrical energy. Before halting the electricity supply, the Daraa region used to be supplied with [Jordanian] electricity,” he added.

Syria, Jordan and Egypt are members of the electric interconnection project, which also consists of Libya, Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

Egypt supplies Syria and Lebanon with electricity over the Jordanian network.

Iran has begun to compensate for the shortage in electricity in Syria, which has suffered from significant losses in the past two years due to 19-month crisis.
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George Hariss            10/22/2012 11:20:33 PM
Seems a regime gang (not a government) has run out of money and can't pay the electricity cost, so it turned to Iran for help.
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