Syria increases gas production, hopes for more electricity

FURUQLUS, Syria – Officials at the facility say new turbine compressors installed at a gas facility in central Syria will lead to increased production, helping to defuse the war-torn country’s electricity crisis. break.

The Syrian Gas Company’s facility in the central province of Homs has been subjected to a series of attacks during Syria’s 11-year conflict, including employee abductions, suicide car bombings, A series of rockets and drone strikes killed 11 people at the facility, according to Fadi Ibrahim, head of the Southern Syria Gas Plant.

The conflict in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced half of the country’s 23 million people and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage that has severely affected the country’s oil and gas facilities. this. In recent years, violent clashes have broken out around gas fields in central Syria, mainly between government forces and members of the Islamic State group.

In the east, the country’s biggest oil fields are in the hands of US-backed Kurdish fighters who are depriving the government of resources and income.

Amin Aldagree, General Manager of Syria Gas Company, said that two gas turbine engine compressors have been installed and are in operation while two more will be ready by the end of the year. He said that in the near future, two compressors will operate and the other two will be in standby mode.

“We are already starting to feel tangible results,” Aldagree told The Associated Press, adding that the expected increase would be about 500,000 cubic meters (17.6 million cubic feet) a day. He said the gas will be delivered to customers as power stations and gas cylinders to customers.

He said the project is part of a contract with Russia’s Stroytransgaz, an engineering company in the oil and gas industry.

Aldagree said a major problem it had faced for years was getting spare parts for machines due to Western sanctions imposed on the Syrian government after the conflict began. He said that recently, Syrian engineers have been able to produce spare parts in the country.

Officials did not say how many hours a day the electricity supply would increase. The capital Damascus has an average of 8 to 12 hours per day.

Syrian government forces that now control much of the country, thanks to allies Russia and Iran, have helped create a balance of power in Assad’s favor. The gas fields in Homs province are now mostly safe after the Syrian army captured most of the province.

Last year, the Syrian Electricity Ministry signed a $115 million contract with an Iranian company to rebuild a power plant in a central province. Also last year, Syria signed a contract with a group of companies from the United Arab Emirates to build a solar power plant on the outskirts of Damascus.


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