Syria increases gas production and hopes for more electricity, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

FURUQLUS: Newly installed turbine compressors at a gas facility in central Syria will lead to increased production that will help ease the power crisis in the war-torn country, facility officials said on Wednesday sprawling.

The Syrian Gas Co. facility in the central province of Homs has suffered a series of attacks during Syria’s 11-year conflict, including the kidnapping of personnel, a car bomb, rocket barrages and drone strikes that killed 11 people at the facility, according to Fadi Ibrahim, who heads the Syria South Gas plant.

Syria’s conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands, displaced half of the country’s population of 23 million and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, has hit the country’s oil and gas facilities hard . In recent years, intense clashes have erupted around gas fields in central Syria, mainly between government forces and members of the Islamic State group.

To the east, the country’s largest oil fields are in the hands of US-backed Kurdish fighters, depriving the government of the resource and its revenue.

Amin Aldagree, managing director of the Syrian Gas Co., said two gas turbine engine compressors have been installed and are working while two more will be ready by the end of the year. He said that in the future two compressors will be running and the other two will be on standby.

“We have started to feel the tangible results,” Aldagree told The Associated Press, adding that the projected increase will be around 500,000 cubic meters (17.6 million cubic feet) per day. He said the gas will be delivered to customers such as power stations and in the form of gas cylinders for customers.

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

Aldagree said a major problem they have faced over the years is obtaining spare parts for the machines due to Western sanctions imposed on the Syrian government after the conflict began. He said recently that Syrian engineers were able to manufacture spare parts in the country.

Officials did not specify by how many hours a day the electricity supply would increase. The capital Damascus receives on average between eight and 12 hours a day.

Syrian government forces now control much of the country, thanks to allies Russia and Iran, which helped tip the balance of power in Assad’s favor. Gas fields in Homs province are now mostly safe after Syrian troops captured much of the province.

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

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