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.
Syria had a positive electricity trade balance in the first nine months of this year, according to the Minister of Electricity.
Syria’s power utility, PEEGT, has awarded a contract to Germany’s Siemens for the construction of a 350MW power plant north of Damascus; a deal the German firm says it was bound to conclude.
Syria’ National Energy Center is issuing a tender for the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction of a wind power park on Lake Qattineh, as a previous deal with Gamesa of Spain apparently failed to materialize.
PEEGT, the state power utility, has issued a tender for the design and construction of an outdoor substation in the Governorate of Hassakeh, in the northeast of the country.
The Public Establishment for Electricity Generation and Transmission (PEEGT), a Syrian power utility, has extended the bidding calls for two power supply projects in the north and northeast regions of the country.
Syria has established a new state entity in charge of power transmission, the Public Establishment for Electricity Transmission, or PEET, as the country increasingly seeks to diversify its sources of energy.
Theft from the power network reached SYP 560 million or some USD 12 million in the first half of this year, according to the state utility in charge of power distribution.


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