Syria to rely increasingly on gas power stations

Mar 10, 2002 01:00 AM

Syria's limited oil reserves is pushing the country to switch from oil-powered electric stations to gas-fed, and to a lesser extent water-fed, electric stations. A report released by the ministry of electricity, estimates that Syria will need to invest over $ 1 bn in order to add 3,000 MW to its generating capacity by 2010.

Most of the planned projects will operate as combined cycle stations and will be supplied by gas or water. The recently built plants of Al-Zara (600 MW), Jandar (600 MW) (both financed by Japan and built by Mitsubishi), Al-Nasrieh (300 MW) and Zeyzoun (300 MW) are all gas turbine stations.
Aleppo's 1,000 MW thermal station, and the 630 MW Teshreen hydro-electric plant were also built in the same perspective of relying increasingly on alternative sources of supply.

This policy that has led to the conversion of a number of older stations to gas supply has required heavy investments in the last few years, mainly financed by loans and grants from Japan and Arab financial institutions (Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)).
Syria's aim is to release an increasing volume of oil for exports and to rationalise its reserves, which at current extraction volume, should not last more than 10 years.

Source: Syria Report
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