Iran Signs Deals To Repair Syria's Power Grid, Infrastructure

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Posted: Sep. 12, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

The contracts, worth "several hundred million euros", were signed during Syrian Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli's visit to Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran has signed preliminary agreements with Syria to fix the power grid in the Aleppo city and the provinces of Latakia and Dayr al-Zawr in the Arab state, State TV reported on Wednesday.

The Iranian company Mabna will sell five gas-fired power plants to the heavily damaged city of Aleppo for about $155 million.

Kharboutli also signed memorandums with Iranian Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi promising to import five plants to provide 540 megawatts of electricity to the coastal Latakia province, as well as to build wind and solar plants, and to restore plants in Deir el-Zour and Homs.

Thousands of troops from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have fought alongside Syrian government troops and suffered heavy casualties in the war against rebels and IS militants. Assad has been battling an uprising against his family's 47-year dynasty since 2011.

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During the more than six years of fighting, Syria's infrastructure has taken a tremendous hit.

While the brutal siege of East Aleppo ended eight months ago, municipal authorities only restored the electricity supply to the city last week.

He made the remarks during the signing ceremony of new agreements between Iran's Ministry of Energy and the Syrian Ministry of Electricity in Tehran.

Most of Aleppo's power plants were located in East Aleppo and were destroyed during the regime campaign to recapture the opposition-held area.

Assad's government awarded a concession to Iran to operate a new cellular network for Syria in January.

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