UNASDG supports 300Mw Solar Power Plant in Syria, Damaskus

Updated: Nov 17

The UNASDG supports the Hamad Bin Khalifa Department of Projects (HBK DOP) realizing a 300Mw Solar Power Plant near Damaskus, Syria.

source: HBK

The civil ground breaking has been 6 weeks ago and the commissioning is planned after an 18 month construction period.

In Syria there is currently a deficit of almost 2.1Gw of energy today. The project is part of an Investment initiative in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates.

Development Team on the ground. source: HBK

It is agreed to submit project proposals to the Syrian Investment Authority and to close the energy deficites as soon as possible.

source: HBK


Syria Power Crisis: Electricity shortages rise amid heatwave

Syrians are suffering from a complicated crisis. Electricity shortages appear to have risen amid a heatwave ravaging the country. Zahraa Alderzi reports.

This is Damascus when the electricity goes off at night, a symbol of suffering for Syrians amid an ongoing heatwave. But this crisis is nothing new.

A resident in Damascus "The electricity situation is in chaos. We have to use generators because the electricity usually only lasts for an hour. But the generators only work on diesel, and we can only find it on the black market for unaffordable prices."

A resident in Damascus "When the weather is cool, we go out on the roofs and balconies. But it's too hot now, and there is no electricity. Life is hard without electricity."

A resident in Damascus "Electricity is life, we need it to draw water. There is no electricity. We need it for everything. People are poor and exhausted."

Ever since war erupted in Syria, many power plants and gas lines have been destroyed or damaged. This is in addition to the destruction and loss of gas lines and fields, which are needed in the power generation process.

Syria's government is seeking to invest in renewable energy as a possible solution.

FAWAZ AL-ZAHER General Manager, Public Establishment for Distribution Syrian Ministry of Electricity "Syria's electrical systems were once the best in the region. We had 11 generating stations, but they've been damaged. The damages were roughly five trillion Syrian pounds in 2020. We are working on not losing power. We are planning to use renewable energy sources, like solar and wind. We have contracts to generate 300 megawatts of energy over the next few years."

Electricity generation has decreased to 25 percent compared to the pre-war period. And Syrians are hoping things can get back to normal soon.

ZAHRAA ALDERZI Damascus "The electricity sector has seen heavy damages since the war began in 2011. Even though it wasn't quite up to snuff before the war, shortages in electricity now have still have greatly affected daily life, business, and economic circles and it doesn't look like it can be fixed anytime soon. source: Zahraa Alderzi, CGTN, Damascus.


UAE Investors Weigh Projects in Syria as Ties Warm:

Bashar al-Assad, left, meets with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Abu Dhabi on March 18. Source: Government of Dubai. Omar Tamo, Bloomberg. Al-Watan

Investors from the United Arab Emirates are looking at pumping money into Syria’s renewable energy sector, Al-Watan reported, citing the head of Syrian Investment Authority.

Syrian and Emirati investors have teamed up to submit project proposals to the country’s electricity ministry, Madian Diab was cited as saying by the pro-government newspaper. It didn’t provide further details.

Syria, backed by the UAE’s regional rival Iran, had been a pariah in the Arab world since the breakout of its civil war a decade ago. But in recent years, Gulf Arab governments have been restoring relations with the country, with the UAE reopening its embassy in Damascus in December 2018.

In March, President Bashar al-Assad visited the UAE, his first official visit to an Arab country since civil war, and met with the de facto ruler of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

Last year, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported that UAE firms and the country’s electricity ministry signed an agreement to build a photovoltaic power station in the Damascus suburb.