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As the Syrian civil war slowly winds down, President Bashar al-Assad and his government have shifted focus toward reconstruction. Restoring the country’s dilapidated power generation sector is at the top of the list. Years of war saw effective powergen capacity fall to just 4-5GW, well down on theoretical installed capacity of 9.82GW. Syria also boasts considerable hydropower, though its current status remains unclear (see table).
Along with massive territorial losses, the flight of key staff, and chronic shortages of gas and liquid fuel feedstock, this led power output to collapse by almost two-thirds between 2011 and 2016 (see chart).
But today, with refugees slowly returning home and the country tiptoeing back toward normality, Syria’s cabinet is scrambling to overhaul destroyed powerplants and raise natural gas production to provide ample fuel. (CONTINUED - 1149 WORDS)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|table||Syrian Power plants|
|chart||Syria Electricty Output (Twh): Tentative 2017 Rebound After 2013-16 Collapse Due To Damaged Powerplants And Fuel Shortages|
|table||Syria's Gas Processing Facilities|