Syria, Iran talk on bolstering co-op in electricity sector
The required mechanisms to enhance cooperation in the power sector were discussed during a meeting between Syrian Minister of Electricity, Mohammad Zuheir Kharboutli and Hassan Danaiefar Chairman of Committee on the development of ties with Syria and Iraq, IRNA reports.
During the talks, the two sides stressed the joint determination to take advantage of existing and available capabilities and build a full partnership between the Syrian and Iranian companies with the participation of the public and private sectors and adopt practical steps to achieve a quantum leap in the field of electricity sector, SANA reported.
In turn, minister Kharboutli pointed out the importance of the Aleppo Thermal Power Station and the need to maintain and rehabilitate it as the city of Aleppo is an important industrial city.
“We are working hard to bring the station back to service with a capacity of 1065 MW,” the minister said.
He pointed out to the importance of cooperating with Iran Power plant Repair Company (IPRC), saying that “the experience of this company will be used to support the electricity sector in Syria, and it was agreed to hold bilateral meetings between experts from both sides to examine the needs of the Syrian electricity sector.”
He noted that he called on IPRC to submit its technical and financial offer related to repairing Aleppo Thermal Power Station at a maximum of 60 days from today.
For his part, Danaiefar who doubles as the advisor to Iranian first vice-president, said that the Iranian companies are fully prepared to cooperate with the Syrian side in the field of electricity power sector.
In a press statement following the talks, Danaiefar stressed the importance of electrical interconnection between Syria, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon due to its economic importance for the region.