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Iran will supply electricity for Syrian reconstruction

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Iran will supply electricity for Syrian reconstruction

Iran and Syria on Saturday signed an agreement on long-term cooperation in the electricity market. Tehran expect to export electricity to the Arab Republic, said the Iranian Energy Ministry.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Syrian Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharboutli and Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian.

"We plan and intend, after building the infrastructure necessary to implement this program, to synchronize the Iranian and Syrian power grids within three years," Ardakanian said.

He noted that in the future there would be the possibility of electricity transfer between Iran and Syria through Iraq. The minister recalled that Iran and Iraq have already synchronized their power grids.

In a separate statement, the ministry announced that the three countries would create a special consortium. The two energy chiefs also agreed that Iranian companies would participate in the construction of thermal power plants in Syria, restoring them and expanding their capacity.

In early September, it was reported that about 180 Iranian companies would be involved in rebuilding Syria after years of devastating civil war. Agreements between the two countries were signed at the end of October to restore energy to war-torn Syrian regions.

In the fall of 2018, Iran's MAPNA Group signed an agreement with Syria to build a power plant in Latakia city with a capacity of 540 megawatts.

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