Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran signs contracts to fix Syria's power grid

Iran signs contracts to fix Syria's power grid

The Aleppo contract was awarded to the Iranian firm Mabna and is valued at around 130 million Euros, according to a Kharboutli statement carried by SANA on Sunday.

The deals were signed in Tehran by Syrian Electricity Minister Mohammed Zuhair Kharboutli and Sattar Mahmoudi, the acting head of Iran's energy ministry, the sources said.

The agreements include building a power plant in the coastal province of Latakia with a capacity of 540 megawatts and restoring the main control center for Syria's electricity grid in the capital Damascus, Press TV said.

The government of Syria has signed an agreement with Iran to fix parts of the war-torn country's power grid, state media said, in an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria's reconstruction.

"Iranian companies are well capable of providing power-plants and energy equipment", said the Syrian minister for his part, "we hope to be able to use these capabilities for the cause of rebuilding Syria".

Iran has secured multi-million dollar contracts for Iranian power companies in war-torn Aleppo, reaping the rewards of its pivotal backing for Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad in the country's brutal six-year war.

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.

Iran has made inroads in other areas of Syria's economy, signing agreements to operate a new cell-phone system and gaining concessions on farming land, oil and gas, and phosphate mining.

Mahmoudi, on the Energy Ministry website, said, "We will stand by the Syrian people to rebuild this country".

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