Syria supplies electricity to Lebanon

MENA

Published: 2017-08-08 15:30

Last Updated: 2017-08-08 15:41


Lebanon is receiving electricity from Syria. (File photo)
Lebanon is receiving electricity from Syria. (File photo)
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Syria has started to supply Lebanon with 300 MW of electricity over high-power voltage lines, the Daily Star has reported.

“Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil signed an agreement with the Syrian government two days ago to buy electricity from Syria. We have boosted the demand from 90 MW to 300 MW,” an official told Lebanese news site, the Daily Star.

No information has been released on the cost and duration of the contract however Lebanese TV station MTV reported the contract was 25 percent higher than leasing the barges.

Syria used to generate over 12,000 MW of electricity before the war broke out, however current production does not exceed 2,500 MW.

However, the Daily Star reported that while the Syrian government cannot supply electricity to the rest of the country as a result of war and the destruction of power lines, the regime has opted to sell it to Lebanon.

While Lebanon used to export power to Syria four decades ago, Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war has left the country in a power crisis.