The People’s Assembly discussed the performance of the Electricity Ministry on Tuesday, focusing on efforts to ensure power is available in all areas and to limit the impact of terrorist attacks on the sector.
Electricity Minister Imad Khamis reviewed the ministry’s administrative and technical work for repairing terrorism-related damage to the power grid and maintaining its readiness, underlining efforts made by the Petroleum Ministry and other establishments to provide fuel for power stations.
Khamis pointed to the recurrent attacks on gas lines feeding the power stations, the most recent of which took place a few days ago, noting that current power output sits at 1,500-2,500 megawatts per day. Syria’s energy requirements prior to the crisis was around 9,000 megawatts per day.
The minister claimed the power grid’s components are in good working order, but the main problem is the shortage of fuel for stations, adding that rationing hours are affected by which line is connected to vital facilities, with work underway to manage these facilities on their own lines to ensure justice in rationing.
The members’ comments and queries focused on the need to achieve just and balanced rationing hours among all areas, while improving the living conditions of power sector workers.
The assembly also suggested employing alternative energy sources such as wind power and solar energy.