The Syrian Oil Minister announced this week the entry of the “Zamlat al-Mahra 1” gas well into production near the historic city of Palmyra in the Syrian desert.
Minister Bassam Tohme said this would improve the energy situation in the country during the next stage, as the production of the well, amounting to 250,000 м³, will mostly feed power plants.
But oil expert Bassam Marzouk contradicts the Syrian official.
“The productivity of the gas well, which reaches 250,000 м³, will hardly suffice to operate one plant for one or two days, and therefore will not increase the generation capacity by more than 100 megawatts, and for the same period,” Marzouk tells Iqtissad.
Marzouk, an expert in energy affairs, added that Syria’s gas production is currently more than 11 million м³ per day, yet it is barely enough to operate the generation plants for ten continuous days, pointing out that the actual need is more than 25 million cubic meters per day, and that for the stations to operate at full capacity, electricity continues around the clock.
Marzouk considered the statements of Syrian regime officials about the improvement of the electrical situation through the entry of 250,000 м³ of gas into the network as exaggerated and presenting false hopes for an improvement in the situation, while on the ground, it is an achievement that is not only small but even unimportant, Officials should not have invested it on such a provocative scale, as he described it.
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