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Assad Offers to Supply Lebanon With Power, Despite Syrian Cities Living in Darkness

Syrian government puts forward plan to provide Beirut with power from its grid at 'symbolic' prices, according to Lebanese website's report
Assad Offers to Supply Lebanon With Power, Despite Syrian Cities Living in Darkness

The Assad regime has proposed to Lebanon that it supply Beirut with electricity to plug a recent gap, according to a report on the Lebanon Debate website.

The website said that the proposal, which is now in the energy departments, stipulates that Syria would send about 300 megawatts daily to Beirut, transported over electric cables that connect the two countries.

While it did not give the value of the proposal, the website quoted sources as saying that it would be “symbolic” compared with the services which will be given by the two new power ships expected to arrive to Beirut. The power-generating boats to be anchored in Lebanese waters aim to provide 400 megawatts daily, which will increase to 500 megawatts, in exchange for $2 billion.

According to the Lebanon Debate report published on Tuesday, Syria has lost about 75 percent of its electrical production capacity, which used to stand at around 12,000 megawatts daily, but now produces no more than 2,500 megawatts.

The Assad regime has been unable to confront the water, fuel and electricity crises in the areas which it controls, meaning many Syrian cities live in darkness.

Residents in Syria complain about the continual outages for long hours every day. The regime government justifies these outages with various excuses, including the lack of access to fuel to operate the electricity stations. Some excuses cast blame on citizens, whereby the regime government accuses them of using electricity for heating despite there being no electricity for two to four hours a day in some areas.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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