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    The Syrian authorities will start gas extraction at three new field in the Damascus province by the end of 2016, the deputy head of the Syrian Gas Company (SGC) said on Tuesday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The gas extraction fields will be routed to Furqlus, one of the largest Syrian gas plant in the Homs province, the official said.

    "Before the end of the year, it is planned to put into operation three gas fields: Deir Atiyah, Qara and El Breidj in the north of the province of Damascus, all of them are currently under development," Ghassan Tarraf told RIA Novosti.

    SGC is a state-owned company founded in 2003, which has been under the umbrella of the General Petroleum Corporation (GPC) since 2009.

    In March, SGC started gas extraction near the Syrian town of Sadad to the northeast of Damascus. The gas is generally used to generate electricity.

    Syria has been experiencing gas shortages as extremist and rebel groups captured a number of facilities in Deir ez-Zor, Hasakah and Palmyra, according to media reports.


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