MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran and Syria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the electricity sector, providing for the construction of a power station in Syria's Latakia province, SANA news agency reported Tuesday.
The total capacity of the future power generation station will be 450 MW.
The memorandum also involves the establishment of five gas turbines, each with a capacity of 125 MW, in Baniyas, the assessment of the state of the thermal power plant in Aleppo, and the restoration of two power stations in the Deir ez-Zor and Homs provinces.
Iran has expressed its readiness to take part in the reconstruction of the Syrian electricity sector, which has been considerably damaged over the last several years.
Syria has been in the state of civil war for over six years, with government forces fighting against both Syrian opposition groups who strive to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as the Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (al-Nusra Front), both of which are banned in Russia.
The restoration of infrastructure in Syria became possible after the liberation of major militant strongholds, including Aleppo, and the most recent lifting of the siege of Deir ez-Zor as a result of military efforts taken by the Syrian army and its allies.
In August, Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture expressed its willingness to help the development of Syria's businesses, as well as to assist Damascus in the implementation of its reconstruction initiatives across the country.