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Syrian energy sector is in a catastrophic situation: Minister

The Syrian Minister of Oil said that the energy sector in Syria was greatly affected from the year 2011 until today, as oil production decreased from about 385,000 barrels per day to about 15,000 barrels at the present time, and the total production of natural gas also decreased from about 30 million cubic meters per day in 2011 to about 10 million cubic meters per day at the present time.

Dr. Firas Qaddour stated during the 12th Arab Energy Conference, which was held by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) over two days in the Qatari capital, Doha, that electricity production in Syria depends almost entirely, at a rate of 94 percent, on traditional energy carriers (natural gas and fuel oil), which is As a result, the amounts of electricity produced in power plants will decrease to 19.2 billion kilowatt-hours in 2022.

The Minister of Oil reviewed the major negative effects on energy and electricity sector projects after the year 2011, as international companies working in the field of prospecting and exploration suspended their work, and banking relations with international banks also stopped, in addition to the large leakage of expert human cadres in the energy and electricity sector.

Qaddour also pointed out that these challenges imposed on the energy and electricity sector require all concerted efforts to return this sector to what it was before the crisis in order to provide energy sources of oil, gas and electricity, advance the economic wheel, and provide basic humanitarian requirements.

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