A consortium of Emirati companies will build a large photovoltaic power station in the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus as a part of a cooperation agreement that was signed by the Syrian Ministry of Electricity on November 11.
The station, which will be able to produce 300 mw from solar power, will be built in the area of Wdian al-Rabi’a near the Tishreen thermal power plant.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the United Arab Emiratis (UAE) will finance 100% of the turnkey project. Syria will pay back the cost on a quarterly basis for the next ten years. The construction is expected to take no more than two years.
The power station will save 125,000 tons of fuel a year, saving Syria 117 billion pounds and around 350,00 tons of carbon.
“This is the first time that the ministry contracts Emirati companies, there will be a specialized team to follow up the work to build the photovoltaic station that will be a good source to meet the demand for electric power in Syria,” Mahmoud Ramadan, head of Syria’s General Electricity Generation Corporation, said after signing the contract.
Two days earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, made a breakthrough visit to Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad.
Wdian al-Rabi’a project confirms that the UAE is serious about rebuilding its relations with Syria on all levels, not just politically.
The project is yet another blow to the US Syria policy which is based on isolating Damascus and preventing any reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country. Washington’s allies in the Middle East have begun to distance themselves from this failed policy.
A few months ago, Syria accepted a proposal to transport Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to Lebanon through its territory.