Syria regime inks Aleppo power plant contract with Iran

Iran role in destructed Aleppo
Iran role in destructed Aleppo

Syria's regime signed a contract with an Iranian company on Tuesday to import five gas-fired power plants to the war-battered city of Aleppo, in an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria's reconstruction, Voice of America reported.

The deal, reported by Syria's state news agency SANA, is part of a broader understanding reached by Damascus and Tehran promising Iranian companies contracts to restore electrical infrastructure in Syria, Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharboutli said during a visit to Tehran.

The Aleppo contract was awarded to the Iranian firm Mabna and is valued at around 130 million euros, according to a Kharboutli statement carried Sunday by SANA.

Kharboutli also signed memorandums with Iranian Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi promising to import five plants to provide 540 megawatts of electricity to the coastal Latakia province, as well as to build wind and solar plants, and to restore plants in Deir el-Zour and Homs.

Iran has been an indispensable ally to Bashar Assad, organizing militias from Lebanon to Afghanistan to fight alongside his forces and sending its own Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to Syria to manage battles. 

Assad has been battling an uprising against his family's 47-year dynasty since 2011.

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