Deir Ezzor lives in darkness because of Russia

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Informed sources told Deir Ezzor 24 that the Minister of Electricity issued a decision to stop the frequency protection system in Deir Ezzor province, and increase rolling blackouts to 4 and a half hours followed by only one and a half hours of electricity, which raised the resentment of civilians, especially with the increase of temperature.

The source explained that “Jandar” station supplies Deir Ezzor province with electricity, and attributed the poor state of electricity to Russia’s investment in fertilizer plants in Homs province, which consumes large amounts of electricity and gas.

Al-Watan newspaper had earlier accused the fertilizer plants invested by Russia in Homs of being behind the increased rolling blackouts, as they consume daily amounts of gas enough to generate 300 megawatts of electricity a day. This amount can supply a whole city with electricity around the clock. Russia’s Stroytransgaz company was granted the right to invest in the fertilizer plant in Homs for 25 years.

Civilians were resentful due to the city’s poor electricity. They expressed their complaints on social media, indicating that they were deceived by Assad regime during the recent election show, as the regime supplied the province with long hours of electricity followed by few hours of blackouts as a misleading advertisement.

The source explained that most neighborhoods in the province are completely destroyed, and do not receive electricity at all. He said that the al-Taim field station, which is located 22 km south of Deir Ezzor city, supplies only the government departments, institutions of the Assad regime, its military circles and militia headquarters with electricity.

Al-Taim station was out of service due to the clashes that took place in the region between the SDF and Daesh in 2018. Assad regime rehabilitated it at a cost of 70 million Syrian pounds, and operated it for the benefit of its institutions and militias’ headquarters.

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