Billions of dollars need to be channeled into Syria's electricity-generating infrastructure to meet rising demand.
The electricity deputy minister, Eng. Sufyan Alaa told al Bayan daily that the country should invest $30 billion from now to 2020 to be able to supply 72 billion kv/h. The Syrian electricity consumption per capita equals half of the global per-capita average. The Syrian electricity consumption per capita accounts just 5 per cent of the consumption in Norway, 10 per cent of that in USA and 20 per cent in that of Western Europe.
Regarding sources for electricity generation, the deputy minister said that the country's water reserves are limited and responsible for merely 10 per cent of the national electricity production.
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