As in ancient times, energy demand from the agricultural sector is mostly for irrigation.
Wind development could represent a more attainable way for the Syria government to meet its
renewable energy objectives, however, than its previous focus on solar energy, which is more expensive.
"Syria has a considerable wind energy potential in a variety of locations," noted Mahmoud al Khosman, the Marafeq chief executive.
Marafeq, a unit of CHAM, would develop the initial wind project, Vestas would provide technology, and Kuwaiti contractor
Al Kharafi would be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction, SANA said.
The development would mark CHAM's debut in renewable energy investment. The group is currently involved in a thermal power project in Syria. It has previously undertaken "specialised" projects in the country's oil and gas producing sector, according to i
nformation on its web site.
In another development reported by the news agency, the institute was
developing a regional sunlight map in co-operation with Armenia, with a view to investing in solar-powered water-heating and cooling projects.
These may be baby steps towards exploiting Syria's renewable energy potential, but at least they are realistic for an underdeveloped Middle Eastern country without the huge investment resources of the Arab Gulf oil-producing states. It is encouraging that private-sector investors are getting involved at such an early stage.