Syria and Kurdistan to build wind farms

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is seeking advice on the country's first wind farm project,

, the Middle East business intelligence newsletter,

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Syria has already launched the

process for the 50-100 megawatt project, with bids due at the end of this month.

The wind-power development would be part of a master plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency that the Syrian government is preparing in co-operation with the

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By 2030, Syria wants to install 2,500mw of wind power, 3,000mw of mainly photovoltaic solar power, to install four million solar water heating systems and to increase the efficiency of various sectors of its economy to bring them into line with international standards.

This year, it plans to announce two additional wind projects with respective generating capacities of

and 100mw, to install a 1mw photovoltaic array and to launch a joint venture to produce photovoltaic panels.

The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which is chronically undersupplied with electricity, is also set on developing wind power.

The Kurdish regional government has ordered six turbines for a pilot project from the Dutch wind farm developer Main Wind. The turbines will be manufactured in

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