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Turkish electricity exports to Syria stop, but may resume soon - source

11 Oct 2012 17:30:06 | edem

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A total of 300MW has returned to the Turkish market after the country stopped exporting electricity to Syria.

Turkey has had an agreement to flow 500MW to Syria through the 400kV Birecik to Aleppo line. However, it has been exporting about 380MW, which may have decreased to an estimated 300MW or less since August, ICIS understands. Those flows stopped last week.

A source at grid operator TEIAŞ denied the flows had been stopped on political grounds and added they might resume from January 2013.

"The regulator will have to grant a new licence and the flows can resume from next year," the source said.

Some sources interviewed by ICIS said the line may have been affected by nearby cross-fire strikes on the border in recent days.

The electricity is exported by Aksa Elektrik Toptan Satış from a gas-fired generator into Syria. Turkish regulator EMRA was due to hold a capacity auction for the export of up to 500MW, but the watchdog is still to decide on the allocation of licences (see EDEM 11 September 2012).

TEIAŞ which has been in a trial parallel operation with the synchronous area of mainland Europe since September 2010 (see EDEM 20 September 2010) asked the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Europe (ENTSO-E) to approve provisional synchronous flows to the Middle Eastern country, given the association's role as the supervisory authority of synchronous interconnections in mainland Europe.

ENTSO-E agreed in May 2011, and one of Turkey's largest energy producers, Aksa, was allowed to export electricity for a year through a temporary synchronous interconnection to a "passive island" in the country. AS

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