Turkish Energy company monopolizes electricity in opposition-controlled areas north Syria

ALEPPO NORTHERN COUNTRYSIDE, Syria (North Press) – The Turkish Ak Energy company monopolizes the electricity sector in the north and east areas of Aleppo, northern Syria, which are run by Turkish-backed opposition factions.

In 2018, the local council of Azaz authorized the private Turkish company, AK Energy, to provide the city of Azaz and its countryside with electricity by laying high-voltage cables through Bab al-Salama border crossing in the Sejo area, north of the city. 

The company expands its scope of work in the cities and towns of north and east Aleppo to include the cities of Marea, Soran and al-Ra’i, north of Aleppo, in addition to the cities of al-Bab, Jarablus, the towns of Qabasin, Bazza’ and other towns and villages in the region, a source told North Press. 

Electricity is taken from several Turkish states along the Syrian-Turkish border, such as Kilis, opposite the city of Azaz, and Gaziantep, opposite the city of Jarablus, east of Aleppo, according to the same source. 

The company recently raised the price of a kilowatt from 85 to 147 piasters, equivalent to (400 Syrian pounds).

Cities and towns north and east of Aleppo witnessed widespread popular protests against the electricity company, describing the local councils in those areas thieves as they took sides with the company according to the same source.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo