Thursday, February 12, 2004 "The multibillion-dollar power grid will link Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Libya in the first phase."
Thursday, March 04, 2004 Energy and Water Minister Ayoub Humayed said that the gas pipeline, GASYLE I, linking Syria’s industrial compound in Banias to Lebanon’s Deir Ammar power station would be completed in June 2004.
Saturday, March 13, 2004 "Spectrum and TGS-Nopec carried out a 2D seismic study of Lebanon’s seabed, ECL and AT Energy conducted geological assessments of the offshore area, Suez/Tractebel advised the ministry on the Syrian-Lebanese natural gas transmission project and the liquefied natural gas terminal, Baker Botts will work on the upstream legal guidelines and Denton Wilde will work on downstream legal guidelines."
Thursday, June 17, 2004 The sources did not explain the technical reasons for this delay but stressed that the power plants in Lebanon will definitely switch to the Syrian gas before the end of 2004. The new flow of natural gas into Lebanon will be made possible as soon as the construction of the 32-kilometer natural gas pipeline, GASYLE I, is completed.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 Speaking to reporters in Beirut after attending a weekend meeting of Arab energy ministers in Cairo, Humayed said that it was agreed that Syria would link its own gas network with that of the Arab Gas Network. The minister predicted that by 2006 the Arab network would be linked to the Turkish gas network, thus achieving a six-state gas link-up.
Saturday, November 06, 2004 To appease growing Lebanese anger, Khoury told officials here that Damascus is ready to help Beirut overcome some of its problems, such as reducing the cost of electricity production. Khoury said Syria is building a gas pipeline that would supply gas to two power plants in Tripoli and Sidon.
Saturday, November 13, 2004 Ministers and economists warned on different occasions that the government cannot afford to keep spending money on EDL, adding that the Treasury had spent over $11 billion over the past 10 years trying to fix the company's problems.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005 Syria was supposed to supply natural gas to Lebanon in 2002 through a pipeline but due to technical difficulties the agreement never materialized.... The cost of kilowatts in Lebanon is three times higher than in Syria, Egypt and Turkey.
Thursday, February 10, 2005 The International Monetary Fund and many rating agencies have been urging the Lebanese government to restructure EDL, warning that Lebanon's energy sector is draining resources from other areas of the economy.
Friday, April 01, 2005 The pipeline was completed on March 17 and when the upgraded Deir Ammar power station, built near the Syrian border in 1997, comes online it will save Lebanon $100 million in energy costs, said a ministry statement.
Thursday, June 09, 2005 "Officially [the Syrians] told us there was a problem with software which will take some time to fix. They told us they need some instruments from the U.S. which will be difficult to get because of the embargo...." The Syrian Gas Company could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 There were numerous efforts to restructure EDL and cut losses but the problems were overwhelming.
COMMENT: These "technical difficulties" have been going on since 2002, and they never seem to end!!!