IS loss of Conoco plant reframes Syrian gas options

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have taken a valuable asset as IS is pushed back in eastern Syria The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have taken a valuable asset as IS is pushed back in eastern Syria.
By James Gavin 4 October 2017 0 27836
A photo of SDF soldiers in Raqqa, Syria. SDF soldiers in Raqqa, Syria. (PA)

The reported capture of the Conoco gas plant by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)  suggests the Kurdish-led coalition is now in possession of a valuable asset as it competes with the Syrian army for resources relinquished by the retreating jihadists. 

The Conoco processing plant – named after ConocoPhillips, which built and operated it between 2001 and 2005 – was taken over by IS in 2014 as it swept through Deir ez-Zour province. Before the conflict, the plant had a capacity of around 13 million cubic metres...

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