Is $1.35 Billion the Price of Cuba's Support for Russia's Actions in Syria?

Monday, October 19, 2015
Less than a week after news reports indicate Cuban troops are supporting Russia's actions in Syria, Vladimir Putin's government approves the construction of four power units at two Cuban thermal power plants.

The project is estimated to cost around $1.35 billion.

Perhaps this is the price of Cuba's support for Russia's actions in Syria -- along with the $32 billion debt Putin wrote off last year.

From Sputnik News:

Russia to Build 4 Units at 2 Thermal Power Plants in Cuba 

Russia might build four units at two thermal power plants in Cuba.

Russia and Cuba are planning to sign an agreement to construct four units at two thermal power plants in Cuba, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s decree said Monday.

"Approve… a draft agreement between the Russian Government and the Government of Cuba on the construction of power units at Maximo Gomes and Este Habana thermal power plants," the decree reads. "And after coming to terms, to sign the agreement on behalf of the Russian Government."

Russia's Inter RAO-Export and the Cuban company Union Electrica signed a memorandum of understanding on the prospective contract for the construction of four power units in Cuba with a capacity of 200 megawatts each during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Havana on July 11, 2014.

One of the units is to be constructed at Maximo Gomes in the Mariel municipality; the other three will be installed in Santa Cruz del Norte’s Este Habana.

The deal was previously estimated to cost $1.35 billion.

Both power stations, where the four generators are planned to be installed, were built by Soviet experts using domestic energy equipment.