UPDATE 1-Iran reaches 400 mln euro deal with Syria to build a power plant - ISNA

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LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Iran has struck a deal with Damascus to build a 400 million euro ($460 million) power plant in Syria's coastal city of Latakia, a potentially lucrative deal for Tehran to deepen its economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict.

Iran's Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency that a memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday.

Since at least 2012, Iran has provided critical military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assads government, helping it regain control of swathes of the country. Iran experts say Tehran is now looking to reap a financial dividend.

Iran's state news agency IRNA reported that the MoU was signed by the head of the Iranian power and infrastructure group MAPNA and head of the Syrian public authority for electricity generation.

The project is to be launched next year, IRNA reported.

In 2017, Iran and Syria signed an agreement to repair Syrias power grid. The agreement involved restoring the main control centre for Syrias electricity grid in the capital Damascus.

($1 = 0.8674 euros) (Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)