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50% of energy to be from renewables by 2030 — energy minister

4. Renewable Energy
A general view of the Tafileh Wind Farm on July 12, 2016. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
AMMAN — Jordan must ensure that 50 percent of Jordan’s energy generation comes from renewables by 2030, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh stressed Tuesday, explaining that this is part of the objectives of the 2030 comprehensive strategy.اضافة اعلان

Speaking to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Kharabsheh said that the trend towards green energy is a strategic choice for Jordan; one that will increase the contribution of renewable energy to the total energy mix.

“Jordan has built significant partnerships with top-ranked countries in renewable energy, like Germany, which could pave the way for better production of sustainable energy by making use of their experience," he said, adding that some countries managed to address the energy storage issue, which is the biggest challenge faced by the renewable energy sector.

As for Jordan’s transmission and distribution networks, the minister said that building smart networks will enhance the ability of grids to absorb more renewable power generation, while electricity interconnections with neighboring countries will contribute to boosting the stability of the electric grid.

Other local energy sources are also part of the ministry's concerns, Kharabsheh said, as work is in progress to drill three new wells in the Hamza oil field, while two other wells will be reentered to identify new drilling sites and reserves, in addition to oil and gas exploration in new areas.

As part of structuring the energy sector and enhancing its global competitiveness, a study is currently underway to establish a natural gas company to be accountable for natural gas contracts, while two new oil derivatives marketing companies will be licensed, the minister announced.

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