Iraq-Jordan electricity exchange advances despite challenges

electricity production plant
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AMMAN — An Iraqi source suggests that Jordan will commence supplying Iraq with electricity early next month as part of the electrical connection project initiated by the two countries a year ago. This project, which was expected to launch at the end of August last year, has faced delays due to recent security incidents in certain Iraqi regions, including attacks on power transmission towers. However, Iraqi authorities are now preparing a comprehensive security plan, including the use of drones, to protect these vital components of the electrical connection.اضافة اعلان

The source, who chose to remain anonymous, mentioned that Jordan would initially provide one-third of the agreed-upon electrical capacity in the first phase, Saraya News reported. This translates to a supply of 50 megawatts to the Al-Rutbah region, out of a total of 150 megawatts, which will later be extended to cover other areas. The delay in the project was also attributed to the adverse impact of high temperatures on the electricity supply. As a result, experts have advised waiting for more favorable conditions.

Egypt continued to export electricity to Jordan and Sudan
Simultaneously, Egypt's Ministry of Electricity has revealed that despite recent power shortages, Egypt continued to export electricity to Jordan and Sudan. Daily electricity exports to these two countries ranged from 150 to 180 megawatts. The electrical connection project between Jordan and Iraq has a capacity of 550 megawatts, and both countries' high-level committees have agreed to enhance and expand the connection to achieve greater integration between the two countries' electrical energy sectors, Khaberni reported.

Sudan currently receives between 60 and 80 megawatts of electricity daily from Egypt, but efforts to increase and reinforce the connection line have been hampered by the current situation in Sudan. Sudan produces approximately 3,000 megawatts of electricity, with nearly half coming from dams on the Nile. However, approximately half of the population does not have access to electricity.

Electricity exchange projects
Electricity exchange projects are primarily based on the exchange of electricity. In cases where Egypt's electricity network requires additional capacity, it will be readily available, as is the case with the ongoing electrical connection project with Saudi Arabia, which has a capacity of 3,000 megawatts. Currently, mutual capacity is not substantial, and most of the time, Egypt exports electricity exclusively. However, if capacity increases and ongoing projects are commissioned, and Egypt requires additional electrical capacity, it can be obtained.

Egypt, on the other hand, has significant food import needs, including meat, grains, and oils, and Sudan is an important market for providing a portion of these necessities, particularly meat. Both the electrical connection project and trade relationships between these countries hold significant potential for regional energy and economic cooperation.

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