Jordan-Iraq electrical connection operational, ending years of outages

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AMMAN — The Jordanian-Iraqi electrical connection is set to begin operations today, Saturday, as announced by Amjad Al-Rawashdeh, the General Manager of the National Electricity Company.اضافة اعلان

In a press statement on Thursday, Al-Rawashdeh stated that the shared line between the Jordanian Al-Risha power station and the Iraqi Al-Rutba station, operating at 132 kilovolts, will supply power to loads in the Al-Rutba area near the Jordanian border, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Ziyad Ali Fadel, emphasized that the official launch of the electrical connection between Iraq and Jordan follows extensive efforts and diligent oversight, confirming that operations will commence on Saturday.

In a subsequent press statement on Friday, the Minister highlighted the significance of completing this connection after years of effort, particularly for the Al-Rutba district in Anbar Governorate, which has endured a decade without national electricity due to sabotage by terrorist groups since 2014.

The Minister explained that the electrical connection spans 330 km within Iraqi territory and an additional 6 km within Jordanian territory at a voltage of 132 kilovolts. Initially, the line will supply around 40 megawatts, with plans to increase to 150 megawatts in the second phase, eventually reaching 500 megawatts to power large parts of western Anbar Governorate.

Adnan Al-Kubaisi, a member of the local government in western Anbar Governorate, commended the joint efforts of the Iraqi and Jordanian governments in completing this crucial electrical connection, ending prolonged electricity outages.

The signing of the first amendment to the electricity sale contract on February 11, 2024, in Amman, marks a significant milestone in supplying the Iraqi side with 132-kilovolt electricity for the Al-Rutba area's power needs.

This agreement, signed by Amjad Al-Rawashdeh for Jordan and Riyadh Aribi Mukallaf for Iraq, signifies both countries' commitment to enhancing electrical energy exchange and stability, contributing to the future Arab energy market.

Rawashdeh noted that after the second phase, Iraq will receive approximately 150-200 megawatts, with the potential for up to 500 megawatts in the future.

This project's inception dates back to a memorandum of understanding signed on December 29, 2018, between the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, aiming to establish a synchronous electrical network.

Further steps included the signing of an electricity sale contract on September 27, 2020, and the implementation mechanism for the Jordanian-Iraqi electrical connection project on July 15, 2021, through a 400 kV overhead transmission line.

The groundwork for this project was laid on October 6, 2022, signifying a significant milestone in regional energy cooperation.

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