Jordan-Iraq electricity connection project to be completed by end of 2024

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AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh recently confirmed that the Jordanian-Iraqi electrical interconnection project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.اضافة اعلان

In response to inquiries by Hala News, the minister said that all tenders for the project have been awarded by the Jordanian side, including the tender for the Al-Risha substation transformers, the transmission line tender, the civil works tender, and the switchgear station tender.

During meetings held in Baghdad last month, the Jordanian and Iraqi sides reviewed the latest developments in the Basra-Aqaba pipeline, and the Iraqi side indicated that it was in the process of handing over the responsibility for re-evaluating the cost of the project to a specialized consulting company, Kharabsheh said.

The two sides also agreed to organize a meeting between the two countries’ technical committees immediately after the consulting company completes its work to review all relevant project details and make recommendations.

Past discussionsDuring a visit alongside Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply to Baghdad in December, Kharabsheh said, bilateral meetings were held with Iraqi ministers focusing on recent developments in joint strategic projects between the two brotherly countries. The Iraqi side stressed during these meetings the role of the Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline project as an additional outlet for the export of Iraqi oil through Jordan.

The meeting also highlighted the need to proceed with the key project, and stipulated that the framework agreement be presented to the Iraqi Energy Institute, headed by the Minister of Oil, and that a meeting be held for technicians of both countries in preparation for the signing of the framework agreement.

Hamza oil fieldRegarding the entry of a new investment company to explore for gas in the Hamza oil field, the minister said: “A consortium consisting of a British company and the Jordanian National Petroleum Company expressed interest in investing in the Hamza field by submitting a request for a direct offer. The request was evaluated and discussions are now ongoing between the ministry and the consortium to sign a memorandum of understanding for oil exploration at the field.”

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