Jordan, UAE, Israel sign MoU to continue water-energy feasibility studies

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AMMAN — Jordan, the UAE, and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue conducting feasibility studies for two interdependent projects aimed at building a desalination plant on the Mediterranean Sea (Prosperity Blue), and a clean electric power plant in Jordan (Prosperity Green), according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The text of the memorandum, which was signed on the sidelines of the COP27 summit in Egypt’s Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, says that it is “solely an expression of intent by the three parties, and does not create or affect any legal rights or obligations under international laws”.

It is based on a declaration of intent signed by the three sides on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo on November 22, 2021, in the presence of US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

The memorandum stipulates that the three parties will “endeavor to ad-vance, with the help and assistance of relevant international partners on a voluntary basis or when needed, subject to the agreement of all sides, the development of the necessary plans in time for the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place from November 6 to 17, 2023, in the UAE”.

The memorandum was signed by Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri, and Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej, on behalf of their respective governments.

The three governments signed a “declaration of intent” in Dubai in November 2021, which stipulated that the three sides begin examining the possibility of establishing two interdependent and contingent projects.

One is a clean electric power plant in Jordan with a capacity of 600 kilowatts that is not connected to the national grid, and is funded by the UAE. The other is a desalination plant on the Mediterranean Sea, which will provide Jordan with 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water annually.

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