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Jordan committed to support Lebanon meet part of energy needs

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun approved an exceptional loan of up to 300 billion Lebanese pounds ($200 million) on Monday for the state electricity company to import fuel for generation before suppli
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AMMAN  — Supporting the Lebanese people overcome obstacles in the energy sector by providing Lebanon with electricity from the Jordanian network, comes in implementation of the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, said Hala Zawati, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, according to Al Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Her comments came after a meeting held in Amman Wednesday that included the concerned ministers of electricity of Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, during which it was agreed to provide Lebanon with part of its electrical energy needs from Jordan through the Syrian electrical network.

Zawati said in tweets published by the Ministry of Energy, that "the Amman meeting aims to restart the electrical interconnection lines between the networks in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon to help the Lebanese people to meet part of their electrical energy needs."

Zawati said that a technical meeting that included the stakeholders at electricity transmission companies in the three countries was held on Tuesday to prepare for the ministerial meeting, in which the readiness of the electricity networks in the three countries was reviewed and the technical and commercial requirements necessary to complete the process of supplying Jordanian electricity to Lebanon were identified.

For his part, the Syrian Minister of Electricity stated that “the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad directed the rehabilitation of the electrical interconnection line between Jordan, Syria and Lebanon,” adding, “We are committed to an agreement with Jordan on exporting electricity to Lebanon.”

The Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, Walid Fayyad, said that the meeting confirms the strength of relations between Jordan and Syria and aims to enhance energy security in Lebanon and the Arab region by achieving the stability of the energy sector.

He added that the three ministers agreed on a roadmap to overcome technical obstacles. He said the next step focuses on enabling financing agreements through the World Bank, praising the Jordanian pioneering role in enhancing cooperation with Lebanon and the importance of the visit by Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh to ensure this relationship and the need to strengthen it.

Jordan and Syria are electrically connected through a 400kv transmission line since 2001, but the interconnection line has been out of service since mid-2012 for technical reasons. Syria and Lebanon are connected via several 400kv, 230kv, and 66kv power lines. The three countries are linked by a general exchange agreement and a general interconnection agreement with eight countries that include Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, and Turkey.

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