Jordan to deliver electricity to Lebanon starting next year

Beirut during a power outage on July 7, 2020. (Photo: NYTimes)
AMMAN — Jordan will start delivering electricity to Lebanon, through Syria, at the beginning of next year, according to an official source at the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).اضافة اعلان

The source, who preferred anonymity, told Jordan News that the concerned parties are currently working on repairing the power grid to make it ready to receive electricity, adding that the technical operations will be ready by the end of this year.

This project contributes to interconnecting the electrical grids of these countries, said the source, adding that the Jordanian-Syrian power grid connection began years ago but was halted because of the damage to the line in war-ravaged Syria.

On October 28, the Electricity Ministries of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan reached an agreement in Amman to supply Lebanon with electric power through the interconnected grid after the necessary maintenance and rehabilitation process is carried out.

Former minister of energy and mineral resources Hala Zawati had said at the time that her meeting with her counterparts “aimed to set a clear, specific plan of action and a timetable for providing Lebanon with Jordanian electricity through the Syrian electrical network" once the networks in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon are connected, to help meet Lebanon’s electricity needs.

The former minister also said that Jordan’s providing Lebanon with electricity comes in implementation of His Majesty King Abdullah’s directive to support the Lebanese in overcoming the obstacles they face in the energy sector.
Jordan, Zawati had said in a press statement, can export 250 megawatts of electric power to Lebanon.

Last September, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh visited Beirut to discuss supplying Lebanon with electricity to help maintain its stability. He stressed the importance of international efforts to develop a comprehensive plan to get Lebanon out of the crisis, noting that Lebanon's stability and prosperity are essential and fundamental to the prosperity and growth of the entire region.

For nearly two years, Lebanon has been witnessing an unprecedented economic collapse that paralyzed its ability to import vital commodities, most notably fuel. The lack of fuel impacted various sectors, such as electricity provision, hospitals, bakeries, communication, and foodstuff production.
Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon form part of the eight electric power connection projects, including Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, and Turkey.

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