Jordan urges German cooperation in MENA electrical interconnection

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AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh urged Germany to cooperate with Jordan in implementing an electrical interconnection project between MENA countries to achieve integration and secure energy supply, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting, also attended by Environment Minister Muawiya Al-Radaydah, with German Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, Kharabsheh asserted the need for Germany to take the initiative to start implementing the interconnection project.

Kharabsheh also pointed to efforts to transform Jordan into a regional center for green energy exports, which would contribute “significantly” in the future to the implementation of energy projects, including hydrogen.

Kharabsheh reviewed joint cooperation projects with Germany, including setting up a German Energy Academy in Jordan, which mainly targets vocational training in the energy field to link the theoretical and practical sides according to market needs.

He also stressed the importance of the academy for Jordan to be a regional center for training in the field of energy to qualify competencies according to the needs of the labor market, including the German market.

Kharabsheh expressed his appreciation for the continued German support through the Jordanian-German partnership in the energy field, which helped carry out a number of initiatives, most notably holding Middle East and North Africa-Europe Future Energy Dialogue held in the Dead Sea last June.

During the visit, the minister said he would follow up on the outcome of the meeting, which aimed at setting clear and specific steps for cooperation in the future of energy between the two nations.

For his part, the German minister affirmed Jordan’s clear role in international relations, stressing the need to strengthen joint action, especially with regard to electrical interconnection.  “Work is currently underway with European countries on this issue, and Germany will work jointly to promote this initiative to achieve energy security,” he said.

Affirming his country’s continued assistance for joint projects, he said “all support will be provided to German Energy Academy, aimed to sustaining its work during the coming period.”

The two sides reiterated their keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation, and build on them in the future by involving the private sector from both sides to take advantage of investment opportunities in this sector, according to an Energy Ministry statement.

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