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Lebanon expected to begin receiving Jordanian electricity within three months

1. Electrical Interconnection
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati (left), meets with the Lebanese and Syrian ministers of energy on October 3, 2021. At the meeting, the ministers agreed to restore the electric transmission line between Jordan and Syria. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — During a meeting between ministers of energy from Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon on Wednesday, Jordan and Syria agreed to reboot electric interconnection. اضافة اعلان

This interconnection is considered the first step to providing Lebanon with some of its electricity needs and is expected to launch within the next three months, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

The ministers agreed on an action plan and a set schedule to restart the Jordan-Syria power connectivity. They also agreed to move ahead with all technical studies the agreements needed to put the project into gear, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

The meeting brought together Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati, Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Walid Fayyad, and Syrian Electricity Minister Ghassan Al-Zamil.

Zawati told reporters that the meeting mainly aimed to set a clear, specific action plan and schedule to supply Lebanon with Jordanian electricity through the Syrian electrical grid by rebooting the existing electrical interconnection lines among the three networks to meet part of Lebanon’s electricity needs.

Zamil shared that Syria would immediately take measures to supply electricity to Lebanon from Jordan using the Syrian network.

Syria’s Public Establishment of Electricity has held workshops to reconstruct the electrical interconnection line that “was destroyed by armed terrorist gangs,” according to Zamil.

He added that Syria will “secure the necessary materials despite an unjust siege imposed on the Syrian people.”

“We have also started gathering the necessary information about the power plants, which will be sent to Jordan to conduct the necessary technical studies for asynchronous connection between the Syrian and Jordanian networks,” the Syrian minister said, noting that this would take about three months, during which Syria would have fully rehabilitated the interconnection line.

The move comes under directives from His Majesty King Abdullah to support the Lebanese people in overcoming the obstacles in the energy sector. Recently, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon held meetings to discuss delivering Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon, thereby reducing power generation costs.

A meeting with technicians and stakeholders in the electricity transmission companies from the three countries was held on Tuesday to prepare for today’s ministerial meeting. 

Technicians and stakeholders discussed the state of electricity networks in the three countries and pinpointed the technical and commercial requirements necessary to supply Lebanon with electricity. Their focus was mainly on rehabilitating Syria’s infrastructure, according to Zawati. 

The Lebanese minister said that today’s meeting highlights the strength of relations with Jordan and Syria and aims to enhance energy security in Lebanon and the Arab region by achieving stability in the energy sector.

He added that the three ministers agreed on a roadmap to overcome technical obstacles, pointing out that the next step for Lebanon is to secure funding through the World Bank.

In 2001, Jordan and Syria were connected through a transmission line. However, in mid-2012, the interconnection line went out of service. Syria and Lebanon are also connected through several interconnection lines.

The three countries are linked together by a general exchange agreement and a general transmission agreement within the eight electrical interconnection groups, including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, and Turkey.

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