Jordan seeks to become regional center for energy exports

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AMMAN — Jordan is seeking to be a regional center for energy export through the electric power grid connection project with neighboring countries, according to Hala News. اضافة اعلان

Jordan’s efforts come in light of the acceleration of the power grid connection among Arab countries, which is bound to enhance the stability of the Arab electricity system, could help return to joint Arab cooperation, and achieve energy integration.

Director General of Jordan National Electric Power Company Amjad Rawashdeh stressed the importance of the power grid connection, which provides Arab countries’ economies with an added value, and delivers electricity to unserved areas.

Rawashdeh added that the project is a cornerstone for the Arab electricity market in which Jordan plays a major role, given its geographical location in the Arab world.

He added that the power grid connection between Jordan and Iraq, and Jordan and Egypt is part of a specific plan and schedule, and described the grid as a project ideal to connecting Arab countries’ electricity successfully.

He pointed out that work is under way to double the amount of electricity exported to the Jerusalem electricity network, by doubling the output of the Ramah electrical station this summer from 40 megawatts to 80 megawatts, as per the agreement signed by the two sides.

He also indicated that the power exchange through the Arab and regional electricity grid is the result of Jordan’s effort to generate electricity and secure the electric grid stability.

Rawashdeh said that the technical and economic studies for the Jordanian-Saudi electrical grid connection project were conducted, and a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two countries, represented by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and its Saudi counterpart, authorizing the relevant companies to prepare the project agreements and the best ways to fund the project.

He also said that Jordan had signed contracts with Lebanon and Syria to provide them with energy, as well as a transit agreement to transfer power from Jordan to Lebanon through the Syrian electricity grid.

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