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Jordan to boost electricity supply to Palestine as of July

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AMMAN — Jordan will, through the al-Rama power station, boost electricity supply to Palestine from 40 to 80 megawatts by July 2022 under a January 2020 agreement, said Saleh Kharabsheh Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources on Monday, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Checking on the workflow at the station, the minister, who was accompanied by Chairman of Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority Thafer Melhem and the Director General of the National Electric Power Company (NEPC) Amjad Al-Rawashdeh, said the project comes within the framework of Jordan’s commitment to meet the electrical energy needs of Palestine to serve the interests of the two countries and peoples.

Melhem said the authority is looking to diversify energy sources, adding that this agreement will reduce dependency on Israel as a source of energy, achieve energy security, and reduce the electrical deficit to meet the needs of Palestinians.

“Any kilowatt that is produced locally will not be imported from Israel, and the Palestinian electrical dependence on it will decrease,” Melhem said.

Rawashdeh said that the cost of the project amounted to about $4.1 million, explaining that the NEPC continues to work on the completion of the project, which is part of a series of projects aimed at increasing the amount of electricity exported to Palestine.

The first phase of the project included the construction of a 132/33kW transformer station in the Jordanian-Palestinian border area of Al-Rama.

The second phase will supply the Jerusalem Electricity Co., which feeds the areas of Jerusalem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh in a way that enhances access to the outskirts of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and includes the addition of a 132/33kW transformer with a capacity of 80 megawatts.

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