Jordan to increase electricity export to Palestine

Jordan said Tuesday it signed an agreement with Palestine to increase its export of electricity, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan’s Minister of Energy Hala Zawati said the agreement will increase Jordan’s export to Palestine from 30 megawatts to 100 megawatts.

At present, Jordan exports electricity to the West Bank city Jericho, but will increase exports to cover Jerusalem, she added.

The minister, who made the remarks at a meeting with the Lower House energy committee, said Jordan is currently generating electricity at capacities that exceed its needs.

At the meeting, lawmakers also called for increased cooperation with neighbouring countries.

They urged a strategy to benefit from Jordan’s rising production of electricity.

Jordan exports electricity to several countries in the region including Syria and Egypt and has recently signed a deal with Iraq to build a network to connect the two countries’ grids.

Jordan is expected to start exporting electricity to Iraq early 2020.