Egypt, Jordan agree to double electricity link to 1 GW
Egypt and Jordan will double the capacity of the electricity link between the two countries to 1 GW, Jordan’s energy ministry said in a statement yesterday after Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker met his Jordanian counterpart.
The increased capacity will allow excess Egyptian power to be exported to countries beyond Jordan. Egypt has said previously that it is looking to ship electricity to Syria and Iraq. Jordanian Energy Minister Saleh Al Kharabsheh said yesterday that Amman will issue tenders to establish an electrical link with Iraq in the next two months.
The big picture: The Egypt-Jordan electricity link is part of a larger project to eventually link Egypt’s grid to Libya, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. The project has been in the works for years, with major parts of it already completed. It is partly funded by the Arab Fund, and its completion is one of the keys to our bid to become a regional energy hub.