Egypt could be shipping electricity to Iraq by 1Q2022: The project to link Iraq’s electricity grid to Jordan and Egypt should be finished in the next four months, Iraqi Communication Minister Arkan Shahab Al Shaibani told CNBC Arabia yesterday.
This will allow Egypt to export electricity to Iraq via Jordan, which already has a link to Egypt’s electricity grid. Jordan and Egypt earlier this week agreed to double its capacity to 1 GW, which will allow Egypt to send more excess power to Jordan and later Iraq.
Tenders for the project to link Jordan and Iraq will be issued in the next two months, Jordan’s energy minister said earlier this week.
The interconnection project is part of a larger project to eventually link Egypt’s grid to Libya, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon 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.