Jordan and Palestine consider grid connection
Ministers discuss closer energy cooperation between countries
Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Alaa Batayneh, has met with Palestinian counterpart Omar Kittaneh to discuss more extensive energy cooperation between the two countries. Discussions focused on the possibility of linking electric grids, with Batayneh reporting that Jordan was willing to help meet Palestinians’ energy demand, in line with available resources.
Speaking at a press conference to discuss the meeting, Palestine’s Kittaneh said that Palestinian experts would soon be sent to Jordan to consult on the regional electrical interconnection, as well as on boosting efficiency of the current connection system to ensure that it can handle the transmission of greater loads in both directions. Kittaneh also said that the Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity has approved a study on the linking of Palestine’s electricity network with the Eight Country Interconnection Project, as a precursor to setting a date to link the networks.
In other Jordan news, the National Electric Power Company has reported that 11 international companies have made presentations in relation to the third phase of development at the Al Samra power project. The proposed extension would see the addition of around 140MW of additional power at the site, boosting total output to near 1100MW – around 40% of total electric consumption in the country.
Funding for the project will come from sources including the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and the Saudi Fund for Development.