Jordan signs MoU with GCC to join region's power grid

Posted on 31st May 2016

Jordan will reportedly ink a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GCC authorities to join the region's power grid.

The MOU will be signed with the GCC Interconnection Authority, and will entail the development of a project to link Jordan with GCC's power grid through Saudi Arabia.

It is said the project will take "one to two years" to complete, according to Constructionweekonline news report.

Jordan's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ibrahim Saif, told Jordan Times that the project development could cost between $240.1m and $282.4m (JOD170m and JOD200m).

Infrastructure required to connect the project with Saudi is yet to be developed within the GCC country.

Saif said this will be covered under the upcoming development's construction plans.

"To have our grid connected to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries is a very important step and is part of our strategic cooperation," he added.

Surplus energy produced by Saudi is expected to benefit the Jordanian development, Abdel Fattah Daradkeh, director general of the National Electric Power Company, said.

Saudi's peak load is estimated to be 82 gigawatts (GW), while the kingdom consumed 62.3GW in 2015.

"As demand rises, we need more electric power supply, and in Saudi Arabia they have a surplus [of power], so we will benefit from that," Daradkeh added.

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