Lebanon, Jordan and Syria said today, Thursday, that they had reached a final agreement to transfer electricity to Lebanon, which is suffering from a stifling energy crisis.
The announcement came during a press conference held in Jordan following tripartite talks in which Syrian Electricity Minister Ghassan Al-Zamel, Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayyad and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh participated.
Jordanian Energy Minister: A final version of the electrical interconnection agreement has been reached
The Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources confirmed that, based on the previous meetings, the final version of the electrical interconnection agreement was reached to supply Lebanon with electricity.
Regarding the terms of the agreement, the minister said, according to Jordanian media, that the amount of electrical energy that Jordan will supply to Lebanon is about 150 megawatts from midnight until 6 a.m., and 250 megawatts from 6 a.m. to midnight.
He pointed out that the final version included addressing the issue of network losses and the cost of transit. Pointing out that there are technical issues that must be worked on so that the electrical networks will be ready by the end of this year.
And he indicated that the Jordanian network is ready for electrical connection, but it needs to conduct a study to harmonize with the Syrian network, which is the basis of the National Electricity Company.
The minister suggested that the maintenance work in the Syrian electrical network would end at the beginning of next year, after which the Jordanian electricity would start to flow to Lebanon through Syria.
Lebanese Energy Minister: The project received the green light from Washington
The Lebanese Energy Minister, Walid Fayyad, said in the press conference that the cost of the electricity transmission project from Jordan to Lebanon via Syria had obtained the approval of the World Bank to cover it.
He pointed out that the World Bank participated in the meeting and would finance the project, and pointed out that the United States, which imposes severe sanctions on Syria, had given the green light to the project.
Syrian Minister of Electricity: The electrical interconnection network between Jordan, Lebanon and Syria will be ready at the end of this year
Syrian Minister of Electricity Ghassan Al-Zamil stated that at the end of this year the electrical network linking Jordan, Lebanon and Syria will be ready for investment.
The Syrian minister said, “The interconnection line is not ready and we have been working permanently and at a high pace to complete it since the first day of the agreement.”
He pointed out that the cost of rehabilitation operations for the connection line on the Syrian side is estimated at 5.5 million dollars, due to the destruction of the line.
He said, “Syria will not be a stumbling block in this agreement. Rather, we are very happy with what happened between the three countries, and we will spare no effort in this regard, and we are fully serious about rehabilitating the electrical system for linking between Jordan and Lebanon through Syria.”
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