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Jordan, Egypt to connect power grids with Iraq
Amman: Jordan and Egypt have agreed
to supply western Iraq with electrical power
by connecting the national grids of the three
countries, Jordanian Energy Minister Azmi Khraisat
announced here yesterday.
“An agreement has been reached for supplying
areas in western Iraq with electricity from
Egypt through the Jordanian power network, in
addition to direct feeding from the Jordanian
national grid,” he said.
“Technical teams from the three countries are
involved in a study on the best ways of putting
the connection into effect,” he added.
Khraisat was speaking during a ceremony to launch
an Iraqi Electricity Ministry bureau, which
will act as a liaison office with the outside
The ceremony was also attended by Iraqi Electricity
Minister Ayham Samaraie, who underscored the
importance of the office for “coordinating efforts
related to the reconstruction of the Iraqi power
He pointed out that about $11.6 billion has
been allocated to help rebuild the Iraqi electricity
sector that was badly damaged in last year’s
US-led war on Iraq.
“The United States has approved a grant of $8.6
billion, while other donor countries pledged
3 billion,” Samaraie said.
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