Iraq to join Jordan electricity grid

17 November 2003
Jordan is to allow Iraq to join its national electricity grid, confirmed Jordanian Electricity Minister Azmi Khreissat on 17 November. He told the local Arabic-language daily newspaper Al-Rai that the deal had been reached after talks held on 15 November with Iraq's interim Electricity Minister Ayham al-Samarrai. 'It was agreed to carry out an electricity link-up between the two countries through the Risha power plant and to carry out the necessary studies concerning this,' Khreissat said.

The Risha power plant is situated in the northeastern town of Ruweished, near the Iraqi border. Egypt's Electricity Minister Hassan Yunis announced in early November that Egypt was examining the possibility of providing Iraq with 500 megawatts of electricity daily through Jordan, reported the local daily the Jordan Times. Iraq needs to raise its electricity output from the present 5,000 MW a day, to about 12,000 MW, according to the Iraqi Electricity Ministry.

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