08 August, 2019

Iraq, Jordan to link power networks

Project to be launched in September

Image used for illustrative purpose. The sun rises behind electricity pylons near Chester, northern England October 24, 2011.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The sun rises behind electricity pylons near Chester, northern England October 24, 2011.

REUTERS/Phil Noble

08 August 2019
Iraq and neighboring Jordan will launch a project in September to link their electricity networks following an agreement between the two Arab nations, the official Iraq newspaper Alsabah said on Thursday.

The project will be completed within 18 months and is part of plans by OPEC producer to connect its power networks to those in nearby countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Iran, it said, citing an Electricity Ministry statement.

"The Ministry has finished talks with the Jordanian side and the project to link the networks in the two countries will start in early September....," it said.

The statement said talks are also under way with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for a similar project while there will be negotiations soon with Turkey.

It said such projects would help Iraq bridge electricity supply shortages and meet emergency power needs in peak periods.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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