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Baghdad / Obelisk: The bidding period for the implementation of the first phase of the electrical interconnection project between Iraq and Jordan, which is scheduled to be ready at the end of this year to supply Iraq with a Jordanian electric power of 400 kilovolts, ends tomorrow, Monday.
According to the Jordan News Agency (Petra), the countries of Jordan and Iraq are seeking to strengthen the electrical interconnection system between them, in order to allow the exchange of energy between the two parties in larger quantities.
The Director General of the Jordanian National Electric Power Company, Amjad Al-Rawashdeh, said that the Jordanian-Iraqi electrical linkage comes within the framework of Jordan's aspiration to link with neighboring countries to exchange electrical energy, which contributes to the stability of electrical systems and serves the direction of establishing a common Arab energy market.
And he had announced at the end of 2020, the start of preparing the technical specifications for the tender for the construction of the Iraqi-Jordanian electrical interconnection equipment.
The first phase of the project includes the implementation of a high-voltage transmission line linking the eastern region of Jordan (Risha) with the western region of Iraq (Al-Qaim). The line is approximately 300 kilometers long, and at an estimated cost of $140 million, and is estimated to be ready by the end of 2022.
In September 2020, Iraq and Jordan signed an agreement under which the Kingdom will supply Iraq with electric power after connecting the electricity network between the two countries, which will take more than two years from the date of signing.
In the first phase, the Jordanian side will provide the Iraqi side with up to 150 megawatts for a period of three years, renewable by agreement between the two parties.
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