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The start of operation of the first phase of the electrical connection between Jordan and Iraq, which was scheduled for last August, was postponed, despite both countries announcing the completion of all preparations.
In press statements, followed by "Baghdad Today", Jordan confirmed the completion of all preparations for electrical interconnection operations, and that the Kingdom is ready to supply Iraq via the "Risha-Rutba" line with capacities ranging between 50 and 150 megawatts/hour.
The electrical connection between Jordan and Iraq was scheduled to start on August 1, according to statements by the spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, Ahmed Musa, in an interview with the Specialized Energy Platform at the end of July, but that has not happened yet.
The Jordanian Ministry of Energy said, in response to questions about the reason for not starting the electrical interconnection with Iraq: “For the Jordanian side, the readiness for the interconnection is high, and there is nothing obstructing the project.”
The Ministry confirmed the completion of technical and logistical matters related to the connection, and that the issue is currently in the hands of the Iraqi side.
In a previous dialogue in the first half of August, Jordanian Minister of Energy Saleh Al-Kharabsheh confirmed the Kingdom’s readiness, and that the project would begin within days.
Al-Kharabsheh said that his country has an electrical interconnection project with Iraq, and it is being implemented in two phases. In the first interconnection phase, it was agreed with the Iraqi side to start the interconnection line between the “Risha-Rutba” regions, and it depends on medium voltage.
He added that the second phase of the electrical connection between Jordan and Iraq is the connection line between the Risha and Al-Qaim regions, with a capacity of 400 kilovolts.
The spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, Ahmed Musa, said in statements published by the Iraqi News Agency on August 30, that the electrical connection with Jordan will enter the first phase in the next few days and will range between 50 and 150 megawatts.
He pointed out the completion of the work of linking the Risha station inside Jordan and the Rutba station inside Anbar Governorate, and there is a connection that will be through the Risha station towards Al-Qaim, stressing that the first phase is ready from the Iraqi and Jordanian sides, and the connection will enter into force soon, while the second phase will reach capacity. To 250 megawatts, and in the third phase, it will reach 960 megawatts.
On August 21, 2023, the mayor of Rutba District in Anbar, Imad Mishaal Al-Dulaimi, announced the completion of all work on the electrical interconnection project between Jordan and Iraq.
Al-Dulaimi said that the Iraqi side is technically ready to receive the amount of electrical energy supplied from Jordan, after installing all 132 kilovolt stations and station 33, and wiring the entire line to the Rutba secondary station.
He stressed that the electrical connection line between Jordan and Iraq is technically ready, and is awaiting the implementation of the agreements, and at that time it is expected that operations will begin before the end of August to end the suffering of Rutba, a complete outage that has lasted for several years.
The energy platform sent a request for comment to Iraqi Ministry of Electricity spokesman Ahmed Musa, but he did not respond.
Source: Energy Platform