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Iraq and Jordan initiate a 500 MW power interconnection project

7 Oct 2022

Iraq and Jordan have launched a power interconnection project between the two countries. The line, which is expected to have a have a capacity of 150 MW at the first stage and gradually increase to 500 MW, would run for16 km in Jordan and 330 km in Iraq, beginning near the Iraqi-Jordanian border at Trebil, passing through the al-Rutba area, and ending at Al-Qaim station on the Iraqi border with Syria. The first phase of the project should be operational in 2023.

In September 2020, Iraq also reached an agreement with Jordan to link their power grids and Jordan accepted to provide Iraq with 1 TWh/year starting in December 2022. The two countries could increase the exchanges at a later stage. In 2020, Iraq imported 11.8 TWh of electricity, mainly from Iran, accounting for 26% of the country's power consumption. In July 2022, Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed the executive report on the principles of the electricity interconnection agreement for a 1 GW line. The 400 kV, 435 km-long line will connect the town of Arar in northern Saudi Arabia to the city of Yusufiya in central Iraq. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2023 or 2024.

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