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Kharabsheh calls for ‘single electricity transmission network’ at IRENA meet

By JT - Jan 15,2023 - Last updated at Jan 15,2023

Energy Minister Saleh Kharabsheh addresses 13th session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — Energy Minister Saleh Kharabsheh led the Jordanian delegation at the 13th session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which began on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

“The time has come to connect all countries of the world to a single electricity transmission network, starting with the northern and southern Mediterranean countries, to facilitate the transference of green energy from sources,” Kharabsheh said. 

The Jordanian minister stressed that the Kingdom is seeking to become a hub for the production and export of green energy, both in the form of electrical energy and green hydrogen. 

Jordan concluded a feasibility study on a tender for a hydropower storage project which is expected to be launched soon at the Wadi Mujib dam. The project will have an estimate electrical capacity of 450 megawatts (MW). 

Kharabsheh lauded the UAE's adoption of IRENA’s work.

The Jordanian minister and the accompanying delegation also met with the CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, Mohammed Ramahi and his team.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed Masdar's renewable energy investments in Jordan, focusing on the memorandum of understanding recently signed at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, to establish renewable energy projects in Jordan with an electrical capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW).

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