Jordan’s electricity grid is to be connected to two of its neighbors – Saudi Arabia and Iraq – under separate deals signed this week. While with Saudi Arabia, the grid integration would enable each kingdom to supply the other as required, the connection to Iraq will be all about supplying Jordan’s eastern neighbor. Indeed, Saudi Arabia might ultimately supply Iraq with electricity through Jordan.

The first agreement was an MoU between Saudi Arabia and Jordan to develop a 164km electricity grid spanning the two countries. This would link Qurayyat in North Western Saudi Arabia with East Amman. Qurayyat is located in Al Jawf province around 30km from Jordan and Saudi Arabia plans to build a 200MW solar PV plant near the town through Round 2 of its National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). (CONTINUED - 721 WORDS)