Regional power interconnection projects have struggled to gain traction in the Middle East, with the GCCIA chronically underused. Yet momentum is building for broader connections to North Africa and Europe (MEES, 28 October), while Jordan intends to begin supplying Iraq with electricity by next summer.

Despite the limitations of its domestic transmission network and an indebted state electricity operator (Nepco), Jordan plans to begin exporting 150MW to Iraq for summer 2023. This would mark the next phase in the transformation of Jordan’s power sector, which has seen Amman slash its reliance on oil burn and pivot towards natural gas and renewables over the past decade (see chart). (CONTINUED - 931 WORDS)