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Jordan–Saudi Arabia Interconnection Project [free access]

September 4, 2020

Developers: National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) of Jordan and National Grid SA of Saudi Arabia 

 

Project details and status: The proposed project will connect the power grids of Jordan and Saudi Arabia via a 164-km-long line from Qurayyat (Saudi Arabia) to East Amman (Jordan).

 

The Jordan–Saudi Arabia interconnection aims to increase network reliability for both countries and increase the use of renewable energy (RE) resources. The project is expected to establish a joint Arab electricity market that interconnects Arab Gulf countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Iraq.

 

The grid link is under Jordan’s 2020-30 comprehensive strategy for the energy sector, focused on the security of energy supply, affordable energy and sustainability, and increasing dependence on local sources. It also features under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to reduce the country’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism.

 

In January 2020, a technical committee approved the feasibility study for the connection of the grids. As per the feasibility study, Saudi Arabia’s electricity consumption is higher during the day as compared to the evenings, while in the case of Jordan it is the opposite. Accordingly, exporting electricity to Saudi Arabia during the day is possible and would allow the establishment of renewable energy power stations, given that power would be imported from Saudi Arabia after sunset. The projected power exchange will not disrupt either country’s ability to fulfil its own power needs at any time of the day.

 

In August 2020, Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the framework for connecting the power grids of both the countries.