Jordan and Iraq lay foundation for grid interconnection project

Jordan and Iraq have laid the foundation stone for the Jordan–Iraq Power Transmission Project (JIPT), which involves the construction of 300-km-long, 400 kV transmission line connecting the Al-Risha substation in Jordan with the Al-Qaim electrical transformation station in Iraq.

It aims to supply Iraq with an electrical capacity of 150 MW from Jordan. It also includes the commissioning of switchgear at the 400/132/33 kV Risha substation in Jordan. The project is part of a plan to connect the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with Egypt, Jordan and Iraq to establish a pan-Arab market. In September 2020, the two governments signed an agreement to link their electricity networks and exchange power. Iraq has awarded a contract to US-based GE and a local company to build the facilities under the project, which include an electricity transmission station and power cables in the border town of Al Qaim. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2023.

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