Iraq and Jordan launch power grid connection project
The Iraqi prime minister and his Jordanian counterpart have established the foundation for an electricity grid interconnection project aimed at tackling Iraq’s chronic power shortage. The project is part of a larger plan to establish a pan-Arab power market by connecting the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman, with Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. The first phase was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023 and would supply Iraq with 400 megawatts. This will see Iraq become a transit point for Gulf energy supplies to Europe, within the next two years. In addition, this project will quell the protests that have risen as a result of a lack of power and rolling blackouts, which have been an issue since the US invasion in 2003.