Jordan provides 23.8 GW to Iraqi grid

(MENAFN) Jordan has successfully exported 23.8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity to Iraq since the launch of the first phase of the interconnection project between the two countries in February, according to preliminary data released by the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). This electricity transfer, facilitated through the General Power Transmission Company, represents the first data available for this year, as there were no equivalent figures from the previous year due to the recent commencement of the project.

The first phase of the interconnection project has a capacity of 40 megawatts, providing power to the Rutba area in Iraq. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, extending the reach of the interconnection to the Iraqi region of Al-Qaim. Jordan will be prepared to supply additional power as soon as Iraq completes its infrastructure to receive the energy.

In a parallel development, NEPCO reported that the total volume of electricity exports during the first half of the year reached 87.7 GWh, a slight increase from 86.5 GWh during the same period last year, reflecting a 1.4percent rise. Specifically, exports to the Iraqi border post Tribibel were 3.3 GWh, up from 3 GWh in the previous year, marking a 10percent increase.

Electricity exports in the first half of the year accounted for approximately 0.82percent of NEPCO’s total sales, which amounted to 10,687.8 GWh. This is a slight decrease compared to the same period last year, when exports made up 0.86percent of total sales, which were 9,973.6 GWh.

Alongside the exported electricity, the total sales of the three main distribution companies in Jordan—Jordan Electric Power Company, Irbid District Electricity Company, and Electricity Distribution Company—totaled 10,413.1 GWh in the first six months of this year. This represents a 7.5percent increase from the 9,689.1 GWh sold during the same period last year.

Breaking down the sales figures, the Jordan Electric Power Company held the largest share, with total sales of 6,495.5 GWh, an 8percent increase from 6,012.1 GWh in the same period last year. The Irbid District Electricity Company followed with 1,991.3 GWh in sales, up 8.3percent from 1,838.3 GWh last year. The Electricity Distribution Company had total sales of 1,926.3 GWh, a 4.8percent increase from 1,838.7 GWh in the same period last year.
Conversely, total sales to other subscribers decreased, reaching 187 GWh compared to 198 GWh in the same period last year, representing a decline of 5.6percent.
This data underscores Jordan's expanding role in regional electricity trade and highlights the growing domestic demand for electricity. It also showcases the nation's efforts to enhance its energy infrastructure and export capacity amidst rising consumption, emphasizing Jordan's strategic initiatives in the energy sector.



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