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Electrical interconnection.. Economic benefits that support the energy system in Jordan

Amman Today

publish date 2023-06-04 11:34:36

** Former General Manager of the Jordanian National Electricity Company, Ahmad Hiyasat:
The electrical interconnection will have its economic advantages through the extraction of cheap energy.
The electrical interconnection helps the networks of the connected countries when any emergency problems occur.
** The former general manager of the company, Abdel-Fattah Al-Daradkeh:
The system of electrical interconnection of networks with neighboring networks is the most successful model

At a time when Iraq announced that the electrical interconnection with Jordan will start as of next July, Jordanian energy experts confirmed that the interconnection will have positive technical and economic effects for the Jordanian grid, and for the electrical system in general.

The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said in a statement last week that the electrical connection with Jordan will start as of next July, as part of efforts to solve the crisis of electricity scarcity in Iraq during the summer, and as a first stage with a capacity of 50 megawatts.

And the ministry stated in its statement, “The connection was supposed to enter into operation as of early June 2023, but as a result of some weather conditions and some things related to the Jordanian side, it was postponed.”

The former general manager of the Jordanian National Electric Power Company, Ahmed Hiyasat, said that the electrical connection will have its economic advantages, by drawing cheap energy.

He added, in an interview with Anadolu Agency, that the countries associated with these projects can buy electric power from sources that are less expensive than generating it locally, especially at peak times and exploiting the timing difference between peak loads between networks.

Technically, “the electrical connection helps the networks of the connected countries when any emergency problems occur, such as the occurrence of sudden shutdowns, and this incident occurred almost twice in Jordan,” according to the former Jordanian official.

He added, “Also, the interconnection will contribute to enabling the national system to drain surplus energy on the grid at certain times, which will achieve stability for this system.”

And he indicated that Jordan is one of the most and one of the first countries in the region that has been associated with electrical interconnection projects since 1999, when it was connected to the Egyptian network, then the Syrian one, and then the Palestinian one.

In the context, the former general manager of the company, Abdel Fattah Al-Daradkeh, also said that the system of electrical interconnection of networks with neighboring networks is the most successful model for achieving the stability of the electrical system in the countries connected to each other.

Al-Daradkeh described the electrical interconnection as “border reserve units that help provide what is technically known as the rotating reserve in power generation, in addition to exploiting the largest amount of renewable energy in light of the delay in providing storage solutions.”

Last October, Jordan and Iraq laid the foundation stone for the Jordanian-Iraqi electrical interconnection project, close to the border between the two countries inside Iraqi territory, with the aim of providing the Iraqi side with a capacity of up to 150 megawatts during the first phase of the project.

The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity explained that “the connection with Jordan required the construction of an existing wet vane line, part of which passes through Iraqi territory and the other part through Jordanian territory.”

He was supposed to enter work on June 1, but as a result of some weather conditions, as a result of the difficulty of the soil, and some belongings on the Jordanian side, it was postponed to July 1.”

The Dean of the National College of Technology, Ahmed Al-Salaymeh, told Anadolu Agency that electrical interconnection projects are among the most important possible solutions, in addition to storage projects, in order to promote and increase the production of renewable energy in Jordan, in light of the limited capacity of the current network.

And he indicated that these projects have become an urgent necessity in order to enable the use of renewable energy at all times, especially after the increase in projects locally in a way that technically exceeds the capacity of the networks.

According to figures from the National Electric Power Company, the amount of energy exported decreased by 9.5 percent to 55.94 gigawatt-hours during the first four months of the year, compared to 61.8 gigawatt-hours during the same period last year.

Of this energy, the company exported 53.5 gigawatt-hours to the Jerusalem Electricity Company in Palestine, compared to 59.7 gigawatt-hours during the same period last year, a decrease of 9.9 percent.

While it rose to 2.14 GW to the Iraqi border post (Trebil), compared to 2.11 GW during the first four months of last year, an increase of 1.4 percent.

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