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Jordan, June 22, 2019
Jordan to double its production of renewable energy next year, says energy minister

Amman, June 20 (Petra) - Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, predicted that Jordan's production of electricity generated from renewable energy will reach about 20 percent of its consumption needs in 2020, compared with its 11 percent currently produced locally.

The minister's remarks came during her participation at the International Institute for Energy Security, held at the University of Jordan, organized by the Arab Institute for Security Studies, Al-Rai Center for Studies and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on Thursday, adding Jordan imports 92 percent of the energy needs, about JD3 billion annually, equivalent to 10 percent of GDP.

The minister noted this figure is 'a great burden on the Jordanian economy' and those in charge for securing the energy supply should avoid risk of interruptions of these resources.

Jordan is connected to the gas network with Egypt and Syria, and it is a transit hub, and this link is a special safety valve after the introduction of the floating vessel service which helped to distribute the gas sources and reduce the total dependence on one source, she pointed out.

On the gridding feasibility, the minister noted the electricity grid connectivity is a priority for Jordan, as the Kingdom is connected to Egypt, Syria and Palestine and is striving to connect with Iraq at a time when electricity linkage is essential to achieve integration among countries for its role in reducing costs and forming a safety net for all participating countries.