Egypt to provide Lebanon with power through Jordan,
Sep 02, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
Lebanon's Minister of Energy and Water Resources Alain
Tabourian on Monday [1 September] announced that Lebanon
reached an agreement to acquire around 450 megawatts of
electricity from Egypt via Jordan and Syria, the Jordan
News Agency, Petra, reported. Under the agreement, Egypt
is scheduled to convey around 450 megawatts of electricity
to Lebanon daily for a one-year term, the minister said
at a press conference yesterday.
Tabourian also briefed the press on the results of a meeting
held by the energy ministers of Jordan, Syria, Egypt and
Lebanon in Amman last week.
Tabourian said Egypt reiterated its willingness to generate
and provide Lebanon with 450 megawatts of electricity daily,
while Jordan expressed its readiness and capacity to transmit
the power via the Kingdom. Accordingly, a Lebanese work
team will visit Egypt to discuss the cost, Tabourian said,
expressing hope that an appropriate solution will be agreed
on soon so that Lebanon can obtain its electricity needs
Trials are under way, the minister noted, adding that the
deal should be finalised within two weeks.
During last week's ministerial meeting, Jordan said it
was ready to provide Lebanon with electric power through
the joint electric grid, or by generating electricity and
selling it to Lebanon. The Kingdom offered to provide Lebanon
with 50 to 70 megawatts of electricity on daily basis up
to the end of 2009, Energy Minister Khaldoun Qteishat said.
Earlier, Lebanon had asked Egypt, Syria and Jordan, which
constitute part of the joint-electric grid project, also
connecting Iraq, Libya and Turkey, to provide it with electric
Lebanon has been suffering from a shortage of electric
power and its production capacity is well short of its needs.
Source: Jordan Times website, Amman, in English 2 Sep 08