Jordan Signs Distinct Manage Israel to Barter Solar Energy for Water

Nov 23, 2021 12:33 PM ET
  • The new water-for-energy bargain consists of two conditions that rest upon each other:

Jordan will certainly develop 600 megawatts of solar creating capacity to export to Israel.

Israel will give water-scarce Jordan with 200 million cubic metres of desalinated water.

Israel as well as Jordan have actually signed an affirmation of intent for a water-for-energy offer, Israel's Energy Ministry claimed on Monday, in the very first such deal in between both countries.

The project would certainly see Jordan develop 600 megawatts of solar producing capacity which would be exported to Israel, contingent upon Israel giving water-scarce Jordan with 200 million cubic metres of desalinated water.

Feasibility research studies would certainly start in 2022, claimed a statement from Israel's diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, where the offer was signed.

It has actually not been made a decision over for how long the arrangement would be executed.

The deal was authorized by the UAE's climate change minister, Jordan's minister of water and irrigation as well as Israel's energy minister at the Expo 2020 globe fair presently being hosted by Dubai.

The UAE, which ended up being the initial Gulf state to normalise relations with Israel last year, said it was pleased to contribute in bringing the two nations with each other in showing the advantages of developing diplomatic connections.

"All citizens of the Center East will certainly take advantage of this memorandum of understanding, not just Jordan as well as Israel. This is a message to the globe on how nations can act with each other to combat the climate dilemma," said Israel's Energy Minister Karine Elharrar.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with neighbor Israel in 1994, said on Monday the deal was not "legitimately or technically" binding and also the kingdom would only continue if it safeguarded these amounts of water, Water as well as Irrigation Ministry Spokesperson Omar Salamah stated.

Israel, which currently offers Jordan some freshwater products, had lengthy looked for to sell desalinated water to its neighbour, however the kingdom had actually withstood.

"Climate modification as well as the influx of refugees have further exacerbated Jordan's water difficulties, nonetheless, there are numerous chances for local participation to help boost sustainability in the sector," Jordan's Minister of Water and also Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar claimed.

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