Jordan, Syria, Lebanon Reach Final Agreement on Powering Lebanon
[ Editor’s Note: This will be a big relief to Lebanon, but because the infrastructure links to turn it on will not be ready until the end of December, it still has two tough months to contend with the current shortages.
The World Bank is funding, so that should be a secure source, but I suspect this is a bridge move until a permanent solution is found. Talk of a gas line from Egypt is only that at this stage, with no mention as to who would be picking up the tab for it, and why.
It’s always a good day to see diplomacy work through a tough problem, as all of Lebanon’s are. All the easy solutions are in the rear view mirror.
I will be curious if Syria is going to be getting any help from the ongoing US coalition war there, which is robbing the country blind with nary a work said about it anymore.
I am thinking more and more we need to bifurcate our military into those who will fight anywhere, even in an offensive mercenary capacity, and those who will only fight to defend a legitimate threat against the country, which does not necessarily include things the US may not ‘like’… Jim W. Dean ]
First published October 28, 2021
Jordanian electricity minister Saleh Kharabsheh concluded Thursday a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Walid Fayyad and Syrian counterpart Ghassan Al Zamel on supplying Lebanon with electricity.
Kharabsheh announced after the meeting that a final agreement was reached on supplying Lebanon with electricity through Syria.
“The amount of energy agreed upon and that will be supplied to Lebanon through Syria amounts to 400 MW daily, where 150 MW will be supplied from 12 am until 6 am, and 250 MW will be supplied from 6 am until 12 am,” Al-Kharabsheh revealed.
“The network will be ready to transfer electricity to Lebanon by the end of this year,” Al Zamel announced.
The Lebanese minister said World Bank took part in the meeting, and it will be funding the agreement to supply Lebanon with electricity by the end of this year.
Fayyad also revealed that “The Americans gave the green light to the project of supplying Lebanon with electricity.”
Jordan hosted on October 6 a ministerial meeting that included the electricity ministers of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. That meeting resulted in a work plan and a schedule to restart the interconnection line between Jordan and Syria after conducting all technical studies.
Amman also hosted a similar meeting in early September, whose goal was reaching an agreement on enhancing cooperation to supply Lebanon with Egyptian gas through Jordan.