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Deal reached to transfer electricity from Jordan to Lebanon through Syria

Candles lit during a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon on 25 July 2021 [Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency]
Candles lit during a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon on 25 July 2021 [Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanon, Syria and Jordan have reached a final deal to transfer electricity to Lebanon which is suffering an acute energy crisis, ministers from the three neighbouring countries said in a joint news conference today.

The World Bank attended a joint meeting for the participating countries and would finance the deal, Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayad said.

"The Americans have given the green light to the project," he added.

Jordan and Syria have an electricity connection via a 400 kV transmission line established in 2001, but it has been out of service since 2012 for technical reasons.

Meanwhile, Syria has interconnection lines with Lebanon by transmission lines of 400 kV, 230 kV, and 66 kV.

Lebanon is in the throes of a deep economic meltdown that is threatening its stability. The World Bank has called it one of the deepest depressions of modern history.

READ: Syria's oil, power sectors incur $195bn in losses since 2011

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