Published: 2019-03-06 11:41
Last Updated: 2019-03-06 12:07
Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, discussed with the Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) Liu Zhenya, and the accompanying delegation the means of cooperation which are aimed at promoting sustainable energy development and the acceleration of cross-border and cross-regional network, to establish a global electricity grid by 2050.
Minister Zawati said during the meeting that the energy sector in Jordan has witnessed a qualitative leap, especially in the field of generating energy, which is now covering all the needs of the Kingdom and allows for export through Arab and regional electricity connections.
She stressed that the Arab electric link and the directions of the Arab Union of Electricity to establish a common market for the Arab electricity sector is consistent with the directions of the Global Energy Interconnection.
The minister reviewed the developments in the energy sector in the Kingdom in terms of sources of energy supply, expansion of the network and increasing the contribution of local sources to the energy mix, especially renewable energy. She stressed Jordan's importance in crossing energy to many countries and the importance of strengthening its networks to play that important role.
For his part, Chairman Zhenya stressed GEI’s keenness to integrate Jordan into the organization's plans and programs and to make Jordan a regional center for the organization's activities in the region by virtue of its strategic and pivotal location.
China is aware of the challenges facing Jordan, particularly in the fields of energy, water and agriculture, said Zhenya, who is also chairman of the China Electricity Council. He expressed readiness to help Jordan meet these challenges and expand the use of clean energy to boost efficiency and reduce the risks of climate change.
GEI’s liaison which is associated with the Arab League signed a memorandum of understanding in 2017.
GEI is an international non-governmental organization based in Beijing which includes 85 countries and is aimed at enhancing energy cooperation opportunities and focusing on electricity connectivity as well as enhancing the contribution of clean energy.