Jordan substation expansion completed
Jordan has completed a substation expansion that will allow it to increase electricity imports into Palestine.
Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh and his Palestinian counterpart, Muhammad Shtayyeh, inaugurated a major upgrade project at the Ramah power station in the Jordan Valley on Wednesday, doubling Jordan’s energy supply to West Bank cities from 40 to 80 megawatts.
The station will provide electricity to the West Bank cities of Jericho, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Al-Bireh.
Khasawneh stated that he briefed his Palestinian counterpart on Jordan’s plans and measures to develop and expand the King Hussein Bridge crossing, adding that “we have today a set of preliminary offers from a number of coalitions seeking to develop the crossing.”
He expressed hope that the planned expansion, in which the passenger track will be separated from the freight track, will be completed by 2025 in order to improve traveler mobility and bilateral trade.
Shtayyeh lauded the steps taken by the Jordanian government to make it easier for Palestinians to cross the King Hussein Bridge and to extend the bridge’s operating hours.
The Palestinian Prime Minister stated, “Neither Ramon Airport nor any other airport will be a substitute for Jordan in terms of transportation and movement,” adding that “projects that would harm the shared Jordanian-Palestinian interests will not find an official or popular Palestinian partner.”
Source and image: Petra