UAE, Israel, Jordan advance planning for clean power & water plants
Three-nation agreement will plan for 600 MW solar plant in Jordan, desal plant in Israel, advancing last year’s agreement; idea to promote renewable energy, sustainable water and regional stability
Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue feasibility studies for two interdependent and contingent projects, according to a report from the Jordan News Agency.
The MoU relates to Project Prosperity, which has two components: construction of a clean electric power plant in Jordan (Prosperity Green), and a desalination plant on the Mediterranean Sea (Prosperity Blue).
The agreement was signed yesterday on the side lines of the COP 27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. It stipulates that the three parties will strive to have implementation plans in place for the projects before the COP 28 summit in Dubai next year.
Prosperity Green includes a 600-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic plant, complemented with electric storage, which will be built in Jordan to produce clean energy for export to Israel. It is to be funded by the UAE.
Prosperity Blue is a sustainable water desalination program, located in Israel, to export to Jordan 200 million cubic metres of potable water per annum.
The three countries signed an initial Declaration of Intent, to explore the feasibility of both projects, at Expo 2020 in Dubai last fall.
The new agreement was signed by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and the Environment; Mohammad Al Najjar, Jordan’s Minister of Water and Irrigation; and Esawi Frej, Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation.
It was signed in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Special Envoy for Climate Change; and John Kerry, United States’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.
Energy & Utilities reported previously that the recent opening of full diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel would likely lead to significant cooperation in the energy and utilities sectors including renewable energy.
Photo credit: Times of Israel
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