Jordan starts supplying West Bank 'electricity'

Jordan's National Electricity Power Company (NEPCO) on Monday started supplying the West Bank city of Jericho with electricity, an NEPCO official said.

Jordan starts supplying West Bank 'electricity'
It was the first time the Palestinian city had received power from Jordan since 1967 when Israel captured the West Bank from the Hashemite Kingdom in the Six Day War.

Supplying Jericho with Jordanian electricity was agreed in mid-2007, following a request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Jordan's King Abdullah II.

However, the implementation was delayed after the move faced resistance from Jordan Valley landowners who insisted that the power line should not cross their land.

"All preparations have now been completed by the contractors to transmit electricity from the Jordanian grid through the Sweimeh Electricity Power Plants in the Jordan Valley to Jericho," NEPCO Director General Ahmad Hiasat said in a statement.

He estimated the electricity capacity to be supplied to Jericho at about 20 megawatts and said NEPCO would train Palestinian engineers and technicians from the Jerusalem company to enhance the Palestinian capacity in the sector and provide them with the latest technology.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2008, 18:35