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US News: Lebanon signs electricity supply agreement with Jordan via Syria

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The agreement signed this Wednesday, January 26 should come into force in two months if two questions are settled.

with our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

The Jordan Power Network Connection Agreement via Syria will provide 250 megawatts in Lebanon, 10% of its needs. That is, two additional hours of electricity a day that will be added to the two hours currently produced by Lebanese power plants through Fuel offered by Iraq.

But before the realization of this agreement, there are two pitfalls to overcome. The first is the financing. The World Bank has given an agreement in principle, conditioned to certain electricity reforms. This includes an increase in the price of Kilowatt, one of the cheapest in the world, as well as transparency measures, the fight against corruption and the restructuring of the sector. These reforms have not yet been engaged.

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The second pitfall concerns arrangements in the US law called "César" , which sanctions heavily any individual or entity that would transactions with the Syrian government. Lebanon recently received a mechanism in nine points offered by the United States to proceed with these exemptions. Washington requires the names of managers, technicians, entrepreneurs and companies that will cooperate with Syria on this project.

While waiting for all these conditions to be fulfilled, the Jordanian network connection project will remain ink on paper.

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