Jordan aims to supply Lebanon with electricity by year-end

Jordan aims to supply Lebanon with electricity by year-end: minister
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The Jordanian energy minister says her country aims to help Lebanon meet some of its electricity needs by the end of the year, as the country reels under a chronic energy crisis
Lebanon is looking to import natural gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan [Getty]

Jordan hopes to start supplying Lebanon with electricity by the end of the year, Sky News Arabia reported on Thursday, citing an interview with the kingdom's energy minister, Hala Zawati.

She said Lebanon is seeking financing from the World Bank for this project, Sky reported.

Under an agreement announced last month, Egypt will supply natural gas to Lebanon via a pipeline that passes through Jordan and Syria to help boost Lebanon's electricity output. The deal is part of a U.S.-backed plan to alleviate Lebanon's power shortages.

Lebanon is suffering from an acute energy crisis that has left much of the country in darkness for up to 20 hours per day. The country needs 3,600 megawatts of energy per year to cover demand, but currently only produces 700.

(Reuters)