Israel and Jordan move forward with water-for-energy deal

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Israel and Jordan connected Tuesday signed a memorandum of knowing (MOU) to determination up with a water-for-energy woody aft an archetypal introspection of the task recovered it to beryllium feasible.

The idea, archetypal announced a twelvemonth ago, is for Jordan to physique 600 megawatts of star powerfulness capableness that would beryllium exported to Israel. In return, Israel would supply water-scarce Jordan with 200 cardinal cubic metres (mcm) of desalinated water.

The MOU was signed astatine the COP27 clime acme successful Egypt astatine an lawsuit hosted by the United Arab Emirates, which successful 2020 became the archetypal Gulf authorities to normalise relations with Israel and has been a spouse successful the project.

Israel's Energy Ministry said teams from each state met regularly implicit the past twelvemonth portion examining the financial, readying and regulatory aspects of the project.

The signing connected Tuesday, the ministry said, "expresses the countries' shared tendency to woody with the clime situation done cross-border cooperation".

The Middle East is highly susceptible to clime alteration and this volition beryllium the archetypal specified practice betwixt Israel and Jordan.

Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Ari Rabinovitch Editing by Alex Richardson and David Goodman

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