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Israel to sign solar power deal with Jordan in UAE, official confirms

A general view shows part of a new 15 million euro ($17 million) solar plant during its official inauguration at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on November 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)
A general view shows part of a new 15 million euro ($17 million) solar plant during its official inauguration at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on November 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)

Israel is set to sign a declaration of intent with neighboring Jordan on building a major solar power plant in the kingdom that will be used to generate electricity for Israel, as well as power a desalination plant there to send water onto Jordan, says National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, confirming previous media reports.

The deal will be signed in the United Arab Emirates tomorrow between the two countries’ energy ministers, says Hulata at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, an annual event hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“The Abraham Accords are the enabler of such an important agreement to promote the national security of both of our countries,” Hulata says, referring to the diplomatic deal that saw the Emirates and Bahrain recognize Israel last year.

Hulata gives no cash value for the project. News site Axios has previously reported the deal will see Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based clean energy firm, build the plant. Israel would pay $180 million a year for the power, to be split between the Emirates and Jordan, Axios reported.

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