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Declaration of intent for energy-water deal has ‘no impact on state budget’ — Media minister

By JT - Nov 29,2021 - Last updated at Nov 29,2021

AMMAN — State Minister for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul on Sunday said that the declaration of intent, “energy for water”, will be under consideration for the next 10 months, stressing “it has no financial impact on Jordan, at least during the 2022 state budget”.

Shboul, who is also the government spokesperson, said that the declaration of intent has “nothing to do with the state budget”, adding that “the declaration of intent has not been included in the 2022 budget.

” The government will only consider the National Water Carrier Project. Shboul also reiterated “the declaration of intent needs to be discussed for the next 10 months”.

Last Monday, Jordan, the UAE and Israel signed a declaration of intent to negotiate the feasibility of a joint energy and water project.

The declaration of intent aims to conduct a feasibility study in 2022 for the joint project under which Jordan could get 200 million cubic metres of water a year.

A solar plant is to be built under the project and electricity will be provided to Israel.

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