UAE, Jordan, and Israel Sign Agreement to Boost Clean Energy and Desalination Projects
At the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), the UAE, Jordan, and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to move forward with the clean energy and sustainable water desalination projects that were announced last year.
The Memorandum of Understanding is about Project Prosperity, which was proposed to fix some of the problems caused by climate change on water and energy security in the Middle East, as well as to promote renewable energy, sustainable water supply, and regional stability. The project is divided into two parts: Prosperity Green and Prosperity Blue.
Jordan will build a 600-MW solar photovoltaic facility with electric storage as part of Prosperity Green. It will generate clean energy, which will be supplied to Israel. Prosperity Blue is a sustainable water desalination initiative in Israel that will export 200 million cubic metres of potable water to Jordan each year.
The three countries signed an initial Declaration of Intent to look into the viability of both projects at Expo 2020 Dubai in the UAE in November 2021.
According to the MoU, feasibility studies for each of the projects are now ongoing, and the parties agree that both Prosperity Green and Prosperity Blue have great potential.
The three countries will keep working together to make the necessary implementation plans in time for COP28, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates next November.
Source: Gulf Business