Israel’s energy ministry announced on Tuesday (26 September) it’s finalising a trilateral energy-for-water deal with the UAE and Jordan.
The plan (‘Project Prosperity’) emerged out of COP26 in 2021, and has two parts:
- 🟢 Prosperity Green: Israel will receive clean energy from a UAE-funded solar facility in Jordan, and
- 🔵 Prosperity Blue: Jordan will receive 200 billion litres of desalinated water from Israel each year.
Intrigue’s take: Sometimes geopolitics is complicated. In this case, it’s kinda simple: people need water. Jordan doesn’t have much (it’s the second most water-scarce country on Earth); and Israel produces 20% more water than it needs.
Sometimes water drives conflict. For Israel and its neighbours, it seems to be driving cooperation right now.
Also worth noting:
- The energy ministry said it expects to formally sign the agreement at COP28 in Dubai in November.
- Jordan is currently moving to build a major desalination plant at its only port city, Aqaba, that’s expected to be operational by 2028.