Reuters reported that Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz met on Tuesday with the CEO of Emirati renewable energy company Masdar Mohammed Jamil al-Ramahi to discuss a water-for-energy deal with Jordan.
Israel and Jordan announced the initial agreement in 2021, and the UAE is a partner.
The project, called the Prosperity Project, aims to export 600 megawatts of solar energy to Israel in exchange for 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water to Jordan.
Israel's Energy Ministry said Minister Yisrael Katz met with Masdar CEO Mohammed Jamil al-Ramahi in Tel Aviv to discuss projects ahead of an expected signing of the deal at the UN COP28 climate summit in Dubai.
In a previous interview with Al Jazeera Net, the Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Engineer Mohammed Al-Najjar, expected that the energy-for-water agreement with the Israelis will see the light in 2030, to provide Jordan with 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water, in exchange for exporting about 600 megawatts annually of electricity generated from solar energy from Jordan to Israel.
At the time, the minister said the agreement would likely be 35 years old if negotiations between all parties (Jordan, the UAE and Israel) resulted in a satisfactory agreement on the price of a cubic meter of water.
Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries, facing severe droughts, and began cooperating with Israel in this area before the 1994 peace treaty.
Jordan ranks as the second poorest country in the world in terms of water, according to the World Water Index.
Israel aims to generate 30 percent of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2030.
In January 2021, the UAE's Masdar signed an agreement with IDF Renewables-Israel, a French conglomerate, to invest in Israel's renewable energy sector.