GCCIA seals power interconnection agreement with Egypt and Jordan

GCCIA seals power interconnection agreement with Egypt and Jordan
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Published: 11 November 2019 - 11:53 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and officials from Egypt and Jordan to improve cooperation in a detailed technical study on electrical interconnection between the three countries.

The memo was signed by Egyptian Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohammad Shaker, Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Hala Al-Zawati, and Sheik Nawaf Al Khalifa, Chairman of GCCIA.

A Bahrain News Agency (BNA) report said that the electrical interconnection grid will link the GCC Interconnection Authority Grid, which links the six GCC countries through a 400 kV overhead line with a length of approximately 1400 km to the interconnection point in Jordan, and then interconnect with Egypt with a 400 kV overhead line with a length of approximately 780 km.

In the first step of the interconnection plan, the interconnection will relay about 2000 MW of energy between the GCC countries, Egypt, and Jordan. This power transmission capability could be expanded depending on the connecting parties ' electrical demand, according to the BNA report.

Shaikh Nawaf Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of the GCC Interconnection Authority, told the BNA that the GCC Interconnection Project is considered one of the most important strategic developments to ensure power connectivity among GCC member states.

He added that this was supported by GCC leaders enabling the GCC countries to achieve strategic Energy Security and increasing the level of resilience and reliability of member states Power Systems.

The MoU was signed on 5th November in Cairo during the 13th meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity which was held in Leage of Arab States headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

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