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GCC 7b power grid project on track

posted on 11/09/2007: 797 views

The first phase of the US$7 billion Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) power grid will be commissioned by the first quarter of 2009. More than 30 per cent of the construction in the US$1.1 billion first phase, which will link Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar through 800 kilometres of transmission lines, was completed at the end of June. According to the GCC lnterconnection Authority (GCCIA), given the rapid pace of work on the project, the first phase would be completed by the end 2008 and it is expected to go into operation in the first quarter of 2009. The second phase will link the UAE with Oman.

The resulting two mega grids will be joined in the final phase. Once the grid is ready, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will each receive an extra 1200 MW of power capacity, the UAE will receive 900 MW, Qatar 750 MW, Bahrain 600 MW and Oman 450 MW. The GCC power-grid, which will link the six-member GCC with an integrated electricity network, aims to reduce the cost of power generation in the six GCC states. (Khaleej Times)


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