Inter-Connection Grid Project launched

December 15, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the leaders of the five other member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) launched the electricity Inter-connection Grid Project at the 30th GCC Summit in Kuwait last night. The endeavor will be overseen by the Dammam-based Gulf Cooperation Council Inter-Connection Authority (GCCIA), which was established by royal decree on 08/05/1422H [July 29, 2001].

The project, scheduled for completion in 2011, will consist of three phases. During Phase I, interconnection between Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar (the GCC North-Grid) will become fully operational. System components will include a double-circuit 400 kV, 50Hz line from Al Zour (Kuwait) to Ghunan (Saudi Arabia), with an intermediate connection at Al Fadhili (Saudi Arabia) and associated substations, according to GCCIA website. Phase II will involve the interconnection of systems in the UAE and Oman (the GCC South-Grid), to be executed independently by another party. Phase III, the interconnection of the GCC South-Grid with the GCC-North Grid, will complete the linkage of the six Gulf States.