UAE, GCC Could Ex­port Elec­tric­ity To Iraq

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The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) have en­tered into talks with Iraq to link up to its elec­tric grid, a UAE of­fi­cial has said.

“The GCC In­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity Au­thor­ity is ex­am­in­ing with Iraqi au­thor­i­ties a grid link with the south­ern Iraqi prov­ince of Basra,” MatarAl Neyadi, un­der­sec­re­tary at the UAE Min­istry of En­ergy and In­dus­try. Iraq and its south­ern prov­ince of Basra have en­dured power cuts for years as pub­lic ser­vices de­te­ri­o­rate.

The GCC could ex­port its elec­tric­ity sur­plus, Al Neyadi said on the side­lines of a con­fer­ence in the Moroc­can city of Mar­rakesh.

The GCC pro­duces 100 gi­gawatt an­nu­ally, of which only 30 per cent is con­sumed in win­ter, he added.

The GCC is also con­sid­er­ing an elec­tric link with the Horn of Africa and the In­dian penin­sula, he added, with­out giv­ing de­tails. In De­cem­ber, Egypt an­nounced a project worth $1.6 bil­lion that will con­nect its power net­work to Saudi Ara­bia’s, join­ing a sys­tem in the Mid­dle East that al­lows neigh­bors to share elec­tric­ity. It will be in the ca­pac­ity of 3,000 megawatts, so Egypt can ex­port elec­tric­ity in time of sur­plus and then im­port it dur­ing short­fall.

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