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GCC, Egypt, Jordan ink MoU to work on interconnected Arab power grid

The new interconnected electric grid aims to link the existing GCC interconnected grid with Egypt, and Jordan

GCC, Egypt, Jordan ink MoU to work on interconnected Arab power grid. [representational image]
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GCC, Egypt, Jordan ink MoU to work on interconnected Arab power grid. [representational image]

The GCC Interconnection Authority has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egyptian Electricity Company (EETC), which represents the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the National Power Company, which represents the Kingdom of Jordan, to boost cooperation into a Detailed Technical Study on electrical interconnection between the three parties.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, the agreement, which was signed during the 13th meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity in Cairo, aims to enhance the reliability of electrical power systems; improve electrical energy quality; and pave the way to create an electrical energy market in the Arab region.

The new electrical grid aims to create a link between GCC Interconnection Authority Grid – which connects the six GCC countries through a 400 kV overhead line with a length of around 1,400 km – to the interconnection point in Jordan, and then with Egypt, with a 400 kV overhead line with a length of around 780 km.

The interconnection would transmit approximately 2000 MW of power between the GCC countries, Egypt, and Jordan in the first phase of the interconnection project. This power transmission capacity might be increased according to the electrical demand of the connected parties.

The memorandum was signed by HE Shaikh Nawaf Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, chairman of the Board of GCC Interconnection Authority; HE Dr Mohammed Shaker Al-Margabi, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Resources in the Arab Republic of Egypt; and HE Eng Hala Adel Zawati, Minister of Energy and Minerals in the Kingdom of Jordan.

Smart technologies using HVDC Interconnection will be used in the project to ensure achieving the highest standards of reliability and robustness for the power system. This will play a major role in achieving renewable energy resources integration between the solar and wind power generation projects of the GCC countries, Egypt, and Jordan.

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