uwait signed contracts to buy 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity on Sunday through the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA).

The contracts are for 300 MW from Oman and 200 MW (MW) from Qatar.

"The contract is with the Gulf Interconnection Authority directly, and they deal with Oman and Qatar in coordination with Kuwait," the electricity ministry's acting undersecretary, Haitham Al-Ali, told reporters at the signing event, adding that the contracts would last from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Kuwait's population relies heavily on air conditioners during the summer season, significantly boosting energy consumption in one of the world's hottest climates.

The GCCIA operates a transmission system linking the power grids of all six GCC member states, stretching from Oman to Kuwait.

(Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy, Writing by Adam Makary, Editing by David Goodman)