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|02 October, 2018

Gulf countries may export surplus electricity to Iraq- UAE official

The GCC produces 100 gigawatt annually

The first sunrise of the new year illuminates electricity pylons north west of Dubai January 1, 2004. Image for illustrative purposes only.

The first sunrise of the new year illuminates electricity pylons north west of Dubai January 1, 2004. Image for illustrative purposes only.

REUTERS/Anwar Mirza

MARRAKESH, Morocco- The United Arab Emirates and other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have entered into talks with Iraq to link up to its electric grid, a UAE official said on Tuesday.

"The GCC Interconnectivity Authority is examining with Iraqi authorities a grid link with the southern Iraqi province of Basra," Matar al-Neyadi, undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, told Reuters.

Iraq and its southern province of Basra have endured power cuts for years as public services deteriorate.

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

The GCC produces 100 gigawatt annually, of which only 30 percent 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.

(Reporting by Ahmed El Jechtimi Editing by Ulf Laessing and Louise Heaves) ((Ulf.Laessing@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: follow me on twitter @ulflaessing))

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