GCC to link Iraq to joint power grid

Project to cost $200mln

  
Image for illustrative purposes. Camels graze around power grid towers in the Kuwaiti desert .

Image for illustrative purposes. Camels graze around power grid towers in the Kuwaiti desert .

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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states intend to build power lines to link neighbouring Iraq with their common electricity grid, a GCC official was quoted on Sunday as saying.

The project will initially provide around 400-kilowatt (KW) of power to Iraq but it will be expanded at a later stage, said Ahmed Ibrahim, Chairman of the Dammam-based GCC Interconnection Authority.

"Iraq has requested around 500 KW of power to be supplied through the common grid...the power line to be built has a capacity of about 400 KW but it will be expanded later with the addition of 200 KW," he told the Saudi Arabic language daily Alriyadh.

He said the project would cost around $200 million, covering the construction of power lines to Iraq and expansion of the connection station in Kuwait.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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