Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Gulf states say linked power grid to start July - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, (Reuters) – The power grids of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain will be linked later this month, the body overseeing interconnection said on Tuesday.

Gulf Arab countries hope the $1.4 billion power connection project will help them meet rapidly rising power demand and avoid power outages.

The United Arab Emirates would hook up to the grid in 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) said in a statement. That was a year later than previously expected. Oman was also expected to join later.

The Gulf countries have little excess capacity to sell for now. They all have similar patterns of consumption, which sees demand peak in the summer as air coniditioners work on full throttle to counter soaring desert temperatures.

Kuwait has been in talks for months to buy power from Qatar through the grid. But Qatar has told Kuwait that it has no available electricity to sell, al-Watan newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The economies of the world’s top oil producing region have boomed on record oil revenues, leaving them struggling to supply the power needed for expansion.

Subsidised power across the region has encouraged rapid demand growth. Kuwait has one of the highest per capita power consumption rates in the world.

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia is experiencing outages of up to five hours a day in the industrial zone of Jeddah, the kingdom’s commercial hub.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a loose political and economic alliance between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube