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Saudi Arabia and Oman plan for new interconnection [free access]

May 4, 2022

Saudi Arabia and Oman are exploring the possibility of building a new interconnection between their electricity grids to open up opportunities for electricity trading and coordinated reserve planning. If approved, it will be the second interconnection between the two countries.

 

 

The Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), which operates the transmission system that connects the grids of the GCC member states, is conducting a detailed study on the establishment of the interconnect between the Sultanate of Oman at Ibri, directly to Salwa in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

The proposed 700-km, 400 kV direct current (DC) link is expected to increase the net transfer capacity to Oman from 400 MW to approximately 1,600 MW. Both the interconnections are expected to enable energy trades and firm capacity purchases from neighbouring countries, thus reducing the need for costly new capacity investments.