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Interconnection grid celebrates official launch

Succesful test means that four GCC nations are now fully connected

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The GCC interconnection grid is now live in four Gulf nations.
The GCC interconnection grid is now live in four Gulf nations.

The GCC Interconnection Grid has been officially launched in Kuwait, with the first phase linking Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia fully operational.

The first successful test, which took place a few weeks ago, saw 1,320MW pumped through the grid for 10 hours to test its maximum capacity.

"It will allow GCC countries and EU countries to exchange electricity since the GCC witnesses a high consumption in the summertime, while EU countries have a high consumption in the winter," said Adnan Al Moheisen, CEO of the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), according to the Kuwait Times.

Al-Moheisen also told the newspaper that the grid will include extending fibre-optic cables to provide essential control data transfer for the operation of the grid. "Meanwhile," he said, "it can also be used for internet data transfer between the GCC countries since we've designed it to have a big reserve bandwidth.

The second phase of the grid will incorporate the UAE and Oman, which will take place next year.
 

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