GCC countries mull water interconnectivity
There have been suggestions to come up with one water grid for Gulf states, to meet growing demand
GCC countries are considering a regional water grid on the lines of electricity grid to meet the growing demand for water, a senior official from Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water said in Abu Dhabi.
“The idea is to have all GCC countries connected with a grid. Kuwait is ready, Bahrain is ready and also Saudi Arabia,” said Iqbal Al Tayyar, director of technical supervision department at the Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water.
Al Tayyar was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Mena Desalination Projects Conference in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
She, however, did not give a timeline on the project and said they are waiting for an official agreement on this. “We are successful in the electricity grid and each country is encouraging to connect and they want to connect outside GCC as well as to European countries.”
The comments come as member countries in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) boost cooperation in various sectors to strengthen ties. Currently, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are undertaking a number of new projects including in finance, energy and defence.
Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al Falih announced earlier this year plans to develop the country’s gas resources and extending a grid to the UAE, Oman and Kuwait.