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Gulf Countries Consider Exporting Electricity To Iraq

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could export surplus power to help meet Iraq's electricity shortages

Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are in discussions with Iraq to explore the possibility of linking it to the Gulf's electric grid, according to a UAE official. The move would serve as an attempt to help address Iraq's chronic electricity shortage.

“The GCC Interconnectivity Authority is examining with Iraqi authorities a grid link with the southern Iraqi province of Basra,” Matar al-Neyadi, undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, told Reuters.

Iraq has been suffering from insufficient national power supply for more than a decade. In recent months, the national grid has been meeting demand for only a few hours per day in the central and southern provinces of Iraq, which contributed to widespread protests in Basra and other parts of the country, with Iraqis fighting for improved public services and an end to corruption in government institutions.

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Neyadi revealed that the GCC could export its electricity surplus to Iraq.

The state members of GCC are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, with the organization producing 100 gigawatts of power annually, of which only 30 percent is consumed in winter.

Source: Kurdistan 24

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