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Qatar Fund for Development signs an agreement to connect the Gulf electrical grid to the southern Iraq network A photo during the signing of the agreement, published by the Fund on its Twitter account August 01 2022 04:29 PM Doha-Mubasher: Qatar Fund for Development and the Electricity Interconnection Authority of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf announced today, Monday, the signing of an agreement to develop the Gulf electric interconnection system and connect to the southern Iraq network . The agreement aims to contribute to meeting part of the demand for electrical energy and filling the need for it, in addition to improving the performance and stability of the electrical network in the southern region of the Republic of Iraq. According to the terms of the agreement, it is planned to construct a new 400-kilovolt transformer station from the Al-Wafra station of the Interconnection Authority to the Al-Faw power transfer station in southern Iraq, which will enable the transmission of electricity from the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to Iraq . The Director General of the Qatar Fund for Development, Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, stressed that the extension of electricity plays a fundamental and pivotal role in strengthening the vital basic sectors and supporting them to complete their work, as well as the pivotal role of the initiative in economic contribution and infrastructure development. In the same context, the CEO of the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority, Engineer Ahmed bin Ali Al-Ibrahim, affirmed that the electrical interconnection has achieved economic savings for the GCC countries, which amounted to nearly $3 billion since the project was fully operational. He said that the authority has worked to avoid any major interruptions in the Gulf networks since the start of operation in 2009, which had a significant impact on the continuity of electricity and its significant impact on society and the economic and industrial sector in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf . It is noteworthy that the GCC Electricity Interconnection Authority is implementing the project and owns and operates the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Network, which is one of the most important infrastructure interconnection projects approved by the Cooperation Council. In 2001, the GCC Electricity Interconnection Authority was established, and the interconnection project was completed in 2009, when the interconnection network began operating . The authority considers that the signing of the interconnection agreement with the electricity network in southern Iraq, which recently coincided with the Jeddah Summit for Security and Development, which was held on July 15, is one of the most important strategic projects for the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and implementation work is scheduled to begin during the month of August. The connection will be operational in the summer of 2024 . It is worth noting that the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Project achieved its most important strategic objectives of enhancing energy security, raising the level of reliability and safety of the Gulf electrical systems, and its success in avoiding the GCC electricity networks for any partial or total interruption by 100% by providing instant support by transferring the required energy via The electrical interconnection network directly, where more than (2500) support cases have been supported since its operation .
Within a year ... Gulf electricity is "free" to Iraq 2020-08-24 01:28 Shafaq News / The Iraqi ambassador in Riyadh, Qahtan Al-Janabi revealed, on Sunday, that the Gulf interconnection will completely solve the problem of electricity in Iraq. Al-Janabi said in a press statement today, which was seen by Shafaq News Agency, that "there is a memorandum of understanding signed between the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, for the purpose of linking the Gulf through Kuwait," indicating that "there is a clear development in this issue and the initiation of this work." very soon". He added, "It is hoped that it will be completed within a year to solve the electricity crisis in Iraq, given that the six Gulf countries have abundant electric power, and the peak hours in them differ from what is in Iraq." Al-Janabi explained that "through this link, Iraq will not pay any sums. Rather, its financing will be from the outputs of the Kuwait Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, which was held years ago." The American "Wall Street Journal" reported, in a report today, Monday, that the United States is pushing for a new Saudi-Iraqi project to invest in energy, noting that it is "towards completion ." And Washington had granted Iraq an exemption from the sanctions imposed on importing Iranian energy, for humanitarian reasons related to plunging Baghdad into darkness without this energy, at a time when Iraq is trying to reduce its dependence on Tehran. The networking project has been the subject of intense consultations in recent months, as it was discussed during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington last week . The Iraqi Finance Minister, Ali Allawi, said last Friday that the project "is about to be defined, designed and put up for tenders," adding, "The electrical network in Iraq is likely to be linked to the networks of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ." On the other hand, a spokesman for the Saudi Energy Minister confirmed that the agreement "is progressing towards completion" and includes an option for a direct link between Iraq and Saudi Arabia . "We were working on this," says a senior Trump administration official, referring to the Iraqi electricity grid connected to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Iraqi Electricity announces the start of establishing interconnection stations with Saudi Arabia High pressure stations for electricity transmission - archive June 15, 2022 03:19 PM Mubasher: The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity announced, today, Wednesday, the start of establishing interconnection stations with Saudi Arabia and determining the paths of the transmission lines, while defining the advantages of the connection and its impact on the energy level. The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Musa, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that the ministry is establishing and working on the readiness of stations to establish the link between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Moussa added that Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi side related to the electrical connection, and there are periodic meetings in which the ministry has made important strides to move the connection, indicating that the paths through which the lines will be established will be established between the two countries, as well as the identification of future stations for the connection points. Moussa concluded that the main purpose of the electrical interconnection projects is the readiness and stability of the electrical network, and the entry of Iraq under the interconnection projects into the energy market, whether it is Arab, Gulf or international, in addition to making Iraq, according to the linkage projects, an important member of the energy market to achieve stability for the network, and also, In the coming days, Iraq will be a preserver and a conduit for energy. The Saudi Cabinet, at its meeting on Tuesday, approved a memorandum of understanding with Iraq in the field of electrical interconnection. A spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity said that there are two different connections, the first of which is Turkish, and this has been technically completed 100%, and the ministry has obtained official approvals, and Iraq is waiting for an increase in Iraq's need for energy in the summer to supply 500 megawatts to the northern governorates. Regarding the connection with Jordan, Moussa explained that work on this connection was referred to the General Electric Company and urged the ministry to complete the work within a quick timeframe, stressing that work is underway on the Risha Al-Qaim line and the Al-Qaim transformer station, and the examination of soil paths, study of connection points, identification of paths and work has been completed. He continued, "The Gulf connection is 88% complete, and we need to search for the tariff price for the line that connects the Al-Faw station with the Al-Zour station in Kuwait, and our meetings are periodic with the Gulf side." With regard to solar energy projects to generate electricity and strengthen the national system, Moussa indicated that the ministry is in the process of preparing and organizing procurement and connection contracts, and implementation, and therefore the matter needs a set of protocol procedures with departments related to the installation and completion of stations, noting that it will be ready within the limits of the ministry's medium-term plan. .