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GCC power authority eyes $660m direct electricity link with Oman

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The direct electricity link will enable energy transfers of between 1,200 and 1,600MW

The GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), which operates the transmission system linking the grids of the GCC member states, is weighing a direct electricity link with the main grid of Oman at an investment of $660 million, Oman Daily Observer reported.

The project will enable energy transfers of between 1,200 and 1,600MW, Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, CEO of GCCIA, said.

The 150km-long link will have a grid station on each side of the border between Oman and the UAE and is expected to be implemented within three years.

Oman is already connected to the GCC grid via an interconnection with the UAE that became operational last year. It joins the sultanate’s main interconnected system with the power systems of the GCCIA via Abu Dhabi.

The 220kV interconnection, a double-circuit link that supports reliable transfers of up to 400MW and can carry up to 800MW in emergencies, allows Oman access to the power systems of the five GCC member states.