QFFD & GCCIA to expand electricity interconnection system to southern Iraq

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Officials from QFFD & GCCIA signing agreement

Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) have partnered to develop the Gulf electricity interconnection system and connect it to the southern Iraq network.

This agreement aims to contribute to cover part of the demand for electricity and fulfilling its need, as well as improving the performance and stability of the electricity network in the southern region of the Iraq Republic.

By constructing a new transformer substation with a capacity of about 400 KV in the Wafra area in Kuwait and connecting it to the Gulf electricity interconnection system to the Iraqi electricity network through Al-Faw electricity transformer station in southern Iraq.

Khalifa Jassim al-Kuwari
Khalifa Jassim al-Kuwari
Director General – QFFD

“Together, in partnership with the GCCIA, we seek to extend electricity to our brothers in southern Iraq. As electricity support will play a fundamental and pivotal role in strengthening the vital basic sectors and supporting them to complete Its work, such as the health sector, which will, in turn, provide health services to a large number of patients, in addition to strengthening the education sector such as schools and universities. This initiative will have a pivotal role in the economic contribution and infrastructure development.”

Eng. Ahmed bin Ali Al Ibrahim, CEO of GCCIA, said that the electrical connection has achieved economic savings for the GCC countries of nearly $3 billion since the full operation of the project, while avoiding any major interruptions in the Gulf networks since the start of operation in 2009, which has a significant impact on the continuity of electricity and its great impact on society and the economic and industrial sector in the GCC countries.

The authority considers that the signing of the interconnection agreement with the electricity network in southern Iraq is one of the most important strategic projects in the GCC countries, which will start implementation work during the month of August, hoping to operate the connection within the summer of 2024.

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