Kuwaiti Min. Lauds Iraq-GCC Electric Hookup Project

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) RIYADH, June 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Eng. Mutlaq Abu-Rguba said Thursday the interconnection project, linking Iraq's power grid to the GCC one, is a big stride in the regional Arab strategy.
The project is an important part of the vision of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) for regional integration, he told KUNA ahead of the inauguration of the project.
Eng. Abu-Rguba noted that the project will bring great economic and technical benefits for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.
It will support the GCC power emergency response system and help avert any partial or total blackouts in the future, the minister explained.
The project, with a total length of 1,050 km. spanning from the State of Kuwait in the north to the Sultanate of Oman in the south, will provide essential backup to the regional power grid, he added.
The inauguration ceremony of the project will be held later tonight in Al-Dammam city, to the east of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Governor of the Eastern Region Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Iraqi Minister of Electricity Ziad Ali Fadhil and ministers of electricity of the GCC member states, including Kuwait's Abu-Rguba. (end)


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