Electrical Interconnection and Energy study
During the 4th Intermediate Meeting, held in Amman, Jordan during the period June 25th – 27th, 2013 the project study team, charged with following up the progress of the Feasibility Study Related to Electrical Interconnection and Energy Trade Between the Arab Countries, along with technical experts from the Arab Fund, approved the selection of the "preferred scenario" for future electrical and gas interconnections between the Arab countries.
The preferred scenario included the construction of 11 new electrical interconnection projects (three of them on 500 kV, seven on 400 kV, and one on 220 kV), two new gas pipelines (Egypt-Libya, and Kuwait-Iraq), and an LNG terminal in Bahrain.
If implemented, this scenario would produce the lowest overall capital and operating costs of generation and transmission for all Arab countries throughout the period 2012-2030.
This major milestone will be followed up by other activities, including identifying bottlenecks in the local transmission networks of the various Arab countries and recommending upgrades to alleviate these bottlenecks, performing pre-feasibility studies for the projects identified in the preferred scenario and recommending the best financing scheme for each of these projects, along with determining the recommended pricing for the power to be exchanged.
The study, which is being performed by the consulting firms CESI and Ramboll, is financed by a grant from the Arab Fund and is scheduled to be completed in December 2013.