GCCIA Launches Super Grid Project To Connect GCC And Southern Iraq For Enhanced Energy Integration

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The Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has initiated the implementation of a groundbreaking project called the super grid, which will connect the GCC with southern Iraq.


This ambitious project, scheduled for completion by late 2024, marks the first expansion beyond the electrical grid system of GCC countries. It aims to meet a significant portion of the electricity demand in southern Iraq by supplying 500 megawatts (MW) of power.

The project, backed by the Qatar Fund for Development and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, has received substantial financial support.


The construction involves the establishment of a cutting-edge double circuit 400 kV transmission line spanning 295 kilometres, with a transmission capacity of 1,800 MW.

The phased approach of the project will initially deploy a transmission capacity of 500 MW, providing immediate benefits to Iraq’s energy requirements.

The GCCIA envisions the super grid as a vital link not only within the GCC countries but also extending to neighbouring regions. Feasibility studies are already underway to connect the GCC with Jordan and Egypt, with the long-term goal of establishing an electricity highway reaching Europe. This interconnected system would facilitate the exchange of surplus energy between regions, ensuring affordable and clean energy for both.

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