Saudi Arabia and Iraq combine power grids

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have signed an agreement to interconnect their energy networks, Asharq AL-Awsat newspaper reported .

According to the publication, the agreement provides for the construction of a power transmission line with a length of about 435 kilometers, a capacity of 1,000 megawatts and a voltage of 400 kilovolts.

At the same time, the Iranian authorities signed an agreement with the Office of the Interconnection of Power Grids of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf, according to which a high-voltage line with a capacity of 500-1,800 megawatts should be built between power plants in Kuwait and the city of Faw in southern Iraq in two years.

Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said the power grid merger is beneficial to both parties and will make it easier for Iraqi citizens to access electricity. In recent years, difficulties have arisen in this area in Iraq, including due to the frequent blowing up of power lines by militants of terrorist groups.