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Oman and Saudi Arabia mull to develop a 1.2 GW power interconnector

The Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), which is the operator of the transmission system linking the grids of the Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, has started a study on a 1,200 MW power interconnector between Ibri in Oman and Salwa in Saudi Arabia. The proposed link is a 400 kV DC power line of about 700 km, which would increase the net transfer capacity to Oman from 400 MW to about 1,600 MW.

Oman's first interconnector, which supports transfers of up to 400 MW and can carry up to 800 MW in emergencies, came into operation in 2012. It links the Main Interconnected System (MIS) of Oman and the power systems of the GCCIA via Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). This 220 kV interconnection allows Oman access to the power systems of the five GCC member states.