Kuwait moves on deal to import electricity from Qatari energy grid

May 01, 2009 02:00 AM

Kuwait moved on a deal to import electricity from a $ 1.4 bn power grid in Qatar ahead of spikes in energy demands expected this summer, officials say.
Several Gulf states have moved to sign agreements with Qatar for its first phase of a new regional power grid expected to go online fully in May 2010. Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia expect to test the initial links on the grid this summer, with Oman and the United Arab Emirates coming online at a later date.

With summer temperatures in Kuwait soaring to around 122 degrees Fahrenheit, Kuwait has one of the highest per capita power consumptions in the world.
Kuwaiti energy officials said the negotiations were still in the early stages, adding purchasing mechanisms were in place, but not the technical conditions.

Electricity would need to travel along a route from Qatar to Saudi Arabia to reach Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia had raised objections to a related gas pipeline in the region, but reversed course as the region struggles with intermittent power shortages. Kuwait is the first to move on the new energy grid.

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