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Kuwait Fund announces 15% completion of Gulf Electric Interconnection Project
Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has announced that 15 percent of the Gulf electrical interconnection expansion project with the State of Kuwait has been completed until March 2023.
In a press release, Kuwait Fund said that the interconnection project between the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and the State of Kuwait is one of the essential infrastructure projects approved by the Council to reduce the required reserves among the member states, benefit from the surplus, and reduce the cost of production.
The Fund added that the project to establish Al-Wafra station comes within the expansion projects to connect the GCCIA's network with Kuwait's network through four circuits of 400-kV transmission at a total cost of USD 270 million to ensure the continuity and sustainability of electrical energy security at all times.
Kuwait will be among the largest beneficiaries of the project, as it will raise the capacity supporting the local electricity network to about 3,500 megawatts, it said, adding that It will also enable GCCIA to supply southern Iraq with electric power of 500 megawatts.
The project consists of a double-circuit overhead line with a voltage of 400-kV from the Al-Fadili station in Saudi Arabia to the Kuwaiti Al-Wafra station, with a length of about 300 km.
It also converts the existing double-circuit line between the Al-Fadili and Al-Zour stations to the stations, constructing a double-circuit antenna line with a 400-kV length of 25 km.The project also includes expanding the al-Fadili station by adding electrical circuit breakers to connect it to Al-Wafra and extending overhead lines from the latter to stations (Sabah 3) and (Sabah 4) to connect to the network of Kuwait.