Addis Ababa — Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity has signed MoU with Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority and the International Energy Linking Organization (GEIDCO) to start feasibility study of electricity link between Ethiopia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The MoU was signed on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the online newspaper Sabq-sa.com.
Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister Engineer Sileshi Bekele said on the occasion the interconnection of energy between countries, regions and continents is one of the most important ways to unite people for mutual benefit and economic prosperity.
UAE Energy and Industry Undersecretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority Matar Al Nayadi said the link with Ethiopia is part of the strategy approved by the board to contribute to the creation of electricity market and the promotion of electricity exchange.
He pointed out that the linking projects aim to spare the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) electricity networks for any partial or total interruption by 100 percent by providing instantaneous support for the required power transmission via the electrical connection network directly.
The Gulf Electricity Interconnection project is one of the most important infrastructure projects approved by the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to enhance energy security and raise the level of reliability and safety of the Gulf electrical systems.