A UAE official has said his country and other Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have begun talks with Iraq to connect it to the GCC electricity network.
Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry Matar Al-Neyadi said, "The GCC Electricity Interconnection Authority is studying with the Iraqi authorities an electrical connection in the province of Basra in southern Iraq."
Al-Neyadi said on the sidelines of a conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakech that the GCC may issue a surplus of electricity.
"The Gulf Cooperation Council is producing 100 megawatts annually, only 30 percent of which is consumed in the winter," he said, adding that the GCC “is also considering electrical links with the Horn of Africa and the Indian subcontinent."