Saudi Arabia is planning to develop an electrical interconnection with Turkey, which would have the capacity to transmit up to 5,000MW.

Speaking at the Saudi Water and Electricity Forum in Riyadh on 8 February, Saleh al-Awaji, deputy minister for electricity, Ministry of Electricity & Water, said the ministry was in discussion with Turkish authorities about constructing a 5,000MW direct-current (DC) electrical network between the two countries, which could be increased to 10,000MW in the future.

Al-Awaji also revealed at the conference that the construction contracts for the 3,000MW interconnection with Egypt would be awarded in 2016.