GCC studies water grid

20 November 2003
French consultant Sogreahhas been awarded a contract to carry out a pre-feasibility study into the creation of a GCC-wide water network. The GCC secretariat is the client for the contract, which is expected to take about one year.

The study will examine a range of issues, including security of supply, institutional ownership issues, distribution and environmental impact. 'We will look at whether a GCC grid would be helpful in ironing out supply disruptions experienced by individual states,' says a Sogreah spokesman. 'The assessment will also examine whether a grid would bring down prices by supplying regionally whichever source of water - desalinated or groundwater - was cheaper at a particular time.'

A plan to establish a GCC power grid has been on the table for some 20 years but has suffered lengthy delays. The Dammam-based GCC Interconnection Authority, the body charged with building and operating the grid, has been in existence since 2001 (Power, MEED Special Report, 25:7:03, pages 19-20).

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