Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has appointed Ireland’s ESB International as adviser on its electricity transmission network upgrades.

The engineering contract, which is worth more than €1m ($1.3m), is for technical consultancy services to assist EWA in its planned upgrades to the existing transmission infrastructure.

Bahrain has launched a series of tenders for contractors to improve its electricity transmission network including a recent tender for low-voltage feeders and high-voltage power lines.

As a member of the planned gulf interconnection grid, Bahrain needs to improve its power distribution infrastructure to allow the flow of electricity to and from the country.

ESB International builds, owns, operates and invests in power stations in the UK and internationally and offers engineering consultancy services to utilities.