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The GGC has long-term plans to interconnect with other Arab states to form a pan-Arab grid, according to Saleh Alawaji, deputy minister of electricity affairs at Saudi Arabia’s Water & Electricity Ministry and chairman of the Dammam-based GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). ‘In five years from now, we will have most Arab countries linked with each other,’ said Alawaji at the MEED Middle East Power & Desalination conference in Abu Dhabi on 13 March. ‘If our [the GCC] long-term objective is to export energy, then this is the way forward.’