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05 February 2007

Mott MacDonald assists on new power network grid code for the Gulf Region

Mott MacDonald has been subcontracted by Norton Rose* to deliver a new code for the Transmission Grid linking the power networks in the six Gulf States. The project has been commissioned by the GCC Interconnection Authority, (GCCIA) a joint stock company subscribed by the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait.

The project is due for completion by Summer 2007. It will result in a new Interconnector Transmission Code which will help to provide the following benefits:

  • The need for less total generation capacity for each State's power system due to sharing the reserve capacity for the region. This will be achieved without compromising, if not improving, reliability of power supply.
  • The code will enable sharing of spinning reserve between the Gulf states, saving operational cost (any power system needs to carry excess generation capacity running on standby or spinning -in case of a sudden network incident where more power is needed instantly).
  • Co-ordinated and shared emergency assistance to help mitigate the effect of unexpected events such as construction delays or higher load growth than expected for one state
Mott MacDonald is one of the world’s top energy consultancies and has experience of assisting on projects in all of the participating Gulf States. Arild Vik, Mott MacDonald’s project manager said, “We are delighted to be selected by Norton Rose and look forward to demonstrating our expertise in energy consultancy and knowledge of the Gulf States on this landmark project which has far-reaching implications for the future of electrical power networks in the Gulf Region and beyond.”

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*Norton Rose will deliver the GCC legal requirements and NERA is responsible for Power Exchange and Trading Agreements.

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