Iraq has signed a landmark deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for a power line to import 500 megawatts of electricity by 2020, local reports said on Sunday.
According to the Iraqi Electricity Ministry, the 300-kilometre line will run from Kuwait to Iraq's southern port of Faw and be financed by the GCC.
Electricity Minister Lo'ai Al-Khatteeb signed the agreement with the head of the GCC Interconnection Authority, Ahmad Ibrahim, on the sidelines of an energy conference held in Baghdad. "This is the first deal of its kind with the GCC," explained Al-Khatteeb. Iraq is also in separate talks with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey to import electricity.
"This first step will pave the way to discuss further and higher capacity projects," the minister added, "not only to supply Baghdad and northern Iraq but also as a pathway to other countries."