Electric Network Interconnection of Mashreq Arab Countries

(1994) Electric Network Interconnection of Mashreq Arab Countries. IEEE Power Engineering Review, 14 (12). pp. 26-28.

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Power system interconnection is a well established practice for a variety of technical and economical reasons.Several interconnected networks exist worldwide for a number of factors.Some of these networks cross international boundaries.This presentation discusses the future developments of the power systems of Mashreq Arab Countries (MAC).MAC consists of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.Mac power systems are operated by government or semigovernment bodies.Many of these countries have national or regional electric grids but are generally isolated from each other.With the exception of Saudi Arabia power systems, which employ 60 Hz, all other MAC utilities use 50 Hz frequency.Each country is served by one utility, except Saudi Arabia, which is served by four major utilities and some smaller utilities serving remote towns and small load centers.The major utilities are the Saudi Consolidated electric Company in the Eastern Province (SCECO East), SCECO Center, SCECO West, and SCECO South.These are the ones considered in this study.The energy resources in MAC are varied.Countries such as Egypt, Iraq, and Syria have significant hydro resources.The gulf countries and Iraq have abundant fossil fuel, The variation in energy resources as well as the characteristics of the electric load make it essential to look into interconnections beyond the national boundaries.Most of the existing or planned interconnections involve few power systems.A study involving 12 countries and over 20 utilities with different characteristics represents a very large scale undertaking.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electrical
Department: College of Engineering and Physics > Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Obaid-Ur-Rehman Khattak
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2008 07:08
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:25
URI: http://eprints.kfupm.edu.sa/id/eprint/800