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Egypt — Transmission Grids

"Work is continuing on the linkage of Egypt's electricity network with other countries in the region, including a $239-million link with Jordan which was completed in October 1998.

The first phase of a Five-Country interconnection of Egypt's system with those of Jordan, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq is scheduled to be completed by 2002. Egypt also activated a link to Libya's electric grid in December 1999.

Other interconnections with Egypt's electricity network are being studied, including an Arab East (Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) interconnection, as well as one with Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority. Saudi Arabia and its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council are building their own unified power grid, which they hope to integrate later into a wider Arab network.

The Arab Maghreb and the Five-Country interconnections will help form an even larger system interconnection, the Mediterranean Power Pool (MPP), which will link the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. The anticipated completion date of the MPP is 2015."

Nov 2000

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