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New Agreement Between Edison Electric Institute and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority Focuses on Ways to Expand Energy Infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf Region
WASHINGTON (February 13, 2017) – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) have signed an agreement to foster collaborative discussions on developing smarter energy infrastructure and integrating renewable energy sources within the GCCIA region, which include the states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Joint activities will include a co-hosted conference in 2017. 

“This is a tremendous opportunity to open new avenues of collaboration with our partners in the Arabian Gulf on some of the most pressing and exciting issues facing the electric power industry worldwide,” said EEI Vice President of International Programs Lawrence Jones. “We look forward to working with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority to help develop a robust conversation around smarter energy infrastructure in the region.”

The Arabian Gulf region is facing a period of rapid transformation in its energy infrastructure. Several new renewable and nuclear power plants are under construction, and GCCIA members collectively plan to invest more than $150 billion in energy infrastructure over the coming decade, making high-level, focused dialogue among stakeholders increasingly critical.

“As part of its long-term strategy, GCCIA aims to expand its line of business by seeking out other business opportunities in the power sector. This agreement with EEI is considered to be one of the initiatives that will help GCCIA achieve its goals,” said Eng. Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer of GCCIA.

EEI and GCCIA are working on co-organizing future events to further their collaboration, including an executive roundtable in Bahrain in May 2017 and a meeting in March 2018.




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