India’s plan to connect electricity system to Saudi Arabia and UAE via undersea cables

India plans to link its electricity system to Saudi Arabia and the UAE via undersea cables to enhance energy access and security. The initiative is part of the One Sun, One World, One Grid project, with ministerial notes being circulated for inter-ministerial feedback. Once approved by the Cabinet, agreements with the countries will be finalized, with the India-UAE connection close to completion.

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According to local media, India intends to connect its electricity system to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via undersea cables.

To increase access to dependable energy and boost energy security in the nation, the Ministry of Energy of India has disseminated ministerial notes for inter-ministerial comment. Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, told the reporters that after the Cabinet approves the plan, the bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia and the UAE projects will be signed. In addition, the interconnection with Saudi Arabia is being evaluated. ‘The India-UAE agreement is in its final stages’, said the minister.

As part of the One Sun, One World, One Grid project, India and the UAE declared in January 2023 that they would explore the viability of joining their power grids through undersea cables.