A Saudi-Indian marine electrical interconnection project at a cost of $18 billion

A Saudi-Indian marine electrical interconnection project at a cost of $18 billion

Saudi Arabia and India are exploring a project to lay submarine cables to transmit electricity linking the Indian western coast with Saudi Arabia.

It is scheduled that the project to lay an undersea cable for an electricity network that includes South Asia and the Gulf countries is part of the agenda that will be discussed during the visit of the Saudi Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, to New Delhi on Friday, October 28, to prepare for the trip of the Saudi Prime Minister and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Salman to India in November.

It is possible that the UAE will join the project, whose capital costs may range between 15 and 18 billion dollars, according to estimates, however, these numbers are not final.

The Saudi ambassador to India extended the invitations to major conglomerates such as Tata Group, Reliance Industries Ltd, JSW, Sterlite Power, and Adani.

The distance between the coast of Gujarat (the port of Mundra in India) and the Emirate of Fujairah, across the Arabian Sea, is 1,600 km. Alternatively, the cable can also pass through Oman (1,200 km), with its deepest point being 3.5 km.

The plan is to have a bidirectional flow of energy in just 15 minutes.

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