Project Aim

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries do not yet have an integrated electricity and water system.  Market integration can impact technology investments, fuel consumption, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  This project adopts a regional view of the power and water sectors to evaluate potential impacts of regional integration. This project seeks to answer the following research questions:

Key questions

  • To what extent are existing fuel subsidies a key obstacle to regional integration?
  • What are the potential economic costs and benefits of an integrated GCC electricity system?
  • How would integration affect the development of national and regional electricity systems in the short- and medium-term?
  • What spillover effects to non-power and water sectors could occur from regional integration (e.g., natural gas utilization)?
  • What impacts does regional integration have on CO2 emissions?


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