Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
India and Saudi Arabia to Sign Pact to Connect Power Grids Under the Sea

India and Saudi Arabia to Sign Pact to Connect Power Grids Under the Sea

India and Saudi Arabia to Sign Pact to Connect Power Grids Under the Sea

Change in energy landscape: India and Saudi Arabia join hands for green energy revolution

In a significant step towards reshaping their traditional oil-centric ties, India and Saudi Arabia have embarked on a journey to establish a transformative energy partnership. This bold initiative aims to connect their electricity grids through an undersea interlink while promoting the development of renewable energy and green hydrogen capabilities.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed by India’s Minister for Renewable Energy RK Singh and his Saudi counterpart Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud. This historic agreement has the potential to redefine India’s energy position, transforming it from a net importer of Saudi oil and LPG to a significant energy exporter, specializing in green energy and hydrogen exports. Currently, Saudi Arabia is India’s third largest oil supplier and primary source of LPG.

The importance of this interrelationship cannot be underestimated. It represents one of the most ambitious and technically challenging projects in recent history, which will have far-reaching impacts on both economies. To put this in perspective, there are currently 485 undersea cables in operation globally, the longest being the 764 kilometer long Viking Link connecting Britain and Denmark.

Fulfilling the Vision of ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’

The initiative also aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary concept of ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid‘, which envisions a global network powered primarily by renewable energy. Once realized, this interconnection will become the first offshore link in this ambitious plan.

Pioneering Green Hydrogen Export

Apart from expanding renewable energy capacities, the partnership opens up opportunities for India to export green hydrogen to Saudi Arabia, thereby supporting the proposed economic corridor to Europe via the UAE. India aims to achieve 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen capacity by 2030, positioning itself as an important hub for the “fuel of the future”. This collaborative effort marks an important step towards a sustainable and interconnected energy future for both countries.

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