Feasibility Study of Iran and Oman Grids Interconnection

Feasibility Study of Iran and Oman Grids Interconnection

Start Date: 2017

Finish Date: 2018

Location: Iran

Client: Tavanir and Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC)


Description: This work aims at exploring the impacts of the interconnection between Iran and Oman electric power systems upon some important aspects. Iran and Oman interconnection can be a fruitful project; because of the possibility for Iran grid to interconnecting GCC via Oman and also providing this chance for Oman grid to interconnecting overseas countries via Iran. Access to other markets will be an excellent opportunity from technical and economic point of view for both of Iran and Oman.

This project was defined to do five main tasks. Main Task I is data gathering and system modeling. At this stage, required data including technical, economic and financial data for modeling of Iranian and Omani grids are gathered. Moreover, in this phase, literature survey is carried out in order to review international experience and technical considerations of HVDC interconnection. In Main Task II, detailed economic studies will be done. This phase comprises of assessment of value drivers for Iran and Oman interconnection, estimation of investment costs, calculation of benefits, and measuring economic feasibility of alternatives.

In the third phase of the project, technical studies will be accomplished on both Iran and Oman grids in order to evaluate the impact of interconnection between these power systems. In this regard, the main studies which will be conducted are power flow analysis, contingency analysis, total transfer capability analysis, short circuit analysis, transient stability analysis and frequency stability analysis in 2023.

Task IV deals with route survey, environmental assessment and technology specification. The main objective of this phase is to develop an environmental feasibility study for the interconnection between Iran and Oman, considering alternative sea cable routes and selecting the more suitable one(s) from the environmental point of view.

In the final task, economic studies will be updated and operational agreement will be done on the commercial and financial aspects of the interconnection.