A Bahrain project calls for a submarine power cable from its mainland to connect to the Hawar Islands, which are an archipelago of desert islands situated off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Persian Gulf.
Per media reports, the 25-km power cable will run from Al Bar, the southernmost tip on the island of Bahrain, to north-western Hawar. The goal is to see Hawar get a permanent electricity grid rather than depend on temporary power generators.
Per an on-line posting by Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, a Bahraini deputy prime minister who heads the Ministerial Committee for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Work, the project is scheduled to start in the first half of next year and be completed in the last quarter of 2020. The Electricity and Water Authority has submitted a proposal about the route for the cable.
Bahrain said it was planning to develop sections of Hawar Island, in line with Bahrain’s National Economic Strategy for 2030. The electricity supply needs to be upgraded in order to sustain the development and to meet demands. The project is being funded by the Saudi Fund for Development.