The countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) have established an interconnected power system network. The primary goal was to share the spinning reserve among the GCC power grids. The project considered the commercial use of the network by aiming to reduce the cost of power generation in the six GCC states while encouraging power trade in order to meet growing needs. The GCC interconnection authority proved its effectiveness and success when, after it was set up, the interconnection contributed in avoiding any partial or total blackout. This was done by passing supported power to any of the first phase connected states. After connecting the first phase of the project, none of the states were compelled to cut loads from their customers. Furthermore, the probability of having a blackout or power shortage has been reduced. The GCC's ambition did not stop at this point. The hope is to connect to neighboring power grids, which could potentially connect to the European Grid. The link, if it took place, would mean great commercial benefits, since peak load seasons in European countries are different from those in GCC countries. In this paper, a study includes an overview of the GCC interconnection, and its benefits are presented. This would emphasize the transfer capability in an interconnection, especially in Qatar, using PSSE program. Moreover, it considers maximizing this capability as a future need to transfer more power through the network. Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS) devices are proposed for such purpose. A thyristor controlled series capacitor (TCSC) is selected for enhancing the power capability. This includes an overview, design, and simulation using MATLAB/SIMULINK of TCSC controller.


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