This move comes amidst the increasing penetration of variable renewable energy (RE) in India’s electricity mix, which touched 10.4 per cent in Q3 FY 2023. Once built, the linkage would add to other RE-specific international interconnections, such as the under-construction Viking Link between the UK and Denmark. Most significantly, it will be a significant step towards the One World, One Sun, One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative put forth by India.
Will the next move be eastward? Both synchronous and asynchronous grid linkages already exist between India and some neighbouring countries. But expanding further east could place India at the centre of a grid that connects the oil-rich Gulf states with the dynamic, fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia.