ESB has been selected as part of a consortium to support the establishment of a clean-energy network between the EU and the Gulf Co-operation Council countries.

According to a statement, the network aims to promote greater technological and policy cooperation between the EU and the Gulf countries in the area of clean energy. 

Under the three-year framework agreement, Dublin-based ESB will head up an expert group on electricity interconnections and market integration.

This is one of five expert groups comprising academics, professionals and policy makers from the EU and GCC countries that will work together on a range of research and knowledge-sharing initiatives.

The areas covered by the Clean Energy Network include renewable energy sources; energy demand side management and energy efficiency; clean natural gas and related clean technologies; electricity interconnections and market integration; and carbon capture and storage.

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network is part of a wider initiative by the EU to establish a long-term strategic relationship with the GCC countries.