Power production capacity to touch 13,000MW in two years
26 Sep 2016 - 10:36
By Mohammad Shoeb | The Peninsula
DOHA: Qatar’s power generating capacity is expected to receive a major boost in the next couple of years. The country’s installed power production capacity is set to increase by nearly 50 percent to 13,000 megawatt (MW) compared to the existing installed capacity, further bolstering the surplus capacity enjoyed by the energy-rich nation.
This was announced yesterday by Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi, Managing Director of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), the main producer of utilities in Qatar.
“Our existing capacity is around 8,800MW. By 2018 we will have an installed capacity of about 13,000MW.And with the completion of the upcoming Umm Al Houl power plant by 2018, which has the capacity of over 2,500MW, we will have about 11,000MW. And the future projects will add more capacity to meet the target of 13,000,” Al Mohannadi told reporters on the sidelines of an event held to celebrate the delivery of Siemens’ 1000th gas turbine, which is the fifth of six gas turbines for the Umm Al Houl plant.
“Actually our plan is to achieve 13,000MW by 2020. And this is part of our readiness for the upcoming mega event in 2022 (Fifa games). There will be another project to be developed between 2018 and 2020,” he added. The demand for electricity this year is expected to grow by 10 percent compared to last year. According to figures provided by Al Mohannadi earlier this year, the peak demand of electricity in 2015 was about 7,000 megawatt (MW).