Qatar plans to set up an electricity plant with a capacity of up to 5000 MW by 2016 to meet rising demand, said a senior official of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC).
“At this stage, there are plans to build a power plant to be used from 2016 onwards that is able to supply between 3000 and 5000 MW, or three to four years’ requirement,” said QEWC’s managing director Fahad Al Mohannadi, who was attending the POWER-GEN Middle East conference and exhibition in Doha. Work on the plant is expected to begin by 2013, reported Gulf Daily News.
Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, has budgeted 15bn riyals ($4.1bn) to spend over the next three years on electricity and water projects.
“We have a power surplus, even taking into consideration the growth of the country’s population and economy. We sent power to Bahrain a month ago, and we have sent it to Kuwait in the past. Power exchange is happening regularly.”
“We have surplus power and are ready to supply other Gulf Arab countries whenever needed,” Mohannadi said.
The Gulf state’s generation capacity is 7600 MW and is set to increase to 8800 MW by 2011. Demand is about 5100 MW, and could grow to 8500 MW by 2015, according to state-run utility QEWC.