Qatar to boost power generation capacity by 50% within two years

Qatar’s power generation capacity is expected to increase by 50% during the next two years

Representational image.
Representational image.

Qatar’s power generation capacity is projected to increase by 50% in the next two years with plans in place to increase the country’s power capacity to 13.1 GW by 2018.

Experts estimate that Qatar will need to invest $9bn (QAR32.8bn) between 2016 and 2020 in order to achieve its overall energy goals.

With the completion of ongoing projects, including the Umm Al Houl plant, Qatar's estimated installed capacity is expected to exceed 11,000MW of electricity and 490MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) of water by the end of 2018, according to Ventures Onsite's GCC Power Market report.

Qatar’s current capacity is 8.8GW and demand is around 8.2GW.

At present, the country's power supply is complemented by five plants and three satellite stations in and around Doha.

Qatar is expected to witness peak demand for utilities in the run-up to the 2020 FIFA World Cup.

The energy sector has been a major target for investment by the Qatari government officials, with plans to invest $22bn (QAR80.1) in its power and water infrastructure by 2020.

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