Demand for temporary power increasing

The demand for temporary power supplies in the Gulf region is increasing as the availability of grid power reaches critical levels

The demand for temporary power supplies in the Gulf region is increasing as the availability of grid power reaches critical levels.

The demand for electricity is outstripping available grid supplies and this is expected to increase at a rate of over 7% per year for the next five years. The need for secure power supplies on the region�s construction sites as well as completed buildings has seen a rise in the use of temporary power generation and standby generation sets.

“The security of power is now more important than ever,� comments Derek Shepherd, M.D. of Aggreko. In addition to large-scale construction in the region, consumer pressure is contributing to the issue.

“As consumers demand more electrical goods it is putting a huge strain on generation and power plants are becoming aged and being retired,� he added.

Speaking at a recent Power Security Conference in Dubai highlighting the problems, Shepherd noted: “The growth in power generating sets is set to continue due to the lag in the building of new power stations.�

“There are major challenges facing the power generation industry now and in the future,� added Helmut von Struve, regional head of service at Siemens, “The mega cities [being developed] need reliability of supply and redundancy in the system. The New York blackout in 2003 caused $6 billion of economic losses,� he warned.

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