The Sultanate is rapidly evolving into one of the region’s most energy hungry countries, with the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) announcing that Oman’s power demand is showing an annual growth of 11 per cent – 2 per cent higher than that of the UAE.
The report shows that the numbers are up from recent years, further asserting the need to switch from fossil fuels to alternative renewable energy resources.
The PAEW addressed this, and many issues concerning supply and demand of water and disposal of waste water, at the third edition of the Oman Energy and Water Exhibition and Conference, which was held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) on Monday
Addressing local media, Dr Ali al Ghafri, the chairman assistant for international relations and media at PAEW, said: “As energy, water and drainage sectors play a vital role in the country’s development, it is an obligation to promote them to keep abreast with the constant economic and constructional expansion.”
He also pointed out that Oman was working hard to keep up with the country’s energy demands.
“The number of implemented as well as assigned projects from 2012 to 2019 stands at 12 projects at a cost of RO3 billion. Four projects are currently being executed by the private sector in Musandam, Salalah, Ibri and Suhar with a total capacity of 3,784 megawatts,” he said.
Al Ghafri added that 98 per cent of urban areas were now covered by power supply as production capacity reached 8,000 megawatts by the end of 2016.
Meanwhile, the PAEW also highlighted that demand for water was growing rapidly at 10 per cent annually.
“The current water desalination capacity in the country was 1.15 million cubic metres per day and annual demand growth was estimated to be 10 per cent,” al Ghafri said in his speech.
However, he said that an additional 764,000 cubic metres per day capacity would be added between 2018 and 2020.