Oman power demand sets record, exceeds generating capacity
By staff - Mon May 23, 12:48 pm
Oman’s electricity demand reached a record 3,900 megawatts on 22/05/2011.Oman’s electricity demand reached a record 3,900 megawatts on Saturday and exceeded the country’s power-generating capacity, the executive director of the authority for electricity regulation said.
Domestic power consumption in the Arab Peninsula nation was 10 percent greater than last year, John Cunneen said at a conference in the Omani capital, Muscat. The country is meeting the additional demand partly by using reserve diesel generators, and it may seek to import power this summer, he said today.
“We don’t expect blackouts” during the summer, Cunneen said. “We are expecting to meet electricity generation demand even at these record levels.”
Oman’s installed generating capacity, not including temporary diesel generators, is about 3,700 megawatts, Qais Saud al Zakwani, the authority’s deputy executive director, said at the conference. Demand yesterday exceeded this installed capacity by 5.4 percent, according to Cunneen’s figures.
Cunneen said Oman plans to add 700 megawatts of capacity by the summer of 2012, with the start of the first phases of the Baka 3 and Sohar 2 power plants.