Oman Sees Peak Power Demand Up 51% By 2023; Gas Fuel Crunch Looms

Oman aims to add 4GW of powergen capacity by 2023, a 51% hike. It is aiming for 24% efficiency savings at gas-fired plants. Despite this, a looming gas supply shortage is leading it to eye alternate fuels.

Oman state power and water utility OPWP plans to raise electricity generating capacity by 51% from 7.77GW at end-2016 to 11.7GW in 2023 to meet rising demand. The company’s latest seven-year plan, issued this week, sees peak power demand rising by 53% over the same period: from 6.52GW in 2016 to 9.96GW in 2023.

The sultanate’s power plants are almost entirely gas-fired, and OPWP sees demand for gas in power plants connected to Oman’s two main power grids – the Main Interconnected System (MIS) covering Muscat and northern Oman and the southern Dhofar grid – rising by 24% or 1.9bcm per year by 2023 (see table). (CONTINUED - 1189 WORDS)


table Oman Electricity: Demand & Capacity Projections (Gw, End-Yr)
chart 1: Oman Has Repeatedly Revised Down Projections For Peak Power Demand (Gw)…
chart 2: …And For Gas Fuel Requirements* (Bcm)
chart 3: Power Plant Efficiency (M³ Gas/Kwh): Early Gains Peter Out Post-2020
table Oman's Power Project Pipeline
chart 5: Share Of Capacity By Grid Operator: Mis, Dhofar To Remain Dominant