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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)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|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|