Qatar Power Demand Tops 7GW; QEWC Advances 2.5GW Plant

Qatar’s peak electricity demand exceeded 7GW for the first time in August. However, state generator QEWC aims to beat consumption growth with the first of two large plants ready to enter construction.

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) says that the emirate’s electricity demand has set a series of records this summer. Peak load hit a record of 6.89GW in June, before rising to 6.99GW in July and 7.07GW in August.

Kahramaa identifies high temperatures during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr as factors behind this summer’s consumption peak. Kahramaa says the new peak is almost 5% higher than the 2014 high of 6.74GW, and was achieved without an increase in electricity network faults. The state utility says that Qatar’s peak electricity load has increased by 8.5% a year during 2010-14. Qatar can currently generate 8.63GW of electricity, a level which peak demand could exceed in five years at a 5% annual growth rate. (CONTINUED - 800 WORDS)