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Oman power demand sets record, exceeds generating capacity

Domestic power consumption in Gulf Arab nation was 10% greater than last year, official says

Oman power demand sets record, exceeds generating capacity
Oman’s electricity demand reached a record 3,900 megawatts on Saturday (Getty Images)

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.

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