Power crunch

Power demand in the UAE will exceed generating capacity as early as next year, according to figures given to Utilities Middle East.
Power crunch
By Elizabeth Bains
Sun 01 Jun 2008 02:24 PM

Power demand in the UAE will exceed generating capacity as early as next year, according to figures given to Utilities Middle East.

The statistics obtained from the country's Ministry of Energy show electricity demand is projected to hit 18 593 MW in 2009, against a committed capacity of 17 500 MW.

But ministry officials when speaking to this magazine rejected suggestions that the emirates would suffer power shortages and blackouts, insisting instead that utility providers were doing their utmost to improve efficiency and reliability and to encourage consumers to use electricity more responsibly.

See the figures and read our exclusive interview with Abdullah Al Mutawa, director of the ministry's electricity department in the June edition of Utilities Middle East.

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