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Thu 7 May 2009 07:40 AM

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Qatar sees large increase in 2009 power demand

Electricity and water consumption rises sharply in Gulf state during first two months.

Consumption of water and electricity in Qatar has grown significantly since the beginning of this year, a senior official has revealed.

In the first two months of 2009, demand for electricity grew by an average of 15 percent compared to the same period last year while consumption of water rose by an average of 20 percent.

Eisa Hilal Al Kuwari, director of the electricity network of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) attributed the rise to a rapid expansion of the distribution network.

As a result of this, the number of people relying on water tankers has dropped drastically, he said in comments published by The Peninsula on Thursday.

Kahramaa officials also said they had prepared an action plan for the summer months to reduce power disruptions to a minimum.

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