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    Energy consumption in the United Arab Emirates is growing at an average rate of 10% per annum, more than double the global average of just 4%. Power consumption rose last year by 15%.

    Facts
    • Abu Dhabi power demand is set to increase by 80% by 2012
    • The number of electricity consumers in the UAE rose by 19% last year
    • Energy consumption in the UAE is forecast to triple by 2020
    • Arab nations are to spend over US$120 billion on new power projects between 2008- 2012
    • Private sector companies are now able to construct power generation and water desalination facilities in the UAE

    GCC to invest $100 billion in power sector

  • Spurred by a buoyant economy and population growth, the GCC countries will invest $100 billion to generate 100,000 MW of additional power over the next 10 years to meet demand. According to the World Energy Council, the region will also require additional investments in water desalination projects. The UAE will account for a major share of the new investment in power and water desalination projects, with Dubai alone poised to spend Dh50 billion to almost double its power generating capacity to 9,500 MW.

    Recently, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) unveiled its new Dh6.3 billion 1,300 MW power and desalination project in Jebel Ali, and said it would be adding 4,500 MW of power generation capacity to its existing 5,000 MW by 2010. According to Dewa officials, in tandem with Dubai's exponential growth, the rise in demand for electricity and water services reached record levels, possibly the highest worldwide. Power consumption grew 15.2 per cent in 2006, and this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Similarly, demand for water also rose by 12.4 per cent during 2006.

    Glenn Ensor, Director of Power-Gen Middle East, a conference and exhibition for the power generation, transmission & distribution and water industries, said five per cent of the world's population lives in the Middle East, but the region possesses only one per cent of the renewable water resources of this planet. "It is estimated that $100 billion will be invested in Middle East water and desalination projects over the next 10 years. As water becomes an increasingly precious resource, issues of water quality, quantity, management and planning are essential to the future of the regions population," he said.