Middle East energy consumption on the rise again
Qatar records highest increase in total energy consumption in 2011
The voluminous BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2012 has found that total 2011 energy consumption throughout the Middle East grew by 4.3% over 2010 consumption. The figures show that total energy consumption for last year stood at 747.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent, representing a 6.1% share of total energy consumption around the world.
Qatar has led the growth in demand, showing a 14.1% increase on last year’s figures – the highest percentage increase of all countries reviewed by BP. The country is currently undergoing an infrastructure boom as it copes with the demands of rapid population growth and preparations for the World Cup 2022. Saudi Arabia has also shown a substantial increase in consumption, up 7.4% on 2010’s figures. The Kingdom’s total energy consumption now stands at a huge 217.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent, second only to Iran in the Middle East region.
Both Kuwait (4.8% growth) and the UAE (4.2% increase) saw similar rises in consumption, whilst the remaining Middle East countries recorded a modest 1.5% growth.
Renewable energy sources represented only 0.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent across the region, a figure solely supported by Iran’s renewable power operations.