Bahrain's energy consumption up 12% this year
Energy Minister suggests electricity output is currently in surplus
Bahrain’s Energy Minister Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza has asserted that electricity consumption in the Kingdom is forecast to increase 12% on 2011 figures. Speaking with Bahrain’s Al Ayam, the Minister has said that the country is currently producing electricity at a surplus, but did not reject the possibility of power cuts over the summer months. He has stated that the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) is aiming to shorten the duration of any power outages.
Ali Mirza has also emphasised the need for power conservation and has suggested that the Ministry is looking at the possibility of imposing compulsory thermal insulation installation on new buildings, together with increased energy saving publicity campaigns.
The Minister states that Bahrain is currently looking at the possibilities offered by renewable energy, and revealed that a pilot project deal has been signed between the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) and a US solar energy provider.
Speaking on the privatisation of the power sector, the minister has stated that it has been largely successful, and reported that the private sector is now responsible for 80% of the total electricity production in the country.