Bahrain generating 4000MW of power
Kingdom claims impressive electricity production surplus
Bahrain’s Minister for Electricity and Water Affairs, Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, has said that his country is currently producing 4000 MW of power, according to twentyfoursevennews.com. Speaking whilst visiting members of the Northern Municipal Council, Dr Mirza praised the efforts of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) for continuing to meet the power and water needs of the Northern Governorate.
The minister stated that electricity demand in Bahrain peaked at 2948 MW this year, whilst discussing the EWA’s plans to implement electricity production and distribution schemes.
This assertion of an electricity surplus has been made by Dr Mirza on other occasions, with the Minister previously reporting a surplus in late June whilst talking about the possibility of summer power cuts. The country was, at the time, forecasting a 12% increase in electricity demand for 2012.
Following the inauguration of the Al Dur Power and Water plant earlier this year – the US $2.1 billion project that boosted the country’s power capacity by 1,234 MW and desalinated water capacity by 218,000m3 per day – much of the recent news from Bahrain has focused on the Kingdom’s push into renewable energy. A 5 MW ‘smart solar’ project is currently underway – involving Petra Solar, BAPCO and NOGA – to supply the Awali township