Qatar is looking to export surplus power
Country?s generation capacity will soon stand at 9,000MW.
Qatar, holder the world’s third largest gas reserves, will soon raise its electricity generation capacity to 9,000 megawatts and may begin power exports once it gets a “serious offer,” Bloomberg quotes the country’s energy minister said.
The country will have a power surplus after the 2,730MW Ras Girtas plant is fully operational by next year, Energy Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al Attiyah said today. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Mesaieed Power Co’s US$2.3 billion, 2,000MW plant.
“Once we receive a real offer, Qatar will be ready to discuss exporting power, we haven’t received a serious offer,” said Al Attiyah.
Qatar notified Kuwait last year that it wasn’t able to supply electricity during the peak demand summer months, said Meshan al Otaibi, a spokesman at Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water, said July 7.
Qatar is studying power projects for after 2014 and has enough gas to fuel them even without lifting the moratorium on its North Field, the world’s largest gas reservoir, al Attiyah said.
Qatar is awaiting a decision on building a power plant in the sultanate of Oman, he said.
The Mesaieed power plant is a venture between state controlled Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Electricity & Water Co, Marubeni Corp, and Chubu Electric Power Co.