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GCC Power Market

Innovative and renewable resources to suit rapid growth in the GCC The GCC countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are witnessing a great rise in business, entertainment, tourism, education and other industries. Thus, power supply is becoming in more demand as time passes. According to the World Energy Council, the GCC will require 100 GW of additional power over the next 10 years to meet demand. The GCC power sector will require about US$ 50 billion of investment in new power generating capacity and US$ 20 billion in desalination.

According to the Kuwaiti Electricity and Water Ministry, there is an estimated 8 percent increase annually in demand of power supply. The UAE has enough gas to provide 20,000 - 25,000 MW of electricity, but peak power demand is forecast to climb to 33,400 MW by 2020. Dubai has both power and desalination capacity forecasted to triple in size to 16,000 MW and 800 million g/d by 2015. Oman uses 19.5 million m3 of gas per day for power generation and desalination.

This presents stakeholders with the challenge of finding and using innovative ways of power supply while keeping in mind issues of the environment and thus there is a rise in considering renewable resources.



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Main Sponsor

Ministry of Electricity & Water


Committee team

HE / Eng. Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim

Technical Committee Chairman and Representing the GCC CIGRE Board

Kingdom of Bahrain

HE / Eng. Kamel Abdul Samad Al Shehabi

Representing the GCC CIGRE Board

Kingdom of Bahrain

HE / Eng. Mohammed A. Al Muaili

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

HE / Eng. Abdul Aziz Al Hammadi

Secretary General of GCC CIGRE

State of Qatar

HE / Eng. Mutlaq Naif Al- Otaibi

Chairman of Study Committee No. (1)

State of Kuwait

Eng. Ahmed Abdullah Al Rahbi

Chairman of Study Committee No. (2)

Sultanate of Oman

Eng. Riyadh Al Umair

Chairman of Study Committee No. (3)

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Eng. Fadel Qraita T S Al Anzi

Chairman of Study Committee No. (4)

State of Qatar

HE / Dr. Salem Al-Harthi

Chairman of Study Committee No. (5)

United Arab Emirates

HE / Eng. Mohamed Al-Shaikh

Chairman of Study Committee No. (7)

Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr. Mohammad Al-Hamad

Chairman of Study Committee No. (8)

Kingdom of Bahrain

Eng. Hashim Al-Zahrani

Secretary of Technical Committee GCC CIGRE

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (TRANSCO)

Rep. Name : Dr. Salem Al Harthi

United Arab Emirates

Qatar General Electricity & Water "KAHRAMAA"

Rep. Name : Mr. Abdulrahman Al Baker


Ministry of Energy Electricity & Water UAE

Rep. Name : Eng. Fatima Al Shamsi

United Arab Emirates

GCC Interconnection Authority

Rep. Name : Eng. Ahmed Ali Al Ebrahim

Saudi Arabia

Oman Cables Industry

Rep. Name : Mr. Michelangelo Graziano