Power demand in Oman is set to grow by as much as 11 per cent annually in some areas of the country in the seven years to 2017, according to a report published by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Total power demand in Oman’s Main Interconnected System (MIS) and Salalah networks grew by approximately 13 per cent in 2009.

This growth was flat from 2008, but well above the historical average the report, which was released during the week ended 17 June, says.

OPWP’s has increased its demand forecast for the seven years to 2017 on the back of the sustained growth seen during the year.

The maximum power demand in the MIS is expected to grow from 3,424MW in 2009 to 6,043MW by 2016, an average increase of around 8.5 per cent.

n the Salalah system, the maximum demand is expected to grow from 297MW 2009 to 615MW by 2016, an average annual increase of around 11 per cent.

Meanwhile, demand for desalinated water in the regions covered by the MIS is expected to increase from 119 million m3 in 2009 to 272 million m3 by 2016.

Water demand in the Salalah area is expected to increase from 26 million m3 per year in 2009 to 49 million m3 per year in 2016, according to OPWP.