Demand for power in Abu Dhabi is forecast to rise by almost 12 per cent a year from now until 2015, according to Saeed Nassouri, technical adviser at Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea).

Speaking at MEED’s Mena Power conference in Abu Dhabi, Nassouri said demand grew at an average rate of 9.4 per cent for the past five years in the emirate due to population growth and infrastructure development.

To meet this demand, approximately $18bn-worth of investment has been spent on Abu Dhabi’s independent power projects, with about 5,800 kilometres of transmission lines built.

As well as meeting the rising demand for power, Nassouri said Adwea is also focused on making the provision of power more efficient.

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