This report by MEED Insight looks at the key opportunities and prospects for this sector in a challenging and competitive environment.

The GCC Power generation and desalination sector is facing a record capacity building programme over the coming decade. MEED forecasts that more than $135bn will be required by 2019 if rising demand is to be met and old infrastructure is to be replaced.

In view of the growing role of private developers, the biggest challenge for utilities may well be not building the capacity but securing the feedstock to fuel it. For with new gas allocations at a premium is much of the region, the GCC is increasingly turning to alternative energy the report states. The region’s first coal-fired power plant could be commissioned in Oman in 2015 and will be followed two years later by its first nuclear power station in the UAE. 


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MEED Insight’s latest research report aims to provide a comprehensive review of the power and water generation sector in the GCC since 2005 and assess the outlook for one of the region’s most dynamic sectors up to 2019. In addition to providing in-depth analysis on supply and demand, projected investment levels, the increasing role of the private sector and the search for alternative energy, the report gives a country-by-country assessment of the power and desalination sectors. 

This report is a comprehensive update of MEED’s Power & Water in the GCC report, which was first published in March 2008.  It has been based on face-to-face interviews with key players in the sector and supported by proprietary data complied by MEED and MEED Projects. It has been written by MEED’s senior staff writer Karin Maree and Research Director Angus Hindley.

Benefit from access to detailed insight into:

  • Market characteristics, challenges and opportunities
  • Procurement strategies and the project finance market
  • Feedstock availability and the push for alternative energy
  • Data on the private developer and EPC contracting market

The Power & Desalination report will enable you to:

  • Spend less time and investment on research
  • Gain insight on current and future prospects for this dynamic sector
  • Access unrivalled data, research and analysis


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About MEED Insight

Thanks to its own projects tracker, MEED Projects, MEED Insight has access to unparalleled, up-to-date information on the region’s projects market. We can provide companies with:

  • Details of all major projects within a given market or sector, including their scope
  • Contacts for clients, contractors and suppliers
  • Information on key clients and their tendering processes
  • Information on how to register with clients and prequalify for projects
  • Forecasting of future projects

Data analysis
MEED Insight has access to a wealth of regional data ranging from broad macroeconomic statistics to sector-specific information. We can obtain and analyse data on a specific market or industry to help companies gain an insight on market size and potential

Off-the-shelf reports

MEED Insight also offers a series of off-the-shelf reports on a range of different sectors and industries. The information compiled for these reports comes from a variety of sources, including MEED magazine,, MEED Events and MEED Projects, as well as primary and secondary research.

Our current off-the-shelf reports include:

  • GCC ICT Projects Outlook & Review
  • GCC Projects Forecast & Review 2010
  • Libya Power & Desalination
  • Middle East Steel 2009
  • Wastewater in the GCC
  • Middle East Cement 2009
  • MENA Mining 2009
  • MENA Aluminium 2009
  • GCC District Cooling
  • GCC Economic Outlook

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