Peak power demand in Qatar rose 8.8 per cent in 2011 year on year, while water demand rose 5 per cent, according to figures issued at the Power Gen Middle East conference in Doha.

Speaking at the event, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) president, Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, predicted Qatar would require 2,250MW of power generation capacity between 2016 and 2020.

However, Qatar’s Minister for Energy & Industry, Dr Mohammed Saleh AI-Sada, said the country was well placed to meet its domestic power and water needs in the interim. “We have executed power and water projects and satisfied expanded demand for these services… Qatar has built up the largest power demand margin in the region,” he said.

“We will continue to invest in power and desalination in the coming decade.”