Expanding sustainable power sources in the GCC

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Published December 7th, 2011 - 06:32 GMT
A.T. Kearney
A.T. Kearney

For every megawatt-hour of power not supplied to key industries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) approximately US$700,000 is lost in revenue, with a corresponding drop in GDP. GCC countries face the challenge of planning immediate capacity increases as well as building sustainable power sources to meet soaring power needs. Developing renewable power sources, grid expansion across neighbouring countries, unbundling processes and regulatory schemes will improve power generation capacity, according to A. T. Kearney, a global management consultancy. 

Demand will continue to grow over the next 20 years in the GCC as industrial and household usage ramps up. This is transforming demands placed on utility sectors across the region.   

Peak electricity demand in the GCC increased by more than 60 percent between 2003 and 2009 - usage rose from 47 gigawatts (GWp) to 77 GWp. The forecast for 2030 represents a compound annual growth rate of 7 per­cent per year. This forecast compares to a global rate of 1.8 percent per year, placing the GCC alongside countries with one of the highest power demand growth rates in the world. 

Electricity generation in the GCC, which is predominantly oil and gas based, is straining fossil fuel reserves, shortening their duration and contributing to an already high CO2 footprint. In addition, using oil or gas as the primary source for domestic electricity consumption manifests a lost opportunity in monetising the export of oil and gas and their derivatives. 

“Adding new conventional capacity is the typical approach. However, given consumption of fossil resources in power generation is not economically sustainable; this is not a long-term solution,” said Louis Besland, partner at A.T. Kearney Middle East. 

According to the A. T. Kearney study, inconsistent distribution is affecting the region’s ability to meet rising demand for electricity. While there is no shortage of power on an aggregate level in the region, at a granular level pockets of over-capacity currently exist. This is the case in Saudi Arabia and within parts of the UAE, such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while Sharjah suffers from electricity shortages. Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain all experience power shortages at times of peak demand. Qatar has solved the problem by building additional combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) capacity in an impressively short period of time.   

José A. Alberich, partner at A.T. Kearney Middle East explained further, “The imbalances will be solved with interconnection capacity developments. Grid interconnection improves reliability, reserves pool­ing, load factors, and modulation capacity through interconnecting systems that have different load profiles and generation mixes. Improving inter­connection across borders brings transparency in the contracting and use of the capacity available, and yields additional benefits from harmonising technical procedures and balancing regimes.” 

GCC countries have initiated steps towards an integrated Gulf grid to allow electricity exchange among the various nodes of the network with other neighbouring countries, and further developments are in the pipeline. 

Increasing pressure to comply with international environmental stan­dards aimed at reducing carbon emission foot­prints, to which the GCC will be subject to comply given its membership to the World Trade Organization, will only strengthen the focus on clean-tech and renewables-based power generation.

By 2020 solar photovoltaic is projected to become a highly competitive source of electricity compared to all peak demand technologies, and by 2030 is likely to outperform all other power generation technologies, according to a study by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with A. T Kearney. 

Given the GCC region has an obvious solar energy capacity advantage over western countries, A.T. Kearney expects that solar energy will increasingly become part of the regional energy mix, enabling the region to fulfill the soaring power needs needed to fuel economic development and private household demand. 

“Faster migration and expanding renewable sources of generation capacity needed in the years ahead can contribute significantly to solving the problem of scarcity of natural gas and improve the carbon footprint. Governments and companies in other countries have already made the investment to bring solar technologies to an industrial level with utility scale installa­tions, and the GCC countries can benefit from this,” concluded Alberich.

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A.T. Kearney

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نتنياهو يكشف أنه أوصى بنصب علم إسرائيل على سطح القمر

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كشف رئيس وزراء إسرائيل، بنيامين نتيناهو أنه أوصى فريق تحليق مركبة "بيريشيت" القمرية، بنصب علم إسرائيل المكتوب عليه "فليحيا شعب إسرائيل"على سطح القمر عند وصول هذه المركبة إليه.

وقال نتنياهو:نحن بلد صغير، ولكنه ضخم في المبادرات، ضخم في قدرته على فعل الأشياء، وضخم في الإنجازات، هناك 4 بلدان أطلقت مركباتها الفضائية إلى القمر، من بينها بلد أكبر منا بـ 800 مرة ، وآخر أكبر منا بـ 500 مرة، وآخر أقل قليلا، فنحن بلد صغير الحجم، وما يحدث الآن يشهد فقط على البداية، هذه ليست سوى البداية".

وفي حال وصول هذه المركبة (العربة) إلى القمر، ستكون إسرائيل رابع دولة في التاريخ تهبط على سطح القمر، بعد الولايات المتحدة وروسيا والصين.

وبعد إطلاق المركبة القمرية الإسرائيلية، قال رئيس الوزراء نتنياهو للحاضرين: "كل واحد منكم مثلي، سيتذكر هذا الحدث، لأنه يحدث مرة واحدة في العمر، والوقود الحقيقي لهذه العربة الفضائية هو الجرأة الإسرائيلية والعبقرية الإسرائيلية، هناك العديد من العباقرة الجريئين هنا".

واختتم حديثه: "مساهمتنا واسعة، بغض النظر عن صغر حجمنا، نحن عمالقة وسنلتقي في 11 أبريل وأتمنى أن نكون قادرين على الاحتفال بالهبوط الآمن لـ "بيريشيت"(سفر التكوين).

وتواجد نتنياهو وزوجته، في غرفة التحكم الجوية الإسرائيلية، لكي يشهدا (من خلال جسر تلفزيوني) عملية إطلاق العربة (المسبار) "بيريشيت" من كيب كانافيرال بولاية فلوريدا، والتي من المتوقع أن تهبط على القمر في 11 أبريل المقبل.

وألقى نتنياهو كلمة قبل الإطلاق، جاء فيها: "هذا الحدث يشهد على البطولة الإسرائيلية، وهناك شيء رائع يحدث هنا، وبينما هذه خطوة كبيرة لإسرائيل، فهي خطوة كبيرة للتكنولوجيا الإسرائيلية".

وواصل رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي: "قبل عدة ساعات، قلت إن دولة إسرائيل هي قوة عالمية صاعدة إلى القمر، هذا إنجاز عظيم ومؤثر للغاية، فهو يوضح ما نحن قادرون عليه، بفضل الناس هنا، والأشخاص الموجودين هنا خلفي (في غرفة التحكم) بما في ذلك العلماء والمهندسين والفيزيائيين والرياضيين والمديرين والمانحين".


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