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Abu Dhabi's electricity demands to grow at faster pace this decade

On The Wires: Abu Dhabi's appetite for electricity is set to grow this year by 13 per cent, a government official has said.

Abu Dhabi's demand for electricity will rise an average of almost 13 per cent a year this decade, a rate that is one-third faster than the increase in power use in the last five years, a government official said.

Power demand will advance to 18,532 megawatts in 2015 from 8,563 megawatts last year, Keith Miller, director of planning and studies at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (Adwec), said today.

The figure includes exports from the emirate to other emirates.

Electricity use in Abu Dhabi and exports to other emirates will rise to 28,188 megawatts by 2020, Mr Miller said at MEED's Arabian Power and Water conference today.

Abu Dhabi plans to build a nuclear power plant, develop renewable energy resources and construct another conventional generator to expand electricity supply, Abdullah Saif al-Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, said at the conference yesterday.

Adwea, as the authority is known, is the government utility that owns Adwec, the company charged with buying power for use there.

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