Oman sees rise in water and electricity production

Oman sees rise in water and electricity production
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Published: 12 November 2018 - 3:53 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The Oman’s electricity and water production grew by 2.3 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively in the first eight months of current year as against the corresponding period, a year ago.

According to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the sultanate’s total electricity production till the end of August this year stood at 25,673.8GW per hour compared 25,091.6GW per hour in the same period last year.

Similarly, Oman’s water production also increased by 5.4 per cent to reach 277.7mn cubic meters (MCM) compared to 263.5MCM in the same period in 2017, NCSI data showed.

The total electricity production in the Governorates of Al Batinah and A’Dhahirah reached 13,514.5GW per hour, recording an average increase of 2.6 per cent over the same period in 2017, when the production was 13,176.8GW per hour.

‘The net figures are inclusive of purchases by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) and the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAEC) from local power generating entities, as well as output from auto-generators and diesel rental units’, said NCSI.

As per the NCSI data, Al Batinah and A’Dhahirah topped the list of governorates with the highest net increase in electricity production reaching 13,405.6GW per hour from 13,015.5GW per hour in 2017, thus adding another 390GW over previous year’s number.

‘The net electricity production in Muscat region stood at 2,705.8GW per hour till August this year, around ten per cent higher than previous year’s production of 2,454.3GW per hour in the corresponding period’, the NCSI data showed.

However, Dhofar region recorded a decline in the production of electricity, as the output there fell to 2,253GW per hour in the first eight months of 2018, down by five per cent from 2,370.7GW per hour in the same period last year.

The net electricity production in Al Wusta went up by 47.9 per cent to reach 406.6GW per hour compared to 274.9GW per hour in 2017. An increase in net electricity production of 15.1 per cent was also recorded in Musandam at the end of August 2018 to reach 290.6GW per hour against 252.5GW recorded in 2017.

Water production of the sultanate reached 277.70MCM, an increase of 5.4 per cent from the end of August 2017, when it was 263.57MCM, the NCSI data revealed.

In Muscat, the water production grew by 5.6 per cent to reach 123.79MCM in period under consideration compared to 117.27MCM in 2017. Water production also rose in the Governorate of Dhofar by 4.3 per cent until the end of August 2018 to reach 36.3MCM.


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