Electricity boosts UAE gas demand

Electricity generation is helping boost natural gas consumption in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Demand for natural gas in the northern emirates of the UAE is growing at a rate of 6-7%/year, with current demand standing at about 250 MMcfd.


DUBAI�Electricity generation is helping boost natural gas consumption in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Demand for natural gas in the northern emirates of the UAE is growing at a rate of 6-7%/year, with current demand standing at about 250 MMcfd.

"We have a gas distribution network and we supply to all power plants in the northern emirates, which have a total requirement of 250 MMcfd," said Mohammed Sahriff Alkaffa, gas operations manager of the Emirates General Petroleum Corp. (EMARAT). "We are now supplying between 60-70 MMcfd and the gas is sourced from Sharjah," he said in an interview published in Dubai's daily Gulf News.

For the remaining 180-190 MMcfd of gas, the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) uses liquid fuel equivalent, diesel, and heavy fuel oil as feedstock, he said.

FEWA is responsible for power generation and the distribution and production of desalinated water in the northern emirates.

Alkaffa said EMARAT was supplying natural gas to Sharjah, but BP has taken over this role. He hinted that his company was planning to play an active role in supplying natural gas to FEWA in the not-too-distant future.

"We see ourselves playing a bigger role and will work with those who bring in gas from either Oman, Abu Dhabi, or Qatar," he said.

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