The per capita power usage in Qatar has come down by 10.5 percent in the first half of this year, as the country looks for steps to reduce utilities, a new report has said.
As one of the world’s largest consumers of water and electricity on a per capita basis, Qatar is looking to reduce its utilities usage. However, with the demand for water likely to outstrip supply in the near future, the government is also taking steps to boost capacity, a report by Oxford Business Group said on Thursday.
Quoting a statement by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), the report said Kahramaa has been promoting conservation of resources, targeting a 20 percent and 35 percent reduction in electricity and water usage, respectively, by 2018.
The state utility’s efforts include building awareness of good practices and encouraging the use of energy efficient technology, the OBG report said.
Qatar is supplied by five utilities facilities: three independent water and power projects (IWPPs), one independent power project and one power plant owned by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), a public shareholding company in which the government holds a 43 percent share. QEWC is also part-owner of the IWPPs and IPP.
According to the CEO of Ras Girtas, Faisal Obaid Al Siddiqi, the IWPP model has worked well in Qatar and is one of the best examples of the government’s partnering with foreign investors. œTypically electricity and water utilities are either publicly or privately owned, both of which can be problematic. By working with the private sector, Qatar has been able to increase plant efficiency and lower costs, he told OBG.
Ras Girtas, which has been in operation since 2009, is the largest IWPP in the country