Abu Dhabi – Mubasher: The Middle East region’s energy needs are planned to extend to 483 gigawatts (GWs) by 2030, compared to 277 GWs in 2016, according to a report released by German conglomerate Siemens.
The use of renewable energy is projected to surge to 100 GWs in 2035, which would account for 20.6% of the energy needs, the report found.
However, natural gas will remain the main fuel for power plants in the region and could be used in 60% of the plants until 2035, while solar energy is planned to add up to 61 GWs by 2035 Siemens’ data showed.
While economic diversification and population growth are in progress, the energy demand in the Middle East may increase by 3.3% yearly, which should urge competent authorities to enhance the efficiency of natural gas-fueled power plants, the report revealed.
“Challenges in the Middle East remain affordability, sustainability, efficiency and energy security and, therefore, diversification and new technologies in the power sector will become increasingly prevalent,” the Germany-based company concluded.