The share of renewables in the Middle East energy mix is forecast to triple over the next 17 years — but natural gas will remain the dominant power source in the region.
That’s one of the key findings of a new report published this week by Siemens.
It predicts that by 2035 the Middle East will require a total of 483 GW of power generation capacity, an addition of 277 GW from 2016.
Within this total, the share of renewables is expected to more than triple from 5.6 percent (16.7 GW) in 2016 to 20.6 percent (100 GW) in 2035.
Solar power is expected to account for additions of around 61 GW by 2035, and the report highlights significant potential for wind power generation in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but notes that this potential is not entirely reflected in the moderate capacity additions expected.