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Local Consumption of Energy

Present report addresses the actual domestic consumption data of energy in major consuming sectors of the state, represented in the electricity and water sector, the oil sector, the transport sector, and the household sector in 2009 compared to 2008.

First: Total domestic consumption of energy:

  • Most of domestic consumption of energy was concentrated in the electricity and water sector accounting for about 50% of the total energy used in 2009, while the rest was distributed on other sectors, the oil sector by 30%, the transportation sector by 19%, and the household sector by 1 %.
  • The total domestic consumption of energy in 2009 was 536 (thousand b / d), an increase of 9% in 2008, which amounted to a consumption of about 491 (thousand b / d).
  • This increase has occurred because of the high consumption in the sector of the Ministry of Electricity and water by 4%, the oil sector by almost 22%, and the transportation sector by almost 5%.

The following is a breakdown of the total consumption of each sector with tables and illustrations.

Local Energy Consumption 2008
(000 B/D)
  2008 2009 % Change
1. MEW Sector      
Natural Gas 66.24 66.38 0.22
Crude Oil 24.19 55.04 127.55
Gas / Diesel Oil 18.83 29.70 57.71
H . Fuel Oil 152.34 121.37 -20.33
Total 261.60 272.49 4.16
2. Oil Sector *      
Refineries 35.41 34.12 -3.64
Petrochemicals 11.84 9.56 -19.26
Equate 26.52 37.33 40.76
Oil & Gas Production 41.60 41.44 -0.38
LPG Plant 11.31 14.11 24.76
PCIC-Petroleum Coke Ind 0.03 0.10 233.33
Others ** 3.75 22.64 503.73
Total 130.46 159.30 22.11
3. Transportation Sector      
Unleaded REG Gasoline ( 91 oct ) 17.35 16.66 -3.96
Unleaded SUP Gasoline ( 95 oct ) 37.26 39.44 5.86
Ultra super 0.56 0.77 37.11
Euro Mocas 0.001 0.002 137.86
Total Gasoline 55.17 56.88 3.09
Diesel 22.05 23.58 6.93
Euro Disel 0.0001 0.0005 576.85
ATK 14.75 16.56 12.25
Bitumen 2.33 2.23 -4.42
Total 94.30 99.24 5.23
4. Household Sector      
LPG 4.03 4.13 2.59
Kerosene 0.93 0.79 -15.02
Total 4.96 4.92 -0.71
Total Consumption 491.32 535.95 9.08

* N.Gas is the only fuel consumed in the oil sector.
** Others include Ahamadi domestic & by- passed to LG consumers.

Local Energy Consumption by sector (%)
Sectors 2008 2009
MEW 53 50
Oil 27 30
Transportation 19 19
Household 1 1
Total 100.00 100.00



Second: The sectoral consumption:

1. The electricity and water sector:

Consumption of this sector represents the bulk of energy use locally, accounted for about 50% of total energy consumed in 2009. The consumption of this sector includes natural gas, fuel oil, crude oil, and gas oil (diesel). The importance of this sector is due to the climatic factors and conditions in Kuwait, where the daylight hours in summer are peak hours. In 2009 there was an increase of about 4%, as consumption reached in 2008 about 262 (thousand b / d) increased to about 272 (thousand b / d) in 2009.

The consumption of natural gas increased by almost 1%, crude oil increased by almost 128%, and gas oil by 58%. On the other hand, there has been a decline in the consumption of heavy fuel oil by 20% (Ministry of Electricity and water depends mainly on natural gas, and its consumption of other fuels is to compensate for the shortage of gas, which varies from month to month depending on oil production, as accompanying gas).

2. The oil sector:

The consumption of this sector includes the production of crude oil and natural gas, refineries, production of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical activities and Equate plant. The oil sector is one of the major energy-consuming sectors locally after the electricity sector, where the percentage contribution to total energy consumed in 2009 is about 30%.

The consumption of the oil sector in 2009 has increased by almost 22% compared to 2008. Consumption in EQUATE increased by 41%, and consumption of liquefied petroleum gas plant by 25%, and other sectors and the coal plant.

On the other hand, there has been a decline in the refineries consumption by about 4%, and consumption of gas in the Petrochemical Industries Company by 19%, largely due to a shut down in the factory, and in the oil and gas production by approximately 1%.

3. The transport sector:

This sector includes energy used in the various types of transportation, whether public or private. The consumption includes the following oil derivatives: both types of gasoline premium and unleaded gasoline and the new Ultra super, diesel, and bitumen, in addition to aviation kerosene. The contribution of this sector to the total consumption in 2009 accounted for 19%.

Consumption by this sector rose by almost 5% in 2009 compared to 2008. It is noted a rise in the consumption of gas oil by 7%, and aviation kerosene by 12%, which reflects the natural increase in consumption.

Consumption of total gasoline types also increased by 3% (in spite of lower consumption of premium gasoline by about 4%, and higher consumption of unleaded gasoline by 6%, and Ultra Super gasoline by 37%, which was marketed at the end of 2002. The new gasoline Euro-Mogas has also been marketed in September 2008 in very small quantities).

On the other hand, bitumen consumption has dropped by 4%.

4. Household sector:

The consumption of this sector includes energy used in residential and government buildings in addition to commercial facilities of kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas. The contribution of this sector in 2009 is about 1%, noting that this percentage does not reflect the actual consumption of the domestic sector for failing to include consumption of electricity.

The consumption of this sector fell by 1% approximately for the period referred to. Kerosene consumption has decreased by 15%, while the consumption of liquefied petroleum gas rose by 3%.