Within the Gulf Co-Operation Council Countries (GCCC), there is no abundant supply of cheap energy as many think. The sustainability of the energy systems in the GCCC is questionable. Energy problems are expected to appear in the years to come due to rapidly growing energy demands, including electric power (EP) generation. The demands can consume full production of fuel in most of the GCCC within a few decades if the current pattern of consumption prevails. Electric power needs natural gas and all of the GCCC, except Qatar, are in short supply of NG, and have to import it to run their power plants. NG is much cheaper and less harmful to the environment than the heavy oil extensively used in some of the GCCC countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Introducing renewable energy, or nuclear energy, is a necessity for the GCCC to keep the flow of their main income obtained from selling the oil.


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  • Received: 05 February 2012
  • Accepted: 12 March 2012
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