New green energy plans for Bahrain
Manama, October 16, 2012
A green power plant that relies solely on wind and solar energy is on the drawing board for Bahrain, a top official said.
Minister of State for Electricity and Water Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, announced plans for the project yesterday at the opening of the 2012 Renewable Energy Forum.
He said the project would be tendered out next year following a study by a German firm and was expected to generate five megawatts of power.
"In 2013, we hope that companies will begin bidding for the new plant that will be located near Al Dur power plant," he told our sister newspaper, the Gulf Daily News, on the sidelines of the event at Regency InterContinental Bahrain.
"The EWA (Electricity and Water Authority) hired a German company to do a study on solar and wind energy.”
"Those findings have led to plans for the new 5 MW power facility. It will not only be solar, it will be 3 MW solar and 2 MW wind."
He explained Bahrain needed to diversify its energy resources because it was currently too dependent on fossil fuels.
"Renewable energy is there every day and it will be there every day," he said.
"Oil will run out. Looking at energy renewal is a long-term project to sustain the energy demands of the country - it will benefit the people in the future."
Dr Mirza revealed the 5 MW pilot plant would be installed to primarily power Awali and could cost $25 million.
Experts from around the world are attending the forum, which concludes tomorrow.
They include scientists, high-ranking government officials, diplomats and leading businessmen from Bahrain and the region.
Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (BCSIES) chairman Dr Mohammad Abdulghaffar urged the experts present to plan for the future.
He said the renewable energy industry would benefit local business and create jobs.
"From a strategic perspective, renewable energy has the potential to provide significant opportunities for small and medium-sized industries and businesses and will create hundreds of new jobs," he said.
The forum also hosted the launch of a new book called Energy Security and Geopolitical Risks, authored by BCSIES head of studies and research Leheb Abdul Wahab.
"Energy security is a priority of decision-makers worldwide because of the demand for energy," said Wahab.
"This book is the very first one issued by the BCSIES and it is important because it examines the security concerns in the region, keeping in mind current trends and even the Iranian nuclear programme." – TradeArabia News Service