Abdullah discusses clean energy with Oman

Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 08:58

Dubai: Oman has begun discussions with
India for co-operation in renewable energy sector, Renewable
Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said in Muscat.

"Though no memorandum of understanding has been
signed, discussions with the Sultanate have been fruitful.
This has resulted in both of us preparing blue paper. Now we
will study it and take it forward," a newspaper of Oman quoted him
as saying yesterday.

Abdullah was in Muscat after attending a meeting of
energy ministers during the third World Future Energy Summit
at Abu Dhabi.

In Oman, Abdullah held talks with minister of
commerce and industry Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan and discussed
recent developments in Oman in the field of renewable energy.

A consortium was recently selected to advise the
government of Oman on the development of the Sultanate`s first
renewable energy project.

"We also want private enterprises to play a bigger
role and the government acting merely as a facilitator," he
said.

Wind energy, with an average growth rate of 30
percent, is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in
the world and India, with an installed capacity of more than
10,891 mega watts, occupied the fifth place in the world
in generation of the same after USA, Germany, Spain, and China
as of October, Anil Wadhwa, Indian ambassador to the Sultanate
said.

A pilot solar power project is expected to have a
capacity of between 50 and 200 mega watts.

The consultants will shortlist the possible locations
for the projects, make recommendations about the optimum size
of the plant and assess the current market conditions for a
privately financed solar power project.

"There is an enormous scope of cooperation between
Oman and India to achieve technological advancement in this
area," he said.

The minister`s team will to explore business avenues
and investment opportunities in the field of non conventional
and renewable energy.

He also urged private sector participation in the
area while discussing the cost-effective developments in solar
technology prices by Indian firms.

The latter was considered to be a potential
alternative for an electricity infrastructure comprising of a
network of local-grid clusters with distributed electricity
generation.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 08:58

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