Abdullah discusses clean energy with Oman
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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.


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

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