Bahrain solar energy project on track
Manama, April 17, 2013
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) said nearly 21,000 solar panels, covering an estimated 34,000 sq m, have been installed, marking a key step in the solar energy pilot project.
Currently under implementation, the project will see five megawatts (MW) of electricity being generated through solar power, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The project is a collaboration involving the National Oil and Gas Authority, Bapco, the Electricity and Water Authority and the University of Bahrain.
A technical team has been assigned to manage and implement the project.
A $25,000 engineering, procurement and construction contract was awarded to US-firm Petra Solar.
The contract entails engineering design, provision of all materials and equipment, as well as the construction and installation of solar energy systems.
Bapco's technical team has contributed to the project in a big way by preparing engineering and technical specifications, reviewing all engineering designs and overseeing the implementation of the project in Awali, the refinery and the University of Bahrain, where a solar field was created with a capacity of 500 kilowatts.
Besides being a demonstrator in the drive to generate clean energy, the project will contribute to the creation of renewable energy industries in the foreseeable future, which will in turn contribute to the creation of jobs and new industries in the market and to the reduction of national expenditure on energy.
The project demonstrates Bahrain's commitment to solve the challenges of energy security, climate change, and economic development through global partnerships and collaboration.
The kingdom is the first in the Gulf to implement a project of this kind, demonstrating a serious commitment to long-term solutions.-TradeArabia News Service