By Daniel Shane
Gulf state hopes clean energy will contribute 15 percent of energy production by 2030
Kuwait has invited bids to build a clean energy park capable of generating 70 megawatts of electricity by 2016.
The 100sqkm Shagaya project, which is located 100km west of Kuwait City, is the first phase of the oil-rich Gulf state’s plan to produce 2,000 megawatts of energy by 2030.
Salem Al-Hajraf, head of energy research at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, said that 37 consortia out of 107 had pre-qualified for the bid.
He said that 50 megawatts would be generated from solar thermal sources and an additional 20 from wind and photovoltaic power.
Kuwait, which pumps about 3m barrels of oil per day, hopes that clean energy sources will contribute about 15 percent of its power production by 2030. The OPEC member currently uses about 126m barrels of oil annually on generating electricity to serve domestic consumption.For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.