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The Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) of Bahrain is looking to award a consultancy contract for its first renewables power generation project in January, with a view to tender for the construction contract by mid-2011, or in the third quarter.
“We are bringing in an international consultant, and we’ve got quite a good number at the tendering stage. We feel that the award will be in January. The consultant needs at least six months to prepare the document, so we are expecting to tender for a contractor to build it by mid-2011 or Q3 next year,” said Dr. Abdulmajeed Ali Alawadhi, EWA’s chief executive officer.
The plant will combine both solar power and wind power, and have a generation capacity of between three and five MW, revealed the CEO.
This project marks a first step towards Bahrain’s efforts to produce five percent of its energy from renewable sources, according to Alawadhi.
“We have a 2030 target, we would like to be like developed countries that have a minimum of five percent for the production of renewables,” he told Utilities Middle East.
Bahrain has already undertaken pilot projects in the field of renewable energy, hoisting a wind turbine onto an oil rig at a height of 50 metres to test the viability of wind power off the shores of the island kingdom. One of its highways is lit by solar powered street lights.
To push forward the renewables agenda, EWA is heading a committee including representatives from national oil company BAPCO, the Ministry of Industy, aluminium producer Alba and the country’s university.