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Oman holds seminar on renewable energy

Country exploring ways to develop wind and solar capacity.

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Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) on Sunday organised a seminar to explore ways of adding to the country’s renewable energy capacity.

PAEW, in collaboration with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will appoint a local consultant to study the potential for further developing the renewable sector.

Adnan Al Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), said that the Sultanate has the resources needed to develop renewable energy projects in solar and wind power.

The possibility of eventually installing rooftop solar in the country also came up for discussion at the workshop.

Like most of the GCC, Oman is just beginning to explore the potential for adding renewable power to its energy mix.

The latest initiative follows just weeks after the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) revealed it would build the country’s first wind power installation.

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar has agreed to develop a $125mn, 50MW project in in the southern Dhofar Governate.

Though Jordan is at an advanced stage with its wind energy program, this will be the first large-scale wind farm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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