Bahrain’s Proposed Energy Agency to Have Green Power Focus

An energy agency that would focus on green power in coalition with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will soon be a reality in the island Kingdom of Bahrain. According to the country’s Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, the ‘super agency’ would work on energy conservation and will target on renewable energy and conservation.

It will also be used to tap solar and wind energy, opined the minister. Dr Mirza confirmed that a study to set up an Energy Agency inBahrainin co-operation with the UNDP has been completed.

The country’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) was also working with the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) to carry out projects on alternative energy resources, it was learnt.

Earlier reports fromBahrainhad said that NOGA confirmed its partnership with the UNDP to prepare a feasibility study on setting up an energy agency inBahrain.

The UN had aimed at promoting and implementing sustainable human resources strategies and programs through this project.

Thus, the super agency will function as a single window that will work on energy conservation and will be associated with the UNDP, explained the minister.

Dr Mirza also highlighted the there was an energy conservation committee in the Kingdom, functional since the past five years, which has helped saved a lot of gas.

The UNDP has confirmed that it will supportBahrain’s priorities regarding human resources as part of the 2012-2016 action plan.

In yet another meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the European-Arab Development Company held recently, Dr Mirza discussed issues related to energy, where projects in the fields of alternative and renewable energy were reviewed.

Topics related to generating electricity from solar power and operating it according to the build-operate-transfer (BOT) contracts system, were specifically addressed.

In this context, Dr. Mirza expressed the kingdom’s readiness to cooperate and coordinate with specialized world companies in order to boost the energy sector in the kingdom.

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