Bahrain to Award Work for First Renewable Power Plants

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- Bahrain plans to award a contract to build a 5-megawatt renewable energy pilot plant by end of this year, the first work of its kind by the nation to assess new ways for generating electricity.

The Island-nation shortlisted a group of companies to build the project, and it’s in the final stage of choosing a winner, Adnan Fakhro, deputy chief executive officer for Electricity and Water Authority, said in an interview in Manama.

The project will provide 3 megawatts of power from solar photovoltaic technology and 2 megawatts from wind turbines, he said. It will be financed from internal resources.

“This is just a small project, and we want to test our renewable abilities with it,” he said. “After this project, we will be able to know how can we expand.”

Bahrain gets about 83 percent of its energy from natural gas and the rest from oil, according to rankings by the International Renewable Energy Agency. It said the country had no renewable power projects.

The government is working on a 25-megawatt waste-to-energy power plant, according to the agency.

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