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A special look at Kuwait: How renewable energy can serve as a compliment to the oil & gas industry


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Considering growing energy demand and the increasing cost of fossil fuels, many countries have felt the pinch and are either looking into alternative energy options or using them already. One of these countries includes the big oil producer Kuwait. Kuwait has joined a club of renewable energy promoters and recently began shifting its focus to renewable energies for the purpose of reducing the country’s environmental burden and increasing the fossil fuels available for export. This practice is becoming a new trend for oil and gas producers in the region. The Kuwaiti Petroleum Institute entered into an agreement with the Kuwaiti Research Institute to develop a practical plan for the use of renewable energy in the petroleum industry. The agreement presents phase two in the promotion of renewable energy in Kuwait.

The project of renewable energy use, undertaken by the Kuwaiti Research Institute and Kuwaiti Petroleum Institute, is being executed in three locations: the Kuwait Oil Company complex, a fuel station of the National Petroleum Company located in western Kuwait, and the gas plant in Mina Abdullah.  The current projects are pilot projects to test the use of solar energy in big industries, such as the petroleum industry, and will soon be followed by an expansion to more locations and more industries.

The success of the solar project is a win for Kuwaiti government policy, which aims to reduce domestic use of conventional energy by substituting it with renewables, and thus leave more oil and gas for export. The benefits are abundant: renewable energy in Kuwait is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and economically beneficial since more fuel will be available for export.

Overall, Kuwait believes that renewable energies are the future, providing an immediate environmental benefit as well as economic benefits in the long run.

With this example in mind, it’s becoming clearer that renewable energy in general, and solar energy specifically, don’t necessarily have to be substitutes for oil, but rather complements to it.

Kuwaiti representatives have acknowledged, however, that the use of natural gas is expected to increase in the near future and that it could be a clean energy alternative to oil.

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Customer comments

  1. By Manuel Andrade on

    As Consultant Engineer at the last years I have study about alternative Energies. I am very glad to know ENHESA Company

  2. By saijau Kodumudi on

    Jayaraman, It is a good move by Kuwait.with solar energy available in Kuwait in plenty,they can maximum benefit and density of green house will also come down making living comfortable.When countries with sunlight for few months are going in for solar, Kuwait is better placed and the cost of Solar Power installation is also comming down.