Muscat: A workshop on the output of energy laboratories was organised on Monday by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (Diam) in cooperation with the Implementation and Follow-up Support Unit at the Ministry of Tourism.
The workshop reviewed the most important outputs of the laboratories that will be followed up and supported by a steering committee that includes several governmental and private sector entities supported by the Implementation and Follow-up Support Unit.
The energy laboratories have come up with several initiatives and projects and discussed three main themes throughout the period - electricity, alternative energy sources and gas management and energy sector governance.
The participants in these laboratories have come up with results that will contribute to the development of the sector and put its capabilities in the right direction for utilisation.
Seventeen alternative power projects have been identified, which will contribute 11% to electricity generation by 2023.
These projects will diversify energy sources and reduce dependence on natural gas as a main source to generate electricity and start a new phase of alternative energy in the Sultanate.
In the area of energy efficiency improvement, the participants produced four initiatives that will provide about 0.64 terawatt hours per year by 2023.
The laboratory came up with one of the most important energy projects to connect the electrical network systems in the Sultanate in order to increase the efficiency of the networks, which contributes to the provision of gas and dispensing diesel fuel used in some unconnected areas, in addition to a proposal with detailed criteria for the application and distribution of gas and electricity, that is compatible with the strategic orientations of the Sultanate, and the proposal to integrate gas and electricity plans and policies and establish a comprehensive national strategy for the energy sector in the Sultanate.
The workshop was attended by a number of specialists in the public and private sectors and companies working in the energy sector and a number of interested parties and civil society institutions.