Minster of Oil Essam Al-Marzouq stressed on Wednesday that the country's 'Al-Dabdaba' solar plant, expected to be completed in the fiscal year 2020/2021, will produce around 15 percent of the oil sector's power consumption.
In a speech to open Kuwait's International Health Safety and Environment (KIHSE) Conference and Exhibition, Al-Marzouq, who is also Minister of Electricity and Water, said that the solar plant will help reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 million tons yearly.
Moreover, he noted that the project fits into national strategies to rely on renewable energy and promote environment conservation, adding that the use of renewable energy requires support of sustained development in the country.
On the conference, the Minister of Oil said it will tackle solutions to environmental challenges, against the backdrop of plummeting oil prices, noting that oil production methods in Kuwait strictly adhere to environment safety procedures.
Al-Marzouq added that Kuwait is eager to invest in highly efficient energy sources with minimal carbon content, which highlights the need to invest in projects dealing with renewable energy and petrochemicals locally and abroad.
He also pointed out that Kuwait is always on the lookout for new energy sources to meet the country's increasing power needs.