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Oil states must lead in renewables, minister says

Thursday, 23 February 2012 | 00:00
Dubai Gulf states reliant on oil should be at the forefront of developing alternative sources of energy, a top government minister said.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammad Gargash made his comments to the Qatar News Agency in Doha, where he also said that the Ruwais to Fujairah oil pipeline — which will bypass the Strait of Hormuz — will start this year.
"States producing the hydrocarbon energy should play a role in the development of renewable energy sources," said Gargash on the sidelines of the 2012 Brookings Doha Energy Forum.
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
He stressed that the UAE's contribution to developing this field, illustrated by initiatives such as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, would put the country on the world map.
The UAE's policy in the field of energy, he said, was based on diversifying energy sources to meet the growing need for electricity. Asked about the construction of the Ruwais-Fujairah pipeline, he said it was no secret that all energy-producing countries in the Arabian Gulf live in a very difficult area "aind we must assure the security of the waterways."
The 360km-long pipeline will start this year, he said.
Source: Gulf News
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