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Qatar’s Wind Energy Potential with Associated Financial and Environmental Benefits for the Natural Gas Industry

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submitted on 2024-05-27, 10:16 and posted on 2024-05-27, 10:16 authored by Carlos Méndez, Yusuf Bicer

This study analyzes the possibility to use the wind’s kinetic energy to produce electricity in Northern Qatar for the natural gas processing industry. An evaluation of the wind potentiality is performed based on a thorough analysis of parameters such as wind speed and direction, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air density. In addition, based on the measured parameters, a commercial wind turbine is selected, and a case study is presented in order to quantify the energy that a wind farm could produce and its environmental benefits. Furthermore, an economical assessment is made to quantify the repercussions that it could produce if this wind farm substitutes a fraction of the energy demand (within the oil and gas field) that is currently generated by traditional hydrocarbons. The results indicate that the environmental parameters, led by a 5.06 m/s wind speed mean, allow the production of wind energy in the area with an annual CO2 savings of 6.813 tons in a 17 MW wind power plant. This enables Qatar to reduce its internal oil and gas consumption. As a result, the amount of hydrocarbon (natural gas) saved could be used for exportation purposes, generating a positive outcome for the economy with a cost savings of about 3.32 million US$ per year through such a small size wind power plant. From the energy production point of view, the natural parameters enable a single wind turbine to produce an average of 6995.26 MWh of electricity. Furthermore, the wind farm utilized in the case study is capable of generating an average of 34.976 MWh in a year.

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Published in: Energies
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  • 2019

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  • College of Science and Engineering - HBKU

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