Week in Middle East: Saudi Arabia shortlists bidders for 1.47GW of solar, includes 2.7c/kWh bid, Saudi Arabia mining site power plant to use solar energy, Abu Dhabi’s Shams solar plant shapes UAE clean energy transition and More


Turkish cherry exporter installs 1152 solar panels in preparation for season


The Turkish cherry season is still a little while away, but exporters are already preparing for it. Due to the challenges that have come to light with respect to the coronavirus, one exporter felt it was the perfect time to modernize their packhouse, including the addition of 1152 solar panels on the roof. Although the Turkish cherry season isn’t right around the corner, it can already be stated the season will start a week later than usual. According to Talha Önal, sales and marketing manager for Turkish cherry exporter Cena, the company has had to make changes to ensure worker safety.


Saudi Arabia shortlists bidders for 1.47GW of solar, includes 2.7c/kWh bid


Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) has announced the shortlisted bidders for the second round of the country’s National Renewable Energy Program, which included a lowest bid of SAR 0.0609042/kWh ($A0.027). With 1.47GW of capacity up for offer across six solar projects the second round of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program was broken up in to two categories, A and B, the first with 70MW on offer, and the latter with 1.4GW on offer. Successful shortlisted bidders included EDF, Total, ACWA Power, Masdar, First Solar, Marubeni, and Al Blagha Holding. Projects awaiting developers are the 600 MW Al-Faisaliah PV IPP, the 300MW Jeddah PV IPP, the 300MW Rabigh PV IPP, the 200MW Qurrayat PV IPP, the 50MW Madinah PV IPP, and the 20MW Rafha PV IPP.

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Saudi Arabia mining site power plant to use solar energy

The power plant will comprise six Wärtsilä 32 engines, with five in operation and one on constant stand-by. The built-in flexibility of the Wärtsilä engine technology, which allows full power output to be reached within minutes of being started, will allow the plant to efficiently utilise renewable solar energy. Renewable source energy, such as solar and wind, require the power plant to be able to respond rapidly to an inherently fluctuating supply to enable the load to be effectively balanced. “Reliability is key for any gold mine for securing uninterrupted operations and targeted revenues in all occasions. The dedicated power plant will ensure that the mine can operate on a reliable and economical supply of electricity. In particular, we have selected the Wärtsilä technology because of its capability to enable the integration of PV solar into the system, which is important for this project,” commented Amit Swarnkar, MENA BU Head, Metallurgical and Material Handling Division, Larsen & Turbo Ltd.

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Abu Dhabi’s Shams solar plant shapes UAE clean energy transition

The Shams solar plant displaces 175,000 tons of CO2 every year – equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees or taking approximately 15,000 cars off the road – and has paved the way for other ambitious clean energy projects, including the world’s largest solar plant, Noor Abu Dhabi, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. According to the state-run news agency, Wam, Shams continues to contribute significantly to the UAE’s clean energy transition, and is helping the nation prepare for the next 50 years. Shams Power Company will soon launch the Al Dhafrah Innovation Centre, the region’s first interactive hub for knowledge about renewable energy, sustainable development, the UAE’s clean energy projects, in general, and Shams Power Company, in particular.

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