Week in Middle East: Oman Extends Bid Submission For Its Hybrid Project, USSBC Releases Economic Brief Of Saudi Arabia Renewables, RCREEE and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA Sign a New MOU and more


Oman Extends Bid Submission For Its Hybrid IPP Project


Oman has extended the commercial bid submission deadline for its hybrid solar-diesel independent power plant project to the first week of October 2020, a source close to the project stated to ZAWYA. Earlier known as Rural Area Electricity Company was promoted by Tanweer which involved the development of hybrid solar photovoltaic-diesel power plants at 11 sites across Oman. “The tender for the contract to develop hybrid solar-diesel IPP project was issued on 16 March 2020 with bids submission deadline of 27 July, which was extended to August 17 and subsequently to the first week of October,” the source said to Zawya Projects, adding that the project completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2023. According to a report by Zawya Projects, Seven consortiums and five standalone bidders were prequalified for this project. The source added that Bahwan Engineering Company, Altaaqa Global, Jinko Solar, Alawi Tunsi & Bros Co, Alfanar and Aggreko have been shortlisted for the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contract.


USSBC Releases Economic Brief Of Saudi Arabia Renewables


The Saudi renewable energy sector’s promising future is built on a robust regulatory framework that coincides with initiatives that will allow it to flourish over the long-term. The creation of the NREP and the implementation of initiatives under the REPDO has provided needed clarity for domestic and international players, U.S.-Saudi Business Council stated. The ambitious plans by the government to grow its renewable energy mix will be spearheaded by multiple entities. The NREP through REPDO will deliver on the Kingdom’s broad Vision 2030 objectives. Additional entities that will be instrumental to the success of the sector include the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-Care), ECRA, and the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). These entities will work together to advance the Kingdom’s renewable energy research, measurement, data acquisition, regulation, predevelopment, and tendering. Furthermore, this past April witnessed the launch of the Supreme Committee for Energy Mix Affairs, for Electricity Production and Enabling Renewable Energy. The committee, headed by H.R.H. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is responsible for coordinating renewable project execution between government sectors, streamlining the pre-construction phases of such projects to expedite the development of the Kingdom’s ambitious 9.4GW renewables target for 2024. According to the estimates, Saudi Arabia’s total renewable energy capacity will grow to 5.3 GW by 2030, accounting for 7 percent of the Kingdom’s total electricity output of 102 GW. Solar power is forecasted to account for 77 percent of all renewables by 2030.

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RCREEE and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA Sign a New MOU

RCREEE is very pleased to join forces with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA building the capacities public sector female professionals. The two parties signed an MOU, late July 2020, in an attempt to increase the share of women working and advancing in sustainable energy field in the MENA region. RCREEE with the support of FES Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA will be organizing tailored training programs dedicated to public sector female employees on ‘Advanced Renewable Energy’ and ‘Green Financing’ topics and will be launched in Egypt. Accordingly, the training programs aim to equip female professionals with the knowledge and skills required to understand RE projects development and implementation in terms of feasibility studies, regulatory frameworks and procurement. Also, they will provide the needed knowledge to understand green finance fundamentals and its relation to the sustainable development goals and how to access climate and sustainable energy finance. Scheduled to start by end of August 2020, the training programs are targeting mid-career and senior female professionals to support their career advancement.

ENOC Group Recognised For Clean Energy Efforts

ENOC Group recently won the coveted 2020 Energy Management Insight Award by Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum of 25 countries and the European Commission designed to promote sustainable policies and programmes to advance clean energy. ENOC Group was recognised for the implementation of ISO 50001, a global standard to better manage retail operations energy use from energy policies, design, procurement, maintenance and daily operations. ENOC Group highlighted the successful integration of energy resource management into various business systems to better manage resources, sustain achieved savings, and continuously improve energy performance. Energy efficiency is a core element of ENOC Group and is a huge part of the Group’s day-to-day operations. The Group has launched various initiatives such as the utilisation of photovoltaic solar panels at more than 22 service stations, vapor recovery systems, installing LED lights and signage, and incorporating programmable thermostat and variable refrigerant flow in air conditioning.

DEWA Records A Peak Load Increase Of 6.6%

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has announced a rise in the peak load of electricity to 9074 MW in Dubai this year to date, compared to 8516 MW in 2019, recording an extra 558 MW, and an increase of 6.6 %. This is the highest recorded increase since 2012. “In line with our vision as a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we seek to secure uninterrupted and stable supplies of electricity and water, and we support the vision and strategic plans of the Government of Dubai to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development in the Emirate. This increase in the peak load is a testimony to the boost of social and economic activities in Dubai. DEWA has an installed capacity of 11,700MW of electricity and 470 MIG of water per day,” said Al Tayer. DEWA has reduced losses in electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.2%, compared to 6-7% recorded in Europe and the USA. Water network losses decreased to 6.6%, compared to 15% in North America. DEWA achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year. DEWA recorded 1.86 minutes, in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in the European Union, added Al Tayer.

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GCCIA Awards 3 Year Contract To Hitachi ABB Power Grids For New RelCare Solution

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched a new reliability-based service solution, RelCare, which has been selected by Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). GCCIA will become the first customer of the RelCare service. As part of their three-year agreement with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, GCCIA will use the RelCare solution to remotely monitor the maintenance of all their substations across the six Gulf countries. The solution will enable GCCIA to improve the operational performance and enhance the reliability of their network system. GCCIA will leverage Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ technology and expertise to increase the operational efficiency of its 400 kV network, running over 1200km with a maximum interconnection power of 1200 MW. The partnership will cover eight large 400 kV substations that integrate more than 3,000 assets, consisting of 30 different asset types. RelCare combines state-of-the-art asset management software with service partnership models, enabling asset and operation and maintenance managers to optimize the performance, yield and protection of their crucial systems through their entire lifecycle.

Kuwait To Take Final Decision On Shegaya RE Park

Kuwait will take the final decision on the Shegaya Renewable Energy Park in two weeks, a senior official at the Ministry of Electricity and Water, (MEW) Kuwait said to ZAWYA. Eng. Ahmed M Alazemi, Renewable Energy Projects Specialist at MEW also stated that “The final decision on the Shegaya Renewable Energy Park will be made in two weeks. The project is not cancelled but converted from an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) to a PPP (public private partnership) project and is now handled by the Kuwait Authority for Private Partnership (KAPP) along with MEW. Shegaya Phase 2 named Al Dibdiba, will be a 1500 MW Alternating Current photovoltaic (PV) project which will be developed under a 25 year PPA (power purchase agreement). Phase three named Al Abrag, will be tendered in several packages which will be a mixed technology project consisting of a minimum of 200 MW concentrated solar power, 1200 Mwac PV and 100 MW wind, Alazemi concluded. The 4 GW Shegaya Park is spread over an area of 58 square kilometres and is being developed in 3 phases.

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Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Outsource City Completes Two Solar PV Carports

Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Outsource City, part of TECOM Group, have jointly announced the successful completion of work on two solar PV carports that will generate 4.25 GWh of clean electricity annually — enough to power 350 homes. They are the first solar PV carports commissioned for the business communities and fall within the purview of a sustainability partnership between the Group and Enova, a regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services. While reinforcing Dubai’s ongoing commitment to developing state-of-the-art, sustainable infrastructure, the projects will boost energy efficiency and provide renewable electricity to the Group’s business communities. With the installation of 4,170 photovoltaic panels (PV panels), the 1.6 MWp solar carport in Dubai Outsource City will meet 98 per cent of the community’s energy requirements and cut 1,250 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Collectively, the two projects boast more than 7,000 solar panels and span a total area of over 14,000 square metres. Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Outsource City are committed to reducing energy consumption and promoting the responsible use of natural resources by developing renewable energy infrastructure, conserving water, increasing recycling and reducing waste generation as part of a group-wide sustainability drive.

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