Week in Middle East: ALEC Energy Announces 10.4 MWp of New Solar Projects; Iraq and Total Agrees To Work On Solar Power Projects; Enerwhere Signs Long-term Agreement to Power Mine in the UAE with Solar-hybrid Micro-grid and More

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ALEC Energy Announces 10.4 MWp Worth of New Solar Projects in Q1 2021

Alec Energy, a leading provider of turnkey solutions for both rooftop and ground mounted solar PV plants, has announced the successful signing of eight new solar project contracts during the first quarter, yielding an aggregated capacity of 10.4MWp. Eight new solar projects include thermal energy storage, innovative car parks and tailor rooftop solutions across the UAE. Commenting on the announcement, ALEC Energy General Manager, James Stewart, said “Through a combination of national policy and an increasing commitment from corporates to make the transition to clean energy, we’ve been able to provide companies with bespoke, end-to-end strategies that make complete sense in terms of cost and environmental sustainability.

Iraq and Total Agrees To Work On Solar Power Projects

Iraq and French oil major Total agreed to jointly work on developing four associated gas and solar power projects, the country’s oil ministry said, as OPEC’s second largest producer seeks to reduce dependence on Iranian energy imports needed for power generation. Iraq, which is second only to Russia in terms of gas flaring, is nearing an agreement with Total to implement dual-energy megaprojects to capture that gas and wean the country away from sanctioned Iranian gas and electricity imports. Solar power will play a major role. Iraq’s oil minister, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, gave an update. The most important project is construction of complexes and units to treat associated gas, which will be in two phases with a capacity of 600 million cf, the ministry said. The other projects are a solar energy plant with capacity of 1,000 MW for the Ministry of Electricity, a sea water project and development of the Ratawi field to increase natural gas output.

Enerwhere Signs Long-term Agreement to Power Mine in the UAE with Solar-hybrid Micro-grid

Enerwhere and Al Barrak Crushers signed a long-term agreement which will see Enerwhere finance, operate and maintain a solar-hybrid microgrid with a capacity of 4.1 MVA to power Al Barrak’s quarry in Fujairah. To power their mining activities, Al Barrak, like most other quarries in the Middle East, used to rely solely on diesel generators, which are noisy, very expensive to operate and emit harmful emissions. The collaboration with Enerwhere will allow Al Barrak to reduce their carbon footprint by over 30% by using solar power instead of diesel generators to power their crushing machinery, as well as the workshop and offices. The operation in Fujairah will be the third solar-powered crusher in the UAE, joining two other sites already being powered by Enerwhere’s solar-hybrid systems in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.

Oman and UK Partnering to Power Sultanate’s Green Goals

Oman and Britain are partnering to power the Sultanate’s green goals by discovering common ground between UK’s industrial and energy strategy priorities and the Sultanate’s visionary sustainability plans. UK businesses are well placed to partner with Oman to optimise the country’s vast domestic renewable resources. Several major British green tech businesses, across sectors such as waste-to-energy, desalination, wind power and solar storage, are already on the ground helping Oman to meet its sustainability goals. UK-based GreenFuels is powering Oman’s first sustainable biodiesel plant in a joint venture with local company Wakud. The facility will use old cooking oil as feedstock and is expected to be operational by Q2 2021. The innovative plant is set produce around 20 tonnes of biofuel daily and has plans to supply the whole of Oman and surrounding Gulf nations.

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