Week in Middle East: Zahid Group’s Rooftop Solar Installation; L&T Begins Construction Of Jeddah Solar Power Plant and More

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Zahid Group Integrates Solar Solution into New Business Park

In line with its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, privately held Zahid Group signs an agreement with SAFEER for the installation of a 1.5 MWp solar rooftop and carport hybrid system on the premises of its new headquarters, Zahid Business Park. Zahid Business Park will be located on the northern outskirts of Jeddah and host the Group’s new 11 floor Head Office, six large scale facilities for independent Zahid Group companies, a community center and the Zahid Learning Institute. The system will annually produce ~2.5 GWh of clean energy and will offset nearly 1,800 metric tons of CO2 emissions, corresponding to approximately 7,000,000 kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle or equivalent to more than 30,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. The planning and construction of the solar hybrid system combining photovoltaic and conventional energy generation will be completed by SAFEER, a joint venture between Altaaqa Alternative Solutions (a Zahid Group company) and Total Solar Distributed Generation.

L&T Starts Construction of 300 MW Jeddah Solar Power Plant in Saudi Arabia

Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced that it has secured the go-ahead to begin constructing the 300-megawatt Jeddah Solar photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant, located in Third Jeddah Industrial City, south-east of Jeddah. The turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) order has been received from the consortium of Masdar, EDF Renewables and Nesma Company. L&T said the utility scale power plant, which would be executed by the renewables arm of its Power Transmission & Distribution Business, utilises state-of-art technologies including bifacial modules, single axial trackers, string inverters and robots for module cleaning.

Sirajpower’s Partnership With Regional FMCG Companies Grows In The UAE

SirajPower, UAE’s locally-owned and leading distributed solar energy provider, signed a solar leasing partnership with Ajmal Perfumes, one of the largest manufacturers of fragrances in the Middle East and around the world, for a 1.5 MWp solar rooftop plant that will power their manufacturing facilities at Dubai Industrial City and Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 in Dubai. Under this long-term partnership, SirajPower will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the solar rooftop plant, which will produce 2.7 GWh of solar energy annually. The project covers an area of 12,000 m2 and will be offsetting nearly 2,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

L&T Wins Dubai’s Taqdeer Award for Providing Best Working Conditions for Labour

Indian engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) was honoured at the fourth edition of Dubai’s Taqdeer Awards for providing the best working conditions for workmen at their various project sites across the UAE. Launched in 2016 by the Government of Dubai, the Taqdeer Awards aim to promote excellence in labour welfare practices and safeguard labour rights to increase productivity and efficiency across different sectors. Maj-Gen Obaid Muhair Bin Surour said companies were evaluated by more than 105 qualified assessors based on essential fundamentals such as labour policies, occupational health, cultural and work environment factors such as communication, creativity and innovation, rules & regulations as well as results based on labour perceptions and performance indicators.

Fusion Fuel Green and CCC Team Up for green hydrogen plants in Middle East

Fusion Fuel Green PLC, a green hydrogen technology company, announced that it reached a collaboration agreement with Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. (Offshore) (“CCC”), to develop green hydrogen plants in the Middle East. CCC and Fusion Fuel have agreed to cooperate on projects involving the production of green hydrogen for potential clients in the refining and petrochemical industries in order to reduce their carbon footprint. The companies plan to develop demonstrator plants in several countries in the region, namely Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Masdar Wins 400 MW of Solar Projects in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan announced the winning bidder of the public-private partnerships (PPPs) for two photovoltaic solar parks in the Jizzakh and Samarkand regions. These PPPs, tendered under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program, will soon add more than 400 megawatts of clean and renewable energy to the country’s energy mix. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar) was awarded the project in the Samarkand region with a bid to supply solar power at 1.791 US cents per kilowatt hour. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar) was awarded the project in the Jizzakh region with a bid to supply solar power at 1.823 US cents per kilowatt hour. As transaction adviser, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, helped the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Energy design and tender the PPPs, which attracted seven bids for the Jizzakh site and six proposals for the Samarkand site.

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