Week in Middle East: Bahrain Formula 1 Circuit Launches Tender for Major Solar Project; Centamin Awards Giza Systems EPC Contracts for 36 MW of Sukari Gold Mine Solar Plant in Egypt and More

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Bahrain Formula 1 Circuit Launches Tender for Major Solar Project

Bahrain International Circuit, the home of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), today announced the launch of an international public tender for the development of a major new solar farm, to be located at the circuit. A Request for Proposal has been issued via the Government Tender Board for Build Own Operate and Maintain (BOOM) gridtied solar PV power plant with minimum capacity of 3 MW AC. This to be installed as car park shades at the Bahrain International Circuit and bidders are sought for a 20 Year Contract period. This new project is expected to deliver enough energy to power the entire Formula 1 race weekend and supports Bahrain’s commitment to increase renewable energy use in the Kingdom and Formula 1’s plan to have net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The plans will reduce the venue’s carbon footprint and generate significant savings on overall energy costs.

Centamin Awards Giza Systems EPC Contracts for 36 MW of Sukari Gold Mine Solar Plant in Egypt

Centamin plc, the mining company, has awarded juwi, a leading renewable specialist company, and Giza Systems, a leading systems integrator in the MEA region, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for its 36 MW solar farm and 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system at the Sukari gold mine, Eastern Desert in Egypt. Giza Systems has been contracted to install the Sukari solar plant; while juwi has been contracted to design, supply and integrate the Sukari solar and battery plant into the current diesel power plant. The Sukari solar plant will be the largest hybrid solar project at an off-grid mining operation. The massive project is expected to reduce diesel fuel oil consumption by more than 22 million litres per year and lower carbon emissions by more than 60,000 tonnes CO2-e per year. It will also reduce operating costs and increase reliability of the power system. The project is scheduled to be commissioned late in H1 2022.

Moro Hub & Huawei to Build Solar-Powered Data Center in the Middle East and Africa

Moro Hub, a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the largest solar-powered Uptime TIER III-Certified Data Centre in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The new sustainable, carbon-neutral green data centre uses 100% renewable energy and has a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW) and is the second solar-powered green data centre in Dubai launched by Moro Hub. The signing ceremony was witnessed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mr Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, and signed by Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO Digital DEWA and Mr Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE.

Etihad ESCO and Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Authority to Collaborate Toward Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), the leading sustainability enabler in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced plans to initiate collaboration and strategic partnership toward achieving the sustainability ambitious goals. Both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a virtual ceremony, in the presence of HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and HE Dr. Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, President of SEA. Through the MOU, both parties will exchange and share best global experiences and practices in energy efficiency, renewable energy, to support sustainability efforts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The MoU aims to support both Parties in implementation of sustainable energy initiatives to achieve the common goals. It also aims to enhance cooperation to address energy related areas in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dubai Inaugurates Green Hydrogen Project, First-of-its-kind in MENA

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, inaugurated the Green Hydrogen project at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, marking a new achievement for the Emirate as a leader in renewable energy. The project, implemented in collaboration with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy, is the first solar-driven green hydrogen producing facility in the Middle East and North Africa. The project, implemented in collaboration with DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy, is the first solar-driven green hydrogen producing facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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