Week in Middle East: Iraq To Boost Its Power Capacity To 45,000 MW with Solar and Other RE Sources; Jordan To Add 50 MW Capacity Of Solar Power Plant and More


Iraq To Boost Its Power Capacity To 45,000 MW with Solar and Other RE Sources


Solar energy plants and other power projects will more than double Iraq’s electricity generation capacity to nearly 45,000 megawatts (MW) within five years, the official Alsabah newspaper said. Currently, the country produces around 20,000 MW but capacity will sharply increase as part of a five-year development plan devised by the Electricity Ministry said the Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Al-Abadi. “The five-year plan comprises expansions and new projects will boost Iraq’s power production to around 45,000 MW at the end of that plan,” Abadi said. He told that the plan is divided into three parts including short, medium, and long-term stages, adding that phase 1 would see the addition of 5,000 MW by year-end. The medium-term phase comprises projects that will add 7,000 MW while the rest will be installed in the third stage, he added. Last month, Abadi said Iraq intends to build several solar power plants and that some of them, with a combined capacity of 3,000 MW would be executed by Total of France and Masdar of Abu Dhabi. Also in August the Electricity Ministry signed an initial agreement with the state-owned Power China to build solar power plants with a capacity of 2,000 MW.

Jordan To Add 50 MW Capacity Of Solar Power Plant


Jordan will add a 50 MW solar power plant to advance in its clean energy portfolio. The commercial operation date of the solar plant was 1st September 2021. The power plant project Al Husainiyah is sponsored by AMEA Power with a 70% stake and Jordan-based Philadelphia Solar with a 30% stake. AMEA Power now has 100 MW of operational power projects in the country with Abour wind project and the latest one. The project was awarded following the second round of Jordan’s renewables feed-in-tariff (FiT) program. This power plant is situated in Ma’an Governorate that is 200km south of Amman. The operation of the project will last for 20 years. This will avoid carbon emissions of more than 3 million tonnes. The power plant will supply clean and affordable energy to nearly 50,000 households. In the process of construction, around 400 people will be employed.

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DEWA Partners With Arab Youth Center For Clean Technology Innovation

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Arab Youth Center (AYC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to prepare youth leaders specialized in clean technology innovation. This will be achieved by using the capabilities of DEWA’s Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The MoU supports the shared vision of DEWA and AYC to empower young people and build their capabilities. The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and HE Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Arab Youth Center. Officials from both sides were present.
“Youths are the powerhouse of the future and the core of the human capital our Arab societies need to accelerate socio-economic development. That is why empowering youth with advanced skills, that link qualifications with the current and rising dynamics of the labor market as well as foster competitiveness of Arab countries, is fundamental in our mandate,” said Al Mazrui.

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TotalEnergies In Agreement With Iraqi Government To Support Electricity Generation Using Renewable Energy

TotalEnergies, the Iraqi Ministries for oil and electricity, and the country’s National Investment Commission have signed, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Iraq, major agreements covering several projects in the Basra region, designed to enhance the development of Iraq’s natural resources to improve the country’s electricity supply. Iraq, a country rich in natural resources, is indeed experiencing electricity shortages while it faces a sharp increase in demand from the population. TotalEnergies, with the support of the Iraqi authorities, on the one hand, will invest in installations to recover gas that is being flared on three oil fields and as such supply gas to 1,5 GW of power generation capacity in a first phase growing to 3 GW in a second phase, and, on the other hand, will also develop 1 GW of solar electricity generation capacity to supply the Basra regional grid.

IRENA Signs MoU With World Government Summit For Energy Transition

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and World Government Summit signed an MoU to jointly promote the development of the renewable energy sector globally. With a focus on the energy system, the two organizations will use their convening power to identify effective solutions to meet global challenges, promote sustainable development, and support governments as they work to shape a better future for coming generations. The agreement was signed by Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, and Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications and Managing Director of the World Government Summit. Al Olama said, “This partnership with IRENA reflects the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote areas of cooperation and to share successful experiences and expertise with governments and global organizations, in sectors most associated with human life, and His Highness’s focus on diversifying energy sources and promoting them.”

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