Week In MiddleEast: Iraq Awards Two Solar Power Projects To Chinese Companies; DEWA’s IPP Projects Enhance Promising Investments Flow To The UAE And Dubai; And More


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Iraq Awards Two Solar Power Projects To Chinese Companies


According to a newspaper, two solar power projects were awarded by Iraq to Chinese companies. This is in accordance with a historic agreement between the two countries signed in 2019. These two solar projects are situated in Southern Muthanna Governorate, bordering Saudi Arabia. They are part of a series that Iraq has awarded to foreign companies as part of a strategy to grow the dependence on solar energy. Both the projects have a combined capacity of 130 MW, and 500 MW each. They are located in different areas within the Governorate. “The Electricity Ministry awarded the projects to Chinese companies that have begun working on them,” Muthanna’s Assistant Governor, Hamid Al Hassani stated. In line with plans to increase renewable energy to 20% of the energy mix in the future, Iraq awarded several solar power contracts over the last months to Total of France and to other foreign companies.


DEWA’s IPP Projects Enhance Promising Investments Flow To The UAE And Dubai

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced that the capacity of DEWA’s current projects with the private sector using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model exceeds 4,000 megawatts (MW), with investments amounting to more than AED 40 billion. He noted that through this model, DEWA was able to save an additional investment of approximately AED 26 billion, which allows DEWA to invest in other infrastructure projects. Al Tayer said that the IPP model encourages partnership between the public and private sectors. Through this model, DEWA has achieved world-class results and developed a new benchmark for solar energy prices for every kilowatt hour, thus making Dubai a global benchmark for solar energy prices. DEWA attracted promising investments to the UAE from the private sector and foreign banks, which led to an increase in cash flow to the economy of Dubai and the UAE.

Express Pack Prints Starts 940 kWp Solar Rooftop Plant In Cooperation With SirajPower

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SirajPower, UAE’s locally owned and leading distributed solar energy provider, is proud to announce the last phase of the Express Pack Print’s 940kWp solar rooftop plant is now operating and generating clean energy, allowing EPP to strengthen its green footprint. The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of Mr Mylanchikkal Abdullah Zubair, chairman of Express Pack Print, and Laurent Longuet, CEO of Siraj Power. Express pack print buildings are expected to generate 1.6 GWh of clean energy through SirajPower rooftop solar installations, reducing its annual CO2 emissions by about 0.692 metric tons, which is equivalent to charging about 84,195 smartphones. As a fully integrated solar service provider, SirajPower undertakes the complete scope of services for the solar rooftop plant, including the financing, long-term operation, and maintenance of the solar rooftop plant for EEP buildings.

ACUD Of Egypt To Launch 130 MW Solar Photovoltaic Project

The ACUD, Administrative Capital for Urban Development is currently preparing to list an international tender for the use of rooftops in residential areas of the New Administrative Capital (NAC). This will allow for photovoltaic solar panels to be installed to produce electricity for the smart city. The power purchase agreement format will be used to implement the project with a capacity of 130 MW. It will be the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic project in the world. This tender is part of Phase 2 of the Photovoltaic Rooftops Project. It will be installed on rooftops of buildings in R01, R02, R03, R05, and R06 districts. The project was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority. In 2019, the first phase of this project was launched. It powered the Government District buildings at a power output of 10 MW. The ACUD is committed to generating 30 to 35% of NAC’s electricity from renewable energy sources like solar energy.

ACWA Power Signs MoU With South Korea’s POSCO Holdings To Jointly Explore The Production Of Green Hydrogen And Green Ammonia

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ACWA Power Signs MoU With South Korea’s POSCO Holdings To Jointly Explore The Production Of Green Hydrogen And Green Ammonia. The agreement will involve the joint development of green hydrogen and its derivatives such as green ammonia, to decarbonise POSCO Group’s power generation, and its steel manufacturing processes, along with serving other Korean clients of POSCO Group. Green hydrogen and ammonia produced by the partners through new green field investments will support to meet POSCO Group’s ambitious targets to produce 500,000 tonnes of hydrogen globally by 2030. POSCO Group’s output will be used in applications across diverse industries including the company’s own power generation needs, construction, energy, and support for other industrial off-takers in South Korea.

Technip Energies Of France And National Petroleum Construction Company Of UAE To Establish A New Company To Accelerate Energy Transition

On the sidelines of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Paris, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs witnessed the signing of an agreement to establish a new joint company between National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a subsidiary of National Marine Dredging Company, and Technip Energies. The agreement was signed by Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC and Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the new joint venture NT ENERGIES LLC aims to support energy transition in the UAE, the broader Middle East region and North Africa by providing added value services in blue and green hydrogen and related decarbonization projects, COcapture in addition to industrial projects in the fields of waste-to-energy, biorefining, biochemistry, as well as other energy transition-related themes.

EWEC Issues Request For Qualification For 1,500 MW Al Ajban Solar PV Project

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), an Abu Dhabi-based company, announced that it had issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ), for companies interested in developing the 1,500 MW Al Ajban Solar PV Independent Project in Ajban, Abu Dhabi. EWEC, Abu Dhabi’s main off-taker of water and electricity projects, announced the news via its official Twitter handle. The deadline for RFP submission and the number of responses to the Expression of Interest invitation (EOI) were not disclosed. In May 2022, Abu Dhabi issued the EOI for this project. It is slated to be Abu Dhabi’s third solar PV IPP, after Al Dhafra and Noor Abu Dhabi. According to EWEC’s May 2022 statement, the project includes the development, financing, construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of the solar PV project and associated infrastructure.

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ARAS Medical Devices & Equipments Co LLC Switches To Solar Energy With SirajPower

The Turnkey Medical-Healthcare Builders & Solution Provider for Medical Laboratory Gas Engineering Infrastructural Biomedical Engineering, Aras Medical Devices & Equipment Co. LLC, sign a solar lease agreement with SirajPower the UAE’s locally owned and leading distributed solar energy provider, for a 637kWp solar rooftop system for its manufacturing facility in Dubai Industrial City. ARAS MEDICAL DEVICES & EQUIPMENTS CO LLC’s solar system will be fully financed, designed, constructed, operated & maintained by SirajPower for its lifetime. Under optimal conditions, the solar rooftop installation is expected to generate a solar energy output of 1.10 GWh. The 637 kWp solar plant system will reduce nearly 0.476 metric tons of co2, which is equivalent to charging about 57,884 smartphones.

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