Week In Middle East: Jordan, Israel, And The UAE Sign MoU To Advance Clean Energy Projects; Qatar’s New Solar Plant To Help The Country Deliver A Carbon-Neutral FIFA World Cup; And More


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Jordan, Israel, And The UAE Sign MoU To Advance Clean Energy Projects


The governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the State of Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) to advance clean energy and sustainable water desalination projects announced last year. The MoU relates to Project  Prosperity, which has two components: Prosperity Green and Prosperity Blue. Prosperity Green includes a 600-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic plant, complemented with electric storage, which will be built in Jordan and produce clean energy for export to Israel. Prosperity Blue is a sustainable water desalination program, located in Israel, to export to Jordan 200 million cubic meters of potable water per annum.


Qatar’s New Solar Power Plant To Help The Country Deliver A Carbon-Neutral FIFA World Cup

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has announced that carbon savings from Qatar’s new 800 MW solar power plant will be used to offset approximately half the emissions generated from the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup™. The Al Kharsaah Solar PV Independent Power Producer Project will commit 1.8m tons of carbon savings to Qatar in 2022. The plant opened in October and will help to considerably reduce Qatar’s carbon footprint. The project covers 10km – the equivalent of 1,400 football pitches. During its first year of operation, it is expected to generate almost 2,000,000 MWh, the equivalent energy consumption of approximately 55,000 Qatari households.

Silicon Central Mall Of Dubai With SirajPower Launches 1 MWp Solar Carport For Clean Energy Generation

Line Investments & Property LLC is the shopping mall as well as the management division of Lulu Group. It announces the launch of a 1MWp solar carport as well as 4 EV Charging Stations at Silicon Central. These stations were installed early in the year by SirajPower. This was part of the mall’s sustainability initiatives. The 5,500 square meters solar carport project will generate 1.7 GWh annually of clean energy. This is equivalent to over 1205 metric tons of CO2 emissions. It also offsets nearly 20,000 tree seedlings planted for 10 years. Silicon Central, a brand-new development, boasts an area of 80,000 square meters of retail, F&B, and cinemas. It also includes a Lulu Hypermarket covering 9,000 square meters and a department store that spans 7,800 square meters. The total area of Silicon Central is 16,800 square meters.

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Egyptian Government, EDF Renewables, And Zero Waste Signs Agreement For Development Of Green Hydrogen

At the COP27, the “Green Fuel Alliance” consortium led by EDF Renewables, a leading player in renewable energy, and Zero Waste, a leading company specialized in developing projects in the Egyptian fertilizer, oil & gas, power generation, and cement industries have signed a Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Electricity, the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE) and the Infrastructure and Utilities Sub Fund of The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) for the development of a green hydrogen and derivatives mega-project to be located at the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

AD Ports Group And TotalEnergies Join Forces To Explore Distributed Solar Opportunities

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, the integrated trade, logistics, and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi and a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, announces an agreement with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East & Africa, an affiliate of TotalEnergies, to explore opportunities to solarise assets across KEZAD’s industrial ecosystem. TotalEnergies’ Renewables Distributed Generations develops, finances, builds, and operates solar installations for industrial and commercial customers (I&C). This year, TotalEnergies’ reached 500 MW of onsite business-to-business solar distributed generation projects in operation globally. More than 300 sites of its I&C customers have been equipped with solar panels worldwide. 

SirajPower Partners With Nakheel To Deliver Solar Projects Across UAE

SirajPower, UAE’s largest distributed solar energy provider, announced a partnership with Nakheel, a master developer, to deliver nine projects in the UAE. SirajPower is the region’s largest and most well-known integrated solar energy provider. SirajPower offers commercial solutions for solar leasing for residential and retail markets. This allows large-scale entities such as Nakheel to enjoy energy independence and security by paying less for energy and producing clean energy with no upfront investment. The agreements compromise the 3.1MWp Solar Rooftop for Nakheel’s The Gardens Residential Complex, Discovery Gardens, Dragon Mart 2&6, Dubai Island, Discovery Gardens Pavilion, Jumeirah Park Pavilion, Al Furjan Pavilion South, and International City Pavilion.

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Cairo 3A Agriculture Company With Intro Sustainable Resources To Set Up Solar Plant In Wadi El Natrun

Cairo 3A Agriculture Company, which invested USD 3 million, signed an agreement with Intro Sustainable Resources in order to set up a solar plant on its farms in Wadi El Natrun. The plant will produce 3 Megawatts of electricity. This is in line with Cairo 3A Agricultural’s goal to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2025. On the sidelines of participating in COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, the CEO of Cairo 3A Agricultural Company, Mr. Aly El-Gamil, and Executive Partner of Intro Sustainable Resources, Mr. Hany Shelaly, signed the agreement. The company will be able to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions by establishing a solar power plant at its farms, in line with Egypt’s 2030 vision.

UAE Announce The Approval Of A Federal Law Regulating The Linkage Of Renewable Energy Production Units To The Electrical Grid

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of UAE has announced the approval of the federal law regulating the linkage of distributed renewable energy production units to the electrical grid, which aims to enable people to produce electrical energy from renewable energy sources and achieve the state’s objectives. It is a step towards the diversification of renewable energy sources within the state and the optimal utilization of natural resources, in a manner that ensures the reduction of emissions and climate neutrality.

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EMICOOL Signs Agreement With Emirates Electrical Engineering To Increase Solar Capacity By 238%

Emirates District Cooling Company (EMICOOL), a joint venture between Dubai Investments, a leading investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), and Actis LLC, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Emirates Electrical Engineering (EEE), one of the solar market leaders in the UAE. The agreement confirms the company is increasing its solar capacity by 238% within its District Cooling Plant 1 (DCP1) along with its head office boundaries, located in Dubai Investments Park 1.

EGA Purchases Clean Energy Certificates For 1.1 Million Megawatt Hours Of Electricity Supplied By EWEC To Support Production Of CelestiAL Solar Aluminium

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has purchased Clean Energy Certificates for 1.1 million megawatt hours of electricity supplied by Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), supporting EGA’s production of CelestiAL solar aluminium. The certificates track the use of solar power from Noor Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest single-site solar power plants. Noor Abu Dhabi is located at Sweihan and has 3.2 million solar panels generating approximately one gigawatt of electricity.

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