Week In Middle East: Turkey Inaugurates 1350 MW Solar Power Plant In Konya; DEWA Commissions 200 MW Of 5th Phase Of World’s Largest Solar Park; And More


Turkey Inaugurates 1350 MW Solar Power Plant In Konya


Turkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Europe’s largest solar power plant constructed at a single location. The Kalyon Karpinar Solar Power Plant is situated in the central province of Konya and has a capacity of 1350 MW. The president stated at the event that “Turkiye won’t be a nation in need of resources for energy, but rather a country that is capable of exporting energy.” This project, with more than 3.2 million solar panels will generate electricity of around 3 million kWh per year. That is enough to cover the electricity needs of 2 million people. The plant will also save $450 million worth of fossil fuels. The solar plant is located in an area with the most sun exposure, covering 20 million square meters. The plant is now operational, and it will prevent $1.5 million tons in carbon emissions each year.

DEWA Commissions 200 MW Of 5th Phase Of World’s Largest Solar Park


In line with the declaration of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, 2023 as the Year of Sustainability in the UAE with the slogan ‘Today for Tomorrow’, and in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and in support of the UAE hosting the largest international climate event, which is the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) in Expo City Dubai later this year, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced the commissioning of new 200 megawatts (MW) from the 900MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park using photovoltaic solar panels, ahead of schedule, using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

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Saudi Arabia Qualifies Over 100 Companies For Small-Scale Solar Projects

A newspaper from the world’s biggest oil exporter reported that Saudi Arabia had qualified over 100 companies to build distributed solar power plants for small businesses and households. This move is to organize solar energy activities in the Gulf Kingdom, which is moving forward with its plans to switch to cleaner sources of energy as part of its economic diversification plan known as Vision 2030. According to the paper, the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority or WERA has certified 106 energy service companies (ESCOs) that will be authorised by the WERA to carry out small solar power projects within the Kingdom.

GAC Bahrain Installs More Than 550 Solar Panels To Boost Sustainability

GAC Bahrain has reached a major milestone in its drive to boost its sustainability with the installation of more than 550 solar panels on the rooftop of its warehouse in Bahrain Investment Wharf in Al Hidd. The solar array is expected to generate up to 487,000 kWh of clean and renewable energy annually and reduce GAC Bahrain’s CO2 emissions by more than 485 tonnes and make about 195 tonnes of standard coal savings in the first year – the offsetting equivalent of saving approximately 26,298 trees. Reputable renewable energy solutions provider Al Mannai Projects carried out the five-month-long project in full adherence to all relevant local regulations and safety standards.

Yellow Door Energy Signs Solar Power Agreement With Armacell In Bahrain

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Yellow Door Energy is the leading sustainable partner for businesses throughout the Middle East and Africa. The company has signed a solar power agreement with Armacell. Armacell is a global leader and provider of engineered and flexible foams for equipment insulation. The agreement involves the installation of a solar rooftop plant at Armacell’s Bahrain International Investment Park facility in Al-Hidd. Neville D’souza said, “Armacell is committed to a more sustainable operation in Bahrain and beyond. We can reduce our carbon footprint and improve our cost efficiency by utilizing the solar PPA we have with Yellow Door Energy. It is a huge step forward for Armacell.”

Amarenco Group Acquires Spectrum International For Renewable Energy Investments

Amarenco Group announced the acquisition of a Jordanian-based renewable energy company, Spectrum International for Renewable Energy Investments. The acquisition includes the operating projects and pipelines of Spectrum, an independent developer founded by Al-Eqbal Investment in 2012. Spectrum is a market leader, having developed and owned several BOT solar projects in Jordan. These projects are for industrial and commercial consumers. Amarenco MENA’s acquisition of Spectrum supports Amarenco MENA’s expansion strategy in Jordan and reinforces the company’s commitment to investing in renewable energy projects which contribute to sustainable growth.

OPWP Seeks Consultants For Manah I And Manah II Solar Independent Power Projects

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP), a member of the Nama Group, is responsible for procuring new capacity for power and water in the Sultanate of Oman in accordance with the provisions of the Law for the Regulation and Privatization of the Electricity and Related Water Sector promulgated by Royal Decree 78/2004 (as amended), as well as in accordance with OPWP’s license. OPWP wants to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced consultant(s) to provide project management and supervisory consultancy services for Manah I and Manah II Solar Independent Power Projects (Projects) during the construction, commissioning and testing of the Projects.

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JBIC And Egypt Strengthen Partnership For Decarbonization Efforts

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor: HAYASHI Nobumitsu) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of International Cooperation of Egypt (MoIC; Minister of International Cooperation, representing the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt: Dr Rania Al Mashat) to strengthen the strategic partnership in a variety of sectors including decarbonization, taking the opportunity of the Japan-Egypt Summit Meeting held in Egypt. Egypt, which had the Presidency of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27), released its nationally determined contribution of a 33% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the electricity sector by 2030 through multiple initiatives including the promotion of renewable energy. 

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