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Week In Middle East: SCZONE And ReNew Power Collaborate To Establish Green Hydrogen Plant; LONGi Expands Presence In MENA And CA With New Dubai Headquarters; And More

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SCZONE And ReNew Power Collaborate To Establish Green Hydrogen Plant In Sokhna Industrial Zone

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New Delhi played host to discussions between representatives from SCZONE (Suez Canal Economic Zone) and ReNew Power, a renowned Indian company specializing in renewable energy. The outcome of these discussions was the signing of a framework agreement between ReNew Power and SCZONE to establish a green hydrogen production plant in the Sokhna industrial zone. The plant is projected to have an initial capacity of 20,000 tons per year, with the potential for expansion up to 220,000 tons annually. The estimated investment for this ambitious project is approximately $8 billion. The green hydrogen production plant will be implemented in phases, with the first phase focusing on an experimental stage aimed at producing 20,000 tons of green hydrogen per year. This will involve the use of electrolyzers with a capacity of 150 megawatts, complemented by 570 megawatts of renewable energy to produce 100,000 tons of green ammonia annually.

LONGi Expands Presence in MENA and CA with New Dubai Headquarters

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LONGi, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Central Asia (CA) headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This strategic move represents LONGi’s commitment to expanding its presence in the region and serving as a hub for its operations and growth initiatives. The opening of the new headquarters in Dubai marks a significant milestone for LONGi and the solar industry. The MENA and CA region holds immense potential for solar energy development, and LONGi aims to leverage this opportunity by providing advanced solar technology solutions and fostering local partnerships.

WAPDA And UAE Firm Sign MoU For Developing Floating Solar Power

WAPDA signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Private Office of His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. The MoU was signed by Chairman WAPDA Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd) and His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum on behalf of their organizations. The first MoU is aimed at establishing a framework for cooperation and collaboration between the Private Office of His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and WAPDA to explore investment opportunities for WAPDA’s small hydel power stations including 1MW Renala, 22 MW-Rasul, 13.2 MW-Chichokimalian and 13.8 MW-Nandipur. The second MoU is related to exploring investment opportunities in the energy sector of Pakistan, specifically for the development of floating solar power projects on water reservoirs and water bodies of the existing hydel power stations of WAPDA.

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Bahrain Implements National Energy Transition Plan To Boost Renewable Energy Resources

Bahrain has commenced the implementation of its National Energy Transition Plan, with the goal of raising the share of renewable energy in its total electricity generation to 5% by 2025, progressing to 20% by 2035. The President of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, emphasized the kingdom’s commitment to diversifying its energy resources and transitioning to sustainable energy in alignment with its COP26 commitments. The EWA has implemented measures to streamline the connection process for renewable energy applications and has established criteria for the enrollment of consultants and contractors involved in distributed renewable energy resources.

Syria’s Sargaya Town Witnesses Construction Of Two Solar Power Plants

In a positive stride toward sustainable energy, the town of Sargaya in Syria is witnessing the construction of two solar power plants set to transform the local electricity landscape. The Syrian Ministry of Electricity is leading the development of a 100 kW solar power plant, scheduled for completion in 2023. This project aims to generate sufficient electricity to power around 100 homes, providing a reliable and eco-friendly energy source for residents. Simultaneously, a private company is building a 50 kW solar power plant in Sargaya, slated to be operational by 2024. Once completed, this plant will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 50 homes, contributing to the town’s sustainable energy infrastructure.

Egypt’s Updated NDC Sets Ambitious Target For Renewable Energy Capacity By 2030

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt (GoE) announced its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), a step that reflects the country’s commitment to accelerating the transition towards a low-carbon development pathway by increasing the development and deployment of renewable energy to reach the target of 42% installed capacity by 2030 instead of 2035. Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, stated that this important milestone comes in line with the Political Declaration that was announced during COP 27 between Egypt, Germany, and the United States of America, whereby the update of NDC by Egypt secures grants, debt swaps, concessional finance and catalyzes private investments to support the Energy Pillar within the Country-led Platform of the Nexus of Water Food and Energy NWFE. 

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TotalEnergies And Saint Joseph University Of Beirut Collaborate To Transform Campuses Into Solar-Powered Hubs

TotalEnergies Marketing Lebanon and Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) signed an agreement that aims at transforming two of the university campuses into solar-powered hubs. This joint project, supported by Farjallah Group, as an approved contractor for TotalEnergies Marketing Lebanon selected for this project, is expected to be completed by the third quarter of the year. Upon completion, the robust solar system will generate more than 1.1 MWp, with 756 kWp dedicated to the Mar Roukoz Science and Technology Campus and 352 kWp to the Huvelin Social Sciences Campus. This project will contribute to 550 tons of CO2 reduction per year and is equivalent to powering 250 single-family Lebanese houses per year.

TotalEnergies-Led Consortium Secures Financing For 119 MWp Solar Power Plant In Saudi Arabia

A consortium consisting of TotalEnergies from France, Toyota Tsusho from Japan, and Altaaqa Renewable Energy (Zahid Group) from Saudi Arabia has secured financing for the construction of a 119 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in Wadi Ad-Dawasir. The project, part of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program, has reached a significant milestone with the completion of a financial close involving local lenders APICORP and Riyadh Bank. The consortium, responsible for the development, ownership, and operation of the plant, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company. With this achievement, TotalEnergies solidifies its position as a major player in renewable energy in the region, complementing its existing projects in Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE.

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Assystem To Conduct Pre-Development Studies For Solar Parks In NEOM’s Ambitious Renewable Energy Vision

International engineering, digital, and project management services company Assystem has been selected by NEOM to undertake a series of pre-development studies for seven solar photovoltaic parks in the Tabuk and Duba regions. The appointment signifies NEOM’s commitment to realizing its vision of establishing the world’s most advanced renewable energy hub, characterized by a fully renewable electrical system at scale. Assystem will leverage its extensive expertise by deploying a team of experts to deliver a comprehensive range of services for solar park projects. These services include conducting a site assessment study, formulating preliminary designs and master plans for the parks, conducting environmental baseline surveys, performing environmental and social impact assessments, and undertaking permitting studies.

Qudra Inaugurates Largest Solar Power Plant In Palestine

In partnership with the Jerusalem District Electricity Company and in cooperation with the Municipal Council of Deir Abu Mashaal, Qudra Company inaugurated the largest solar power plant in Palestine, with a total capacity of 8.25 megawatts/peak, in the village of Deir Abu Mishaal, west of Ramallah. The new solar power plant, which was designed and developed by Qudra using the latest solar photovoltaic technology for JDECO, will contribute to an area of ​​more than 100 dunums of land in the village of Deir Abu Mishaal, to respond to the electric power needs of people in the area and the surrounding villages of Abu Mishaal and Nabi Saleh.

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