Week In Middle East: SodaStream Partners With Enlight Renewable Energy For 100% Renewable Production In Israel; GHD And Fraunhofer Partner With UAE’s Ministry Of Energy For National Hydrogen Strategy; And More

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SodaStream Partners With Enlight Renewable Energy For 100% Renewable Production In Israel


SodaStream, the world’s leading sparkling water brand and a subsidiary of PepsiCo, has taken a significant step towards sustainability and environmental responsibility by entering into a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with Enlight Renewable Energy, a leading global renewable energy platform. The agreement, in line with new market regulations in Israel, will enable SodaStream’s global production sites in Israel to operate fully on renewable energies starting in 2024. Under the PPA, SodaStream’s factories in Ashkelon and Idan Negev, which serve as the company’s main production facilities and export to over 48 countries worldwide, will be powered by clean electricity sourced from Enlight’s solar and storage facilities.

GHD And Fraunhofer Partner With UAE’s Ministry Of Energy For National Hydrogen Strategy


In a significant step towards sustainable energy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully launched a comprehensive National Hydrogen Strategy, with the support of GHD and Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Integrated Energy Systems CINES. This strategy aligns with the UAE’s vision to be a leading global producer of low-carbon hydrogen by its 60th anniversary in 2031. Commissioned by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI), the strategy is founded on fact-based analysis, evaluating opportunities and challenges for establishing a hydrogen-based economy in the country. Leveraging its abundant natural gas reserves, high solar radiance, and strategic location as an energy and business hub, the UAE aims to become a frontrunner in low-carbon hydrogen production.

Citaglobal and Masdar Sign MOU to Investigate 2GW Clean Energy Development in Pahang, Malaysia

Citaglobal Bhd and its subsidiary companies, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar), a leading clean energy company from the UAE, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly pursue renewable energy projects encompassing solar, battery energy storage system (BESS), wind, and other renewable technologies. The signing ceremony for the MoU took place in Malaysia and involved Abdulla Zayed, Masdar’s Head of Development and Investment, along with Citaglobal’s Executive Chairman and President, Tan Sri (Dr.) Mohamad Norza Zakaria. The agreement aims to explore and develop clean energy initiatives that will contribute to sustainable and eco-friendly solutions.

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Mibet Energy Forms Strategic Partnership With Zing Energy For Solar Floating Solutions

Mibet Energy, a prominent player in the floating PV field, has announced a strategic partnership with Zing Energy, an Israeli enterprise specializing in solar floating systems and mounting structures. Leveraging their expertise in floating PV and large-scale projects, the collaboration aims to provide top-notch local services to customers in the region. This powerful alliance solidifies Mibet’s leading position in the floating solar solutions market and promises to drive long-term growth and development for both companies in Israel and neighboring areas. Recently, Israel’s Energy Ministry announced an investment of 25 million new shekels (6.96 million U.S. dollars) in innovative research and development (R&D) ventures within the energy and water sector.

Jordan Renewable Energy Fund Completes Residential Solar Program’s Second Phase

The Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) recently completed the second phase of its 2022-2023 program, aimed at promoting the residential use of solar panels. Through a 30% subsidy, JREEEF partnered with local associations and banks to install solar water heating systems in 4,500 households and supported 1,500 households with solar panels in this phase. The total cost of the project was JD10 million, with JD3.5 million provided by the fund to cover system costs. JREEEF plans to continue the initiative with a new phase in 2023-2024, maintaining the same mechanisms and conditions, in collaboration with banks and local associations.

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DEWA Completes 676 Distribution Substations In The First Half Of 2023 Across Dubai

In the first half of 2023, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) successfully deployed 676 11kV distribution substations across Dubai. These substations were constructed with utmost quality and efficiency, requiring a total of 505,684 man-hours and creating job opportunities for new customers. DEWA’s commitment to providing advanced and integrated electricity and water infrastructure aligns with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The expansion plans are strategically designed to cater to the growing demand in Dubai until 2030, taking into account demographic and economic growth in the Emirate.

Ajlan & Bros Holding and SolarEdge Technologies form a Joint Venture to Accelerate Solar Adoption in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., a global leader in smart energy technology, announced today the forming of a joint venture (JV) with Ajlan & Bros Holding (ABH), one of the largest private sector conglomerates in the Middle East and North Africa region. The JV entity will be established in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The JV is being formed to support the deployment of smart renewable energy solutions in Saudi Arabia, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative that aims to reduce the country’s dependence on oil by the end of this decade. Leveraging the established position of ABH in Saudi Arabia and the vast experience accumulated by SolarEdge in smart energy technology, the JV will offer enterprises in the country solutions from SolarEdge’s portfolio of systems for energy generation, storage, and management as well as site modelling and energy transition consultancy.

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EU And UNDP Launches Joint Study For Solar Power Plant In Cyprus

The European Commission together with UNDP Cyprus has launched an EU-funded study for a bicommunal solar power plant in Cyprus, which will be carried out by a renowned company from Germany. Funded by the Commission’s Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community with EUR 325,000 and managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this study is an important step in building a more integrated and sustainable electricity system in Cyprus. It is expected to foster cooperation between the two communities of the island while supporting the objectives of the European Green Deal. Experts appointed by each Cypriot community will also participate in the study.

Hyundai E&C Bags $145 Million Power Transmission Contract In Saudi Arabia

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, the second-largest builder in South Korea, has secured a lucrative contract worth $145 million to install power transmission lines in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed with a Saudi state power company, entails the construction of a 207-kilometer section of a 525-kilovolt, 605-kilometer transmission line connecting the new city of Neom to Yanbu, the country’s western port. The comprehensive turnkey project, scheduled for completion in July 2027, will also involve the construction of approximately 450 transmission towers.

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