Week In MiddleEast: Masdar Selected As Preferred Bidder For 1,800 MW Phase VI Of Dubai’s Solar Park; Bahrain Advances Climate Goals With 72 MW Solar Power Plant; And More

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Masdar Selected As Preferred Bidder For 1,800MW Phase VI Of Dubai’s Solar Park


HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority PJSC (DEWA), has announced that the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar is the Preferred Bidder to build and operate the 1,800MW 6th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park for using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, costing up to AED 5.51 billion. DEWA has achieved, through this phase VI, the lowest Levelised Cost Of Energy (LCOE) of USD 1.6215 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for any of DEWA’s Solar IPP Projects so far. DEWA has received 23 expressions of interest from international applicants to develop this project. Subsequently, the Request for Qualification (RFQ) was released to market on 15th November 2022.

Bahrain Advances Climate Goals With 72-Megawatt Solar Power Plant Project


Yasser bin Ibrahim Humaidain, the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, has confirmed that the agreements for the implementation of the 72-Megawatt (MW) solar power plant project align with the government’s commitment, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to support initiatives addressing climate change challenges. He stated that the project’s goal is to fulfil the country’s targets of carbon emissions reduction and achieving net zero emissions by 2060. While overseeing the signing ceremony for the agreements, the minister emphasized that this project, a part of Bahrain’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, underscores the significance of expanding solar energy adoption to safeguard the environment and secure resource sustainability.

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UAE’s EWEC To Conduct Its Q3 2023 Clean Energy Certificates Auction

EWEC (Emirates Water and Electricity Company), a leading company in the integrated coordination of planning, purchasing and supply of water and electricity across the UAE, announced it will conduct its Q3 auction for Clean Energy Certificates (CECs) in Abu Dhabi, with registration now open and the auction closing on 14 September 2023. The upcoming auction is the latest in a series of successful auctions conducted by EWEC. The Q2 auction in June attracted a record number of participants, including a significant number of new entrants from diverse industries, including district cooling, artificial intelligence, and driver education, emphasising the continued growth and awareness of this key scheme that enables industries to enhance the sustainability of their operations.

Qatar Red Crescent Provides Solar Power System To Al-Quds Hospital In Gaza

As part of its interventions to develop the health sector in Gaza, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has provided Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza with a solar power system, to mitigate the impact of power outages on the blockade, which last for over 12 hours a day. Dr Akram Nassar, head of QRCS’s representation office in Gaza, said the project would help ensure the continuity of health services for patients at the hospital’s facilities. Under the QR 1.6 million project, 498 solar panels were installed to supply the hospital with 323 kilowatts of electricity.

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Al Gihaz Contracting Awarded NEOM Mountain Substation Construction Contract

The contract for the construction of the NEOM Mountain 380/132kV substation in the forward-looking NEOM mega-city of Saudi Arabia has been awarded to Al Gihaz Contracting Company Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). This significant contract, valued at SAR 744 million ($198.3 million), marks a significant advancement for the ambitious energy infrastructure project. The project’s extent involves establishing a cutting-edge indoor Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) at 380/132kV capacity, referred to as NEOM Mountain BSP.

Iran Inaugurates 10MW Solar Power Plant In Semnan Province

Iran launched a new solar power plant in Semnan Province on August 11, 2023. The plant, which is located in the city of Damghan, has a capacity of 10 megawatts and is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes. The launch ceremony was attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who said that the plant is a “major step” towards achieving Iran’s goal of generating 5 gigawatts of solar power by 2025. He also said that Iran is committed to using renewable energy to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. The new solar power plant is the latest in a series of renewable energy projects that Iran has launched in recent years.

Oman’s 400kV Overhead Lines Project Nears Completion, Enhancing Power Transmission

The construction progress of Oman’s 400kV overhead lines connecting Barik and Suwayhat grid stations has reached an impressive 99%, as confirmed by the Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC). With this accomplishment, OETC is now focused on wrapping up the remaining tasks and plans to energize the Suwayhat grid station by the end of the current month. This development is poised to have a positive impact on Oman’s power transmission system, addressing the increasing demand for electricity. Undertaken by OETC, the construction of the 400kV overhead lines is a critical initiative aimed at bolstering the power transmission infrastructure and enhancing grid reliability within Oman.

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Solar Tech Plans 314 MW Capacity Of New Solar Projects In Israel

Solar Tech, a company under the umbrella of Israeli developer Teralight, has outlined its intentions to construct 314 MW of fresh solar ventures throughout Israel, as per a recent announcement made to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The solar projects are divided into two distinct categories of sub-installations. The initial 164 MW cluster, encompassing solar fences and aquaculture photovoltaic (PV) initiatives, will be established at undisclosed sites throughout Israel. As part of this arrangement, the local bank will extend a credit ceiling of ILS 510 million (equivalent to USD 137 million).

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