Week In MiddleEast: Masdar, EDF Renewables, And Nesma To Develop 1,100 MW Al Henakiyah Solar Plant In Saudi Arabia; Veolia And TotalEnergies Power Oman’s Largest Solar Farm For Desalination Plant; And More

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Masdar, EDF Renewables, And Nesma To Develop 1,100 MW Al Henakiyah Solar Plant In Saudi Arabia


Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar), EDF Renewables, and Nesma Company have entered a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) to construct the 1,100 MW Al Henakiyah solar power plant. Post-operation, the project is anticipated to supply electricity to over 190,000 homes annually and mitigate more than 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly. In a bid to enhance the local economy, at least 19 per cent of the construction phase’s equipment, materials, and services will be sourced from Saudi companies. Additionally, during the initial decade of operations, Saudi nationals are expected to constitute 50 per cent of the project’s workforce, with this proportion rising to 75 per cent throughout the project’s entire operational lifespan.


Veolia And TotalEnergies Power Oman’s Largest Solar Farm For Desalination Plant


H.E. Eng. Salim bin Nasser Al-Aufi, the Minister of Energy and Minerals in Oman, has officially inaugurated a 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) farm designed to power the Sharqiyah Desalination Plant in Sur, Oman. This solar farm, the largest of its kind for a desalination facility in Oman, boasts an annual capacity of over 32,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green electricity, which will cover the plant’s entire daytime consumption. Developed in partnership between Veolia and TotalEnergies, the solar plant is a significant step toward decarbonization efforts in the region, as it is expected to reduce approximately 27,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from roughly 6,000 internal combustion engine-powered vehicles over the same period.

Bahrain’s Northern Municipal Council Greenlights Solar-Powered Illumination For Public Spaces

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In an effort to enhance environmental sustainability and reduce reliance on traditional power sources, public parks, walkways, beachfronts, and gardens in Bahrain may soon be illuminated using solar energy. The Northern Municipal Council has approved a proposal to implement this initiative in all municipal facilities in the Northern Governorate. Vice-chairwoman Zaina Jassim, who presented the proposal, highlighted Bahrain’s commitment to sustainable development and eco-friendly approaches. The move is expected to decrease reliance on the national electricity grid by up to 15% in each municipal facility during the initial phase. Jassim hopes the government will cover the cost of solar panels as they become more efficient and affordable. The Minister of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, Wael Al Mubarak, will make the final decision on the recommendation. If approved, the initiative could be expanded to include all facilities across the kingdom.

Menlo Electric and Tongwei Solar Join Hands to Drive Solar Innovation in the EMEA Region

In a move set to reshape the solar landscape in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, Menlo Electric, the burgeoning solar component distributor, has officially partnered with Tongwei Solar, a Fortune Global 500 PV brand and one of the top five Tier 1 module manufacturers worldwide. This partnership is aimed at harnessing Tongwei Solar’s cutting-edge capabilities and leveraging Menlo Electric’s expanding footprint in the region, to provide solar solutions in the EMEA solar market. Tongwei Solar, known for its remarkable accomplishments over the last 41 years, has achieved consistent growth and currently boasts the highest global market share in high-purity polysilicon production and sales.

Oman’s Ibri Solar Independent Power Project Achieves Remote Operation Milestone

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The Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), responsible for the country’s transmission grids, has announced the successful completion of tests to enable remote operation of the Ibri Solar Independent Power Project (IPP), also known as Ibri II Solar IPP. This project has a capacity of 500 MW, making it the largest grid-connected utility-scale solar power initiative currently operating in Oman. Located in Al Dhahirah Governorate, the project is owned by the Shams Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company (SDGC), a partnership between ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), and Alternative Energy Projects Co (AEPC).

Sineng Electric Signs a 250 MW Distribution Agreement with Menlo Electric

Sineng Electric, a global leading manufacturer of PV and energy storage inverters, has inked a distribution agreement with Menlo Electric, the fastest-growing PV distributor in EMEA. Under the agreement, Sineng will supply 250 MW of PV inverters to Menlo Electric, significantly advancing the ongoing decarbonization efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. To address the surging energy needs and achieve socio-economic benefits, the energy landscape in MENA is undergoing a transformation towards renewable energy sources. In line with the ambitious low-carbon goals, Sineng Electric is well-prepared to amplify brand awareness, extend the market footprint and promote the adoption of its energy-efficient, eco-conscious energy solutions, leveraging the extensive sales and service network of Menlo Electric.

SODIC And EME Partner To Install 400 Rooftop Solar Plants At VYE Development In Egypt

SODIC, a real estate developer, and Electro-Mechanical for Energy (EME) have entered into an agreement to install 400 rooftop solar plants at SODIC’s VYE development. This project, the largest residential solar initiative in Africa, boasts a 2-megawatt capacity and an annual production potential of 3.5 gigawatt-hours. It is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,600 tons, equivalent to planting 35,000 trees. The contract signing involved Ayman Amer, General Manager of SODIC, and Mohamed El-Sheikh, CEO of EME, along with EME’s partners, Suntech for Solar Modules and Sungrow for Inverters, two major international companies in the field.

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Saudi Power Procurement Company Signs PPA For 400 MW Tabarjal Solar PV Project

The Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the 400 MW Tabarjal Solar PV project in Round 4 of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). The PPA was inked with a consortium led by Jinko Power (HK) Company Limited, along with Sun Glare Holding Co. and Sunlight Energy Holding Co. This solar project is expected to provide electricity to approximately 75,000 homes annually, and it has achieved a competitive Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) at 1.70795 USDc/kWh (6.40482 halalas/kWh). The NREP, overseen by the Ministry of Energy, is aligned with Vision 2030’s goals, aiming to diversify the energy mix and reduce reliance on liquid fuels, with the target of achieving a 50% share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030.

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