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Iran plans to buy 80 wind turbines for southeastern province Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

More than 200 wind turbines are already operating in Iran, says renewables organisation

Power

Four line up for Oman power project Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Bids are due in August

Kuwait power

Kuwait suffers power outage Subscription Required

1 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Failure at Subiya power plant resulted in power interruptions

Power

Oman transmission company raises $1bn Subscription Required

31 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

First international rated corporate bond from Oman

Electrical power station

Contracts signed on Salalah 2 IPP Subscription Required

31 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Power plant to have 445MW capacity

Jordan solar financiers

Jordan solar fully financed Subscription Required

28 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

All round-one projects have reached a financial close

Planned Facility D ownership

Qatar looks to Japan for Facility D finance Subscription Required

28 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Consortium in discussions with banks

Solar

Terms of Shams Dubai make financing a challenge Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Investors look to build up rooftop solar portfolios

Wind farm

Jordan signs wind power purchase agreement Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

First wind project on feed-in tariff scheme to progress

Amman

Jordan sees energy investment boost Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

$6.9bn of agreements inked at World Economic Forum

Electrical power station

Tepco buys Abu Dhabi stake Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Increased role in power plant

Power plant

Alba plans new power plant Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The project is part of the steel producer’s ambitious expansion plans

Electric Industrial generator inside power plant

Facility D consortium seeks financing Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Winning developer in negotiations

Solar panels

Jordan solar projects close financing Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Latest projects in first round reach a financial close

Qatar seeks further prices from Facility D independent water and power plant bidders

Qatar signs Facility D contract Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Japanese-led consortium was selected as preferred bidder in early March

Phoenix power company

Investors respond positively to Sur IPO Subscription Required

24 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Listings in Oman are driven by government priorities

Jordan

Jordan plans $20bn of projects Subscription Required

24 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

2025 plan will be largely driven by public private initiatives

Power

Al-Zour North 1 starts generation Subscription Required

24 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

New capacity will cover summer demand peaks

Six groups have submitted bids for the contract to develop Iraq’s first publicly tendered independent power project

Emal evaluates bids for power project Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Expansion will boost capacity by 235MW

Power plant

Dubal extends deadline for power plant expansion Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand captive power plant capacity for aluminium producer

Comment

Andrew Roscoe 2

Japanese gain ground in region’s utilities market Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Companies from Japan have won the first three major developer contracts of the year

Philippa Wilkinson

Renewables financing deals show opportunities Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Financing for renewables projects still relies on development banks

Water desalination plant

Kuwait makes fresh start with PPP programme Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

New economic climate of lower oil prices has raised the importance of private sector partnerships

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

Coal-fired power plant

Acwa strengthens position in Dubai Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Saudi developer has submitted lowest tariff prices for two different fuel platforms

Renewables

Private sector wakes up to Egyptian renewables Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabian interest shows confidence in potential for profit

Kuwait’s peak electricity demand is growing at 8 per cent a year

Kuwait independent power market to return Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Reforms mean progress is expected, but not without teething problems

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Excitement over Egypt, but Saudi Arabia’s plans remain unclear

Banks to support Orascom-Ipic coal plant in Egypt

Progress with Egypt power schemes welcomed Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Cairo must ensure progress is made with all preliminary agreements for vital generation projects

Refinery

The real work at Jizan starts now Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The execution phase will offer up some huge challenges at the extremely complex scheme

Andrew Roscoe

Dubai delivers on solar Subscription Required

16 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

As other countries rethink or slow their renewable energy plans, the emirate pushes ahead

Gas power station

Saudi Arabia moves on power Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Progress with the Fadhili IPP shows Riyadh’s commitment to developing its own gas resources

Dubai takes up region’s solar mantle

Dubai takes up region’s solar mantle Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emirate is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most attractive solar markets

Rabat serious about solar power

Rabat serious about solar power Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Latest progress shows Morocco is focusing on its aim to reach 42 per cent renewable generation

Renewables

The quiet demise of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy ambitions Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Shifting strategy in the kingdom leaves long-term energy dilemma

Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabia renewables disappointment Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Kingdom expected to be one of the region’s smaller renewables markets

The Egyptian government is committed to implementing coal-fired schemes on a large scale

Cairo turns to coal Subscription Required

17 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Government forecasts it needs an additional 54GW of capacity to tackle power outages

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt renewables scheme faces hurdles Subscription Required

10 March 2015

Authorities and developers working towards solutions for feed-in tariff projects

Kevin Baxter

Aramco pushing ahead with Jizan refinery Subscription Required

5 March 2015

The $20bn investment is expected to drive growth in the remote area of Saudi Arabia

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend Subscription Required

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

Analysis

Richard Thompson

Top 10 trends shaping the Middle East: 5-1 Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

MEED outlines the biggest trends impacting the region

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by sector, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE sees opportunity in instability Subscription Required

27 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Firm’s CEO of distributed power talks about supply and generation challenges in region

Refinery

Jizan enters next phase Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Construction of refinery and power plant will offer up some serious challenges for Saudi Aramco

Wind power a contender in North Africa

Wind power a contender in North Africa Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Latest bid prices put onshore wind in Egypt on par with gas generation

Renewables

Saudi Arabia retreats from renewables Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Saudi Arabia is the most irradiated country on Earth, but it is slashing plans for the world’s biggest solar power programme

Egypt attracts almost $100bn of investment deals

Egypt attracts $130bn of investment deals Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Robert Jones

Country seeks finance to rebuild infrastructure and kick-start economy

Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO, Acwa Power

Acwa Power builds up international portfolio Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO of Saudi utility firm Acwa Power, has his sights firmly set on turning the company into the most cost-effective renewable energy provider in the Middle East and North Africa

Cairo

Cairo faces similar difficulties to Amman Subscription Required

27 January 2015

For developers and clients, Egypt’s wind and solar feed-in tariff programme is a learning curve, which will be shaped by dialogue and trial and error

Mena power capacity

Pivotal year for renewables projects Subscription Required

27 January 2015

This year is likely to be a game-changer for alternative energy developers, with lower tariffs and new technology reducing costs for renewable energy schemes

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Concentrated solar power scheme

Solar market optimistic over region’s renewables prospects Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

UAE solar firm Enviromena says major solar programmes will move forward in spite of the drop in oil prices

Illustration of Lucas Hautvast

Interview: Lucas Hautvast, CEO and president, GDF Suez Energy Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The new South Asia, Middle East and Africa head of GDF Suez explains how financing models are changing in the region’s private developer market

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy Subscription Required

1 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo recently launched 4,300MW direct proposal renewable energy programme

Crunch: Abu Dhabi faces a shortfall of water next year unless new capacity comes online or demand decreases

A brave move by Abu Dhabi on water tariffs Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

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