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Thermal power switch yard

Egypt pushes ahead with major power plants Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The plants will be among the largest thermal facilities in the country

Power transmission

Moody’s rates Oman utilities Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bond issue planned

Renewable energy

No time frame for Noor 1 tender Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Masdar shares renewables projects plans exclusively with MEED

Photovoltaic solar power

Egypt renewables PPAs released Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Developers studying draft documents and preparing feedback

Wind power

GDF Suez submits lowest bid for Egypt wind farm Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

Wind project will be located in Gulf of Suez

Wind power

Egypt opens wind farm bids Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Four consortiums submitted proposals for project

Refinery

Aramco awards final major Jizan package Subscription Required

20 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

$20bn refinery and power plant complex in southwest of Saudi Arabia ready to enter construction phase

Chinese firms submit studies for Egypt coal plants

Chinese firms submit studies for Egypt coal plants Subscription Required

19 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Companies signed initial agreements at recent development conference

Iraq invites renewables interest

Iraq invites renewables interest Subscription Required

19 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Four sites selected for projects

Saudi Arabia extends deadline for Duba power plant

Saudi Arabia extends deadline for Duba plant Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Facility will run on combination of gas and solar energy

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

Six groups seek Iraq IPP prequalification Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Independent power project will be located in southern area of country

Power generation

Dubai plans power plant expansion Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Feasibility study tendered

Solar energy

Northern Emirates to introduce solar power Subscription Required

12 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

100MW to be spread over several sites

Solar panels

Jordan prequalifies firms for solar scheme Subscription Required

12 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Europeans dominate list of 15 prequalified companies and consortiums

Water desalination plant

First contract tendered for Duqm power and water project Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

Project is being developed by the Centralised Utilities Company

Power lines

Oman considers new power and water projects Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

15 per cent jump in peak electricity demand drives capacity expansion

Power

Dubal invites bids for power plant expansion Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand captive power plant capacity for aluminium producer

Saudi power demand

Saudi Arabia invites bids for Fadhili IPP Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Cogeneration plant will be developed jointly by Saudi Aramco and Saudi Electricity Company

Solar

Abdul Latif Jameel acquires solar company Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Acquisition makes Saudi firm the GCC’s largest solar developer

Oman plans solar tender in 2015

Oman plans solar tender in 2015 Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Data collection at sites under way

Comment

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off

23 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

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

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

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

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

As the most populous Arab country, much of Egypt's infrastructure is ill-equipped to meet the needs of its people

All eyes on Egypt Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

International community eagerly anticipating country’s impending infastructure boom

Renewables

Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

First phase projects move toward financial close

Andrew Roscoe

IWPP opportunities in Kuwait Subscription Required

11 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

An overview of the country’s plans to move ahead with its much-delayed infrastructure schemes

Power

Kuwait must deliver on PPP programme Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Little progress made in the six years since the country established a public-private partnership body to develop major infrastructure projects

Renewable energy

KA-Care needs a fresh start Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Disbanding the supreme council for atomic and renewable energy was not a surprise

Coal-fired power plant

Coal back on the agenda Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

GCC and North Africa look to coal for power generation

Masdar International photovoltaic competition solar panels in Abu Dhabi

Dubai positions itself as region’s renewables hub Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emirate has become one of the most active renewable energy markets in the region

Analysis

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

Hi-tech: The Passivhaus features many environmentally friendly technologies

Doha Passivhaus sets green building standard Subscription Required

5 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

An environmentally friendly villa built as a pilot scheme in Qatar is setting a precedent in the GCC green building industry

Challenge: One barrier to developing alternative energy is the existence of fuel subsidies in the region

Region set to miss 2020 renewables target Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lack of regulatory frameworks holds back development of alternative energy in the Middle East and North Africa

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