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Liquefied natural gas terminal

Morocco launches $4.6bn LNG project Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Scheme will increase Moroccan power generation from natural gas

Mena power capacity 2012

Renewables industry not worried about oil price Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Priority concerns are subsidies and government commitment

Power

Fewa revises northern emirates utility tariffs Subscription Required

17 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Revisions will increase cost of water by 0.5 fils per gallon

Kuwait retenders 50MW concentrated solar power plant

Kuwait retenders 50MW solar plant Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Bids were first submitted for the project in November 2013

Egypt issues equipment tenders for power plants

Egypt issues equipment tenders for power plants Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bids due by 22 January on mechanical and pipe installation contracts

Co-generation power plant

Saudi Arabia expected to tender Fadhili IPP in 2015 Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Request for proposals for Fadhili cogeneration plant was initially expected in September

Wartsila wins Oman IPP construction deal

Wartsila wins Oman IPP construction deal Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Finnish company will build 120MW dual-fired plant in northern Musandam area

The 301MW Tarfaya wind farm in Morocco

Moroccan wind farm comes online Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Africa’s largest wind farm at 301MW now fully operational

Solar energy

Jordan gives developers more time on solar projects Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sun Edison has reached financial close

Qatar peak power demand

Qatar has clarification meetings with Facility D IWPP bidders Subscription Required

14 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Consortium led by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation is favourite to win development contract

Solar

UAE firm to develop Uganda solar project Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

10MW photovoltaic project will receive funding from European development fund

Power transmission in Oman

Abengoa awarded electricity project in Oman Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

OETC continue investing in Oman’s electricity

Solar panels

More than 40 firms vie for Abu Dhabi solar project Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Noor 1 solar project will have a photovoltaic (PV) capacity of 100MW

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Take part in MEED’s survey to identify the key trends that will shape the Middle East economy in 2030

Nuclear power

Abu Dhabi focuses on demand side management Subscription Required

9 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Peak demand power growing at 8 per cent a year

Masdar will begin evaluating various techniques for desalination using renewable energy at four pilot sustainable desalination projects from early 2015

Masdar pilots sustainable desalination

9 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Four projects to evaluate different technologies

Shams solar project meets annual production target in November

Shams solar meets production target

9 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Plant has already produced 210GW/h since commercial output began in September

solar

UAE could achieve 10 per cent renewable share by 2030

8 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Falling costs of solar makes the figure achievable, MEED conference told

Abu Dhabi nuclear project

Abu Dhabi nuclear project on schedule for first power in 2017

8 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Construction work on first unit is more than 60 per cent complete

Gas turbines

SEC issues equipment tenders for major power plants Subscription Required

2 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

PP13 and PP14 plants will both have a capacity of 1,650MW

Comment

Photovotaic solar power

Renewables can wait out low oil prices

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

In the long term, the strategic advantage of renewables will only increase

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

Egypt renewables

Egypt commits to renewables

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo now faces the challenges of implementing and financing the projects

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market

27 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity

While Abu Dhabi's decision to reform tariffs is a brave one, implementing them will prove the real challenge

Abu Dhabi leads the way with tariff reform

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Enforcing new utility tariffs may provide stiff challenge for government

Abu Dhabi’s decision to reform electricity and water tariffs is a bold move

Abu Dhabi takes bold step with tariff reform

13 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

It will be interesting to see when the other GCC states will follow suit

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Erbil remains committed to development

6 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

The renewables market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region

Region must focus on renewables

30 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Despite missed targets, the market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East

Power generation

Power leads privatisation drive in Oman

30 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Creating a spot market for electricity pricing is the latest plan for the country’s utility sector

Acwa Power shows local developers can succeed

Acwa Power shows local developers can succeed

23 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Saudi firm’s rise demonstrates local companies can play major part in utility sector

Dubai serious about power

Dubai serious about power Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emirate is making sure it avoids the potential supply shortfall facing Abu Dhabi

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises interesting questions

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises questions Subscription Required

9 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Selection of government company may contradict emirate’s liberalisation goals

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

There has been years of talk with little action

Dubai’s planned energy programme states that by 2030, 12 per cent of its power will come from coal

Can coal ever be clean? Subscription Required

25 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Doubts emerge over carbon capture as UAE considers expanding on coal use

The Energy Ministry estimates that by 2020, about a quarter of the country's power will be generated by the nuclear sector, after the start-up of the nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi in 2017

UAE shifts energy priorities Subscription Required

25 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

New Energy Ministry directorate designed to face changing landscape in global energy sector

Pylon

Energy key to Jordan’s security Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman has been forced to buy expensive fuel oil to meet the shortfall in gas supplies

Solar

Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman’s alternative energy setback could prove a valuable lesson for the country and the wider region

Renewable energy

Saudi Arabia renewables plans falter Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The future of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is not clear

Analysis

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

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai commits to sustainability Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

As one of the only renewable energy programmes to have made any real progress in the Middle East, Dubai is taking great strides with its integrated strategy

Power

Saudi Electricity Company awards $2.9bn of contracts Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

State utility has already awarded more transmission contracts in the second quarter than for whole of 2013

Additional capacity requirements 2013-20

Mirfa IWPP marks first private utility award of the year Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three independent utility schemes were awarded in 2013

Power

GCC power contract awards up in 2014 Subscription Required

2 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project contract awards in power sector up 21 per cent year-on-year for first six months of 2014

Nuclear power

Egypt makes another tilt at nuclear power Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By David Butter

President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi named the El-Dabaa nuclear power among his priority national projects in his first speech following his inauguration. The challenge is making it a reality

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