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The Salalah 2 independent power project (IPP) in Oman

Oman IPP reaches financial close Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Seven local and international banks finance project

With the US Congress and Senate returning for their autumn sessions in September, the business community is hopeful that a renewal of Exim Bank’s authorisation can be passed

US Exim Bank shutdown affects Middle East projects Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Paralysis at export credit agency will damage US more than Middle East

UAE firm signs Egypt solar agreement

Bidders wait on award for Saudi power project Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Final prices were received on 9 July

Kuwait makes progress with major infrastructure schemes

Kuwait makes progress with major infrastructure schemes Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Airport contract approved days after final deal was awarded for Al-Zour North refinery

Power plant

Kuwait prequalifies developers for Al-Khiran IWPP Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Seven groups prequalified to participate in bidding for Kuwait’s third planned IWPP

Abu Dhabi capital city of the UAE

Taqa closes $3.1bn loan Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Refinancing at improved rates

Power transmission

Iraq seeks private electricity network provider Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Baghdad seeking private company to operate and maintain distribution network

Power plant

Acwa Power taps Saudi banks Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Developer increases credit financing facilities

Power plant

Kuwait approves $10bn power and water projects Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Projects will boost country’s power generation capacity by 3,850MW

Kuwait could tender Al-Zour North 2 and Al-Khiran independent water and power projects in 2015

Kuwait prequalifies seven for Al-Zour North 2 IWPP Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Prequalification entries were received in April

Combined-cycle power plant

Saudi Arabia extends bid deadline for Fadhili IPP Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

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

Electricity substation

ABB wins Saudi electricity deal Subscription Required

13 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Swiss firm will upgrade five electrical substations

Dubai invites bids for Hassyan substation

Dubai invites bids for Hassyan substation Subscription Required

13 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Substation will be used to connect planned coal plant to grid

Power plant

Four bidding for Fadhili IPP Subscription Required

12 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

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

Solar power

Spanish company signs Iran renewable power agreement Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Deal is second major contract signed with an EU company in August

Power plant

Agreements signed for Oman IPP Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three major agreements signed for power project

Hydroelectric power

Morocco prequalifies three for hydropower project Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Scheme is part of Rabat’s ambitious renewable energy programme

Iran signs power deal with Armenia

Iran to finance Armenian power link Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The 18-month project will allow exchange of electricity

Kuwait is experiencing a rapid growth in demand for electricity

Iran invites bid for electricity project Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Work will involve installing transmission lines and substations

Iranian firm to build Iraqi power plant

Iranian firm to build Iraqi power plant Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant will be developed as an independent power project (IPP)

Comment

Hossam Abougabal

Abu Rawash PPP could set new precedent for Egypt Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The project could show investors that Egypt is willing to work with the private sector on major infrastructure projects

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait must maintain momentum Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Government cannot let lower oil prices derail vital infrastructure schemes

Andrew Roscoe

Power deal shows Iran needs money more than technology Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Tehran is targeting investment from Europe and Asia

Andrew Roscoe

Saudi utilities market disappoints private sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Traditional procurement methods are being favoured ahead of private sector involvement

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

Andrew Roscoe

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

Kevin Baxter

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

Analysis

Top 100 projects Q2 2015

Iraq projects market value collapses in Top 100 projects index Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Robert Jones

But the value of the index in the second quarter edges higher

Power plant

Saudi Arabia and Qatar prop up GCC power sector Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Power contract awards down 58 per cent year-on-year

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Dubai and Abu Dhabi power supply and demand

Abu Dhabi prepares energy overhaul Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The need to restructure the UAE’s energy sector has grown more urgent following the launch of the country’s nuclear power programme

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

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