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Kuwait issues PPP regulations Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Stalled public private partnership projects to go ahead

Dubai energy strategy 2030

Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Solar

Dewa and Acwa sign solar contract Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi company to develop 200MW solar photovoltaic plant

Photovoltaic solar power

Morocco considers solar projects Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Two potential solar photovoltaic plants proposed

Dubai extends deadline for coal IPP

Dubai extends deadline for coal IPP Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight consortiums invited to bid for coal plant

Nuclear power

Jordan signs $10bn nuclear deal Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Agreement sets legal foundation for nuclear power

Solar energy

Morocco invites Noor IV interest Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Next phase of the Noor-Ouarzatate Solar Complex to use photovoltaic technology

Solar panel connection

Masdar to fund Morocco solar homes Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Houses to be equipped with solar systems

Combined-cycle power plant

Firms prepare bids for Saudi PP9 power project Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Combined-cycle conversion project will boost plant’s capacity by 240MW

Dhofar power plant

Mitsui consortium wins Salalah 2 IPP Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Japanese-led consortium will develop 400MW power plant in the southern Dhofar governorate

Power generation mix 2022

Acwa Power submits only bid for Egypt IPP Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Dairout independent power project is first tendered IPP since late 1990s

Saudi Arabia power demand

Bids invited for Waad al-Shamal power plant Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Commercial proposals due in early April

Fuel consumption for power and peak power demand

Saudi Arabia scales down renewables Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Renewables industry lowers expectations as SEC takes lead

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake Subscription Required

18 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Nebras Power to acquire 24 per cent interest in 241MW facility

Kuwait needs to grow capacity to 25,500MW in order to meet rising demand

Kuwait appoints new minister of water and electricity Subscription Required

18 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Predecessor’s resignation followed February power cut and clashes with parliament

Banks to support Orascom-Ipic coal plant in Egypt

Banks to support Orascom-Ipic coal plant

17 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Several other coal projects will also require bank debt

A minimum of 12.5GW of the new capacity will be developed through coal-fired plants

Egypt to develop 54GW of power capacity by 2022

16 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Programme will require total investment of $70bn

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Al-Sisi wants conference to be an annual event

16 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Egypt’s Economic Development Conference closes with ministers securing more than $130bn-worth of investments

Nuclear power

Egypt considering 4GW nuclear power partnership

16 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Cairo is planning strategic partnership rather than competitive tender for first project

Egypt signs first land deals for renewables programme

Egypt signs first land deals for renewables programme

16 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Developers have proposed 50MW solar schemes under direct proposal programme

Comment

Rabat serious about solar power

Rabat serious about solar power

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

24 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Shifting strategy in the kingdom leaves long-term energy dilemma

Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabia renewables disappointment

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

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

Rabat leads the way with renewables

Rabat leads the way with renewables Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

North African state has most ambitious renewable energy targets in the region

Shams 1

Renewables still feasible in the GCC Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Long-term questions over cheap oil

A general view of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

Hopes rise on reported Iran uranium deal Subscription Required

6 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tentative agreement on shipping weapons-grade material to Russia could aid upcoming nuclear talks

Iraq's decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism

Baghdad faces IPP challenge Subscription Required

22 December 2014

The government’s decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism due to the many challenges involved

Photovotaic solar power

Renewables can wait out low oil prices Subscription Required

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

Analysis

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

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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