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Non-oil sectors driving Saudi growth

16 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

About 37 per cent of projects under execution are in the transport sector


Riyadh's reserves offset risk from falling oil prices

16 September 2014 | By Richard Thompson

NCB Chief Eonomist Said al-Shaikh says Saudi Arabia is better placed than in the past to manage the risk from oil price drops

Dubai Business Bay

Empower secures Islamic financing facility Subscription Required

15 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Fund will be used to develop district cooling network in Dubai

Power generation

Oman extends deadline for Salalah power project Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

New closing date is in late October

Wind farm

Morocco receives bids for 850MW wind projects Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Five groups are competing for the schemes

Electric vehicle charging stations are being planned for Dubai

Solar and smart meters promote cleaner energy in Dubai

9 September 2014

Dewa pushes three major smart city initiatives

Photovoltaic solar power

Kuwait Oil Company awards solar energy contract Subscription Required

8 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Spanish company will build off-grid solar scheme at upstream facility

Power generation sources

Dubai invites eight to bid for clean coal project Subscription Required

7 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Utility received prequalification entries from 17 companies in May


Egyptian capital suffers power outages Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Power cuts led to suspension of services on Cairo Metro

Electricity substation

Siemens wins Saudi Arabia electricity contracts Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

German company will install components at a number of substations throughout the country

Electicite du Liban

Lebanon utility calls for end to strike Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Strikes over contracts have resulted in prolonged blackouts in some areas

Gas-fired power station

Nine groups shortlisted for Fadhili power and steam plant Subscription Required

3 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

15 groups submitted expressions of interest in August for the cogeneration plant

Power lines

Contractors complete Abu Dhabi's Shuweihat S3 power plant Subscription Required

2 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Facility will provide 1,600MW for residential and industrial schemes


Samsung Engineering in $2.5bn merger Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

One of the Middle East’s most active international contractors to join Samsung Heavy Industries

Power supply in rural Oman

Local firm wins Oman fuel contract for rural power facilities Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Fuel will be used for power stations outside of ulstanate’s main grid

Kuwait electricity cables

Kuwait extends deadline for overhead lines contract Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight contractors have been prequalified for the Kuwait overhead lines tender

Egypt parliament

Egyptian electricity officials sacked Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

All the eight sacked officials reportedly had links to the Muslim Brotherhood


Bidders wait for news on Qatar’s Facility D project Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Four consortiums submitted prices for Qatar’s independent power and water project in May


Dubai extends bid deadline for Jebel Ali plant expansion Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand M Station plant by 600MW

Solar power

Bids invited for Duba integrated solar and gas power plant Subscription Required

18 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Gas fired power plant will contain an integrated solar power system



Energy key to Jordan’s security

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

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


Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay

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


Egypt moves ahead with key power projects Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | Updated: 7 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Energy projects top the agenda for Egypt’s new government with atomic power proposed as the main solution

Renewable energy

Jordan sets model for renewables Subscription Required

12 June 2014

Amman has progressed with 12 solar projects, paving the way for other countries in the region to follow suit


Amendment to IWPP law could sideline PTB Subscription Required

5 June 2014

Proposed changes to Kuwait’s IWPP law will reduce the PTB’s role in the country’s power sector

integrated solar combined-cycle plant

SEC drives green energy efforts Subscription Required

1 May 2014

Saudi utility company comes to the rescue to bolster kingdom’s lacklustre renewables programme


Abu Dhabi edges closer to power shortage Subscription Required

24 April 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Without the addition of generation capacity, the emirate will struggle to address growing power demand

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding Subscription Required

10 April 2014

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors

Dubai solar commitments

Dubai committed to solar targets Subscription Required

20 March 2014

Progress on the emirate’s solar park shows it intends to remain a major player in the renewables market


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


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


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

Amman, capital city of Jordan

Amman moves on energy security Subscription Required

13 May 2014

Faced with rapidly rising demand for electricity and the disruption of cheap gas supplies from Egypt, Jordan has been making impressive progress with its alternative energy schemes in recent months

Abu Dhabi peak power demand forecast

Exports drive growth in Abu Dhabi electricity demand Subscription Required

24 April 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Abu Dhabi could face electricity shortfall by 2016 if extra capacity does not come online

Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC

Interview: Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC Subscription Required

4 March 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

The IFC’s head of Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa explains how the organisation is attracting private investment into the renewables sector

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