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Solar

Masdar investing in rooftop solar in Egypt

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Off-grid projects will provide electricity for 61,000 homes

Renewables

Companies express interest in Egypt renewables scheme

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson , Andrew Roscoe

Prequalified companies due to be announced in December

Mostafa Madbouly

Egypt plans major housing, utility and infrastructure projects

27 November 2014

Social housing, water and sewerage, road network and north coast development programme are Egypt’s immediate priorities, says Egyptian minister

Kuwait on track to meet growing power and water demand

Kuwait on track to meet growing power and water demand Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ministry says water consumption will increase by 40 per cent by 2020

Pylon

Saudi Arabia’s Qurrayah IPP set for full operation in January 2015 Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Power plant will add 3,927MW to the grid when fully commissioned

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Italian agency guaranteeing $261m loan

Abengoa wins Morocco electricity transmission contract

Abengoa wins Morocco electricity transmission contract Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Work involves construction and operation of 210km of power lines

Dubai tenders construction of solar centre

Dubai tenders construction of solar centre Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Centre at Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park will have sustainable design

Kuwait projects market

Kuwait projects market to hit record high in 2014 Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

A total of $33.4bn is due to be awarded in Kuwait’s projects market over the year

 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 Subscription Required

25 November 2014 | By Richard Thompson

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Kuwait City

Kuwait PPP draft regulations on schedule

25 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

PTB will become executive authority named Public Authority for public-private partnerships

Algeria is no longer planning to provide solar power generated in the Sahara Desert to southern Europe

Algeria drops 10,000MW energy export plans Subscription Required

24 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

343MW of solar projects under way to meet local demand

Renewable energy

Egypt invites interest in 4300MW renewables programme Subscription Required

23 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Huge interest before 26 November deadline for proposals

Rooftop solar panels

UAE signs rooftop solar MoU with ABB Subscription Required

23 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

ABB will develop pilot grid-connected PV panels

Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau is unable to issue tenders until the Council of Ministers issues executive regulations for two laws relating to public-private partnerships

Kuwait on hold for PPP bylaws Subscription Required

23 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Project delays caused by wait for Council of Ministers to agree new regulations

Acwa Power submits low tariff for 100MW Dubai solar scheme

Acwa Power submits low tariff for 100MW Dubai solar scheme Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

A total of 10 prequalified groups submitted bids on 20 November

Pylon

Alstom wins transmission contract in Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

French company will supply AC transmission systems for western province installations

Saudi energy mix in 2032

Saudi Arabia receives technical bids for Duba integrated power plant Subscription Required

17 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Gas fired power plant will contain an integrated solar power system

Norwegian firm to develop three solar projects in Jordan

Norwegian firm to develop three solar projects in Jordan Subscription Required

17 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plants will provide total annual revenue of $17m

US plans environmental standards attache for GCC to help countries reduce energy footprint

US plans environmental standards attache for GCC

17 November 2014 | By Robert Jones

Attache will help region reduce energy and environmental footprint

Comment

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

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

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

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

Egypt

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

Kuwait

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

Analysis

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

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

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