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Power Generation

Middle East power generation news, analysis, tenders, contracts awarded, commentary and data. Keep up to date by signing up to MEED's power newsletter. If you are not a subscriber but need access then subscribe to the region's leading business intelligence service now

Power generation projects news

Siemens turbine

Siemens signs Qatar power deal Subscription

28 April, 2016 By

German company was awarded contract to provide turbines for power project in 2015

Waste-to-energy plant

Dubai preparing to tender waste-to-energy projectSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

The first phase of the scheme is planned to have a minimum capacity of 2,000 tonnes a day (t/d)

Combined-cycle power plant

UAE meets bidders for power plant expansionSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

Eight groups submitted prices for power plant conversion project

Solar power

Saudi Arabia sets 9.5GW renewable energy targetSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Details will be laid out in upcoming King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative

Solar power

Abu Dhabi to prequalify more than 30 for solar IPPSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Request for proposal documents will be issued imminently

Electricity transmission

GE to connect 7GW of power in EgyptSubscription

20 April, 2016 By

French components make up 50 per cent of the total project scope

Wind power

Morocco negotiates for wind farm loansSubscription

14 April, 2016 By

Development banks committed to wind project

sharjah investment center signing ceremony

Scan Electromechanical awarded UAE substation dealSubscription

13 April, 2016 By

Work is due to be completed in 20 months 

Market news

Power plant

IFC arranges Iraq power plant financing packageSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

Debt and equity package will include IFC’s first Islamic syndicated loan


Saudi king sacks water and electricity ministerSubscription

24 April, 2016 By

Abdullah al-Husayen was relieved of his portfolio by royal decree

Transformation: Riyadh remains committed to the restructuring of Saudi Electricity Company

Fitch downgrades Saudi Electricity CompanySubscription

17 April, 2016 By

Move follows sovereign downgrade earlier in April

Kuwait City

Kuwait parliament rejects electricity price hikeSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

National Assembly committee has instead put forward its own proposals

Cairo in Egypt

Egypt currency devaluation falls shortSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

Dollar scarcity worries still prevent project finance deals

Oil field

Taqa reduces lossesSubscription

31 March, 2016 By

More major capex costs to come


Kuwait appoints new head for PPP bodySubscription

29 March, 2016 By

Kuwait Investment Authority figure replaces Adel al-Roumi

Canadian company selected to study privatisation of power distribution in Muscat

Banks submit commitments for Oman electricity refinancingSubscription

28 March, 2016 By

Power company seeking long-term finance

Power generation trends

Mena contract awards March 2916

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2016Subscription

10 April, 2016

44 contracts totalling $12,834m were awarded in March 2016


GE transforms power services business with Alstom dealSubscription

5 April, 2016 By

Acquisition doubles size of US firm and the market available

Queen Alia airport

IFC steps up counter-cyclical investmentSubscription

10 March, 2016 By

Conflict and oil prices drive demand for development bank support

Solar power

The drive for solar in the Middle EastVideo

25 February, 2016 By ,

In the latest podcast MEED outlines government plans for greater power generation efficiency, the need for improved energy security and discuss plans in Saudi Arabia and Dubai

Olivier Musset, Societe Generale

Middle East is still a growth marketSubscription

25 February, 2016 By

Olivier Musset, global head of energy at French bank Societe Generale, tells MEED the lender is not worried about tightening liquidity

Advantages of employing renewables

Rethinking energySubscription

23 February, 2016 By

Why the Middle East is shifting its energy mix

Abdullah al-Shehri, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (Ecra)

How Riyadh is tackling power inefficienciesSubscription

23 February, 2016 By

Interview: Abdullah al-Shehri, governor of Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (Ecra), Saudi Arabia

Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park

Power shift: the region’s race to diversifySubscription

23 February, 2016 By

Governments are driving ahead with diversifying energy sources for electricity generation, but more needs to be done to ensure their power reforms succeed

MEED comment

Andrew Roscoe

Take two for Saudi Arabia's renewables programmeSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

New renewable energy target offers great hope, but lessons must be learned from past mistakes

Richard Thompson

Japan moves to restore Iran ties

18 March, 2016 By

Tokyo seeks to build on historic ties and supportive economic policies

Andrew Roscoe

Morocco cements position as region’s renewables leaderSubscription

17 March, 2016 By

Rabat is making impressive progress towards reaching its 42 per cent renewable energy goal

Philippa Wilkinson

The return of international banksSubscription

17 March, 2016 By

Growing space for global lenders in GCC finance may not be attractive

Andrew Roscoe

Region commits to nuclear powerSubscription

8 March, 2016 By

Algeria is the latest state to make progress with atomic energy plans

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman dominates GCC project financeSubscription

8 March, 2016 By

Two projects have Oman secured financing in March

Andrew Roscoe

Why governments are turning to coal and nuclearVideoSubscription

6 March, 2016 By

Utilities are seeking to diversify sources of energy for power generation

Philippa Wilkinson

Acwa Power gets strategic in JordanSubscription

3 March, 2016 By

Low tariff means solar project is unlikely to be lucrative

Special reports

Power developers rethink funding

Power developers rethink fundingSubscription

23 December, 2015

Welcome to the Middle East Power guide, produced by MEED in association with HSBC

Power plant

Power: Delaying projects is not an optionSubscription

27 October, 2015 By

Consumption of electricity will remain strong as populations continue to grow at a rapid rate

Sharjah city in the UAE

UAE: Northern emirates feel property pinchSubscription

10 September, 2015

There are concerns over the ability of the UAE’s smaller emirates to ride out the latest real estate slowdown


Power & Water: Drive towards efficiencySubscription

15 July, 2015

Most of the power plants being planned in the GCC today are combined-cycle facilities

Projects trends

Projects planned or under way 1 April 2016

Iran triggers mild fall on projects indexSubscription

6 April, 2016

South Pars phase 19 has been completed

Value of projects planned or under way, 6 Nov 2015

Saudi renewables programme drags down Gulf IndexSubscription

11 November, 2015 By

There have been no updates from KA-Care for almost two years

Gulf Project Index in week ending 23 October

Saudi Arabia continues to decline Subscription

26 October, 2015

Iran and Qatar only projects markets to record growth in value


Attarat Power CompanySubscription

Attarat Power Company is a subsidiary of Eesti Energia responsible for building Jordan’s oil shale power plant at Attarat Um Ghudran


Enviromena Power Systems (Enviromena) is active in the clean energy sector and constructs and develops photovoltaic power plants


Sander TrestainSubscription

16 October, 2014

Sander Trestain is founding partner and executive director of projects Enviromena Power Systems

Erik VoldnerSubscription

2 October, 2014Updated: 6 October, 2014

Erik Voldner is founding partner and executive director of operations Enviromena Power Systems

Lee Jae-SungSubscription

19 January, 2014

Lee Jae-Sung is chairman, Hyundai Heavy Industries

Suhaila MarafiSubscription

14 January, 2014

Suhaila Marafi is director of studies & research, Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait

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Andrew Roscoe
Power & Water Editor

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0237

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Iraq: Power transfer stationSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

Provision of a power transfer station

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