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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

Rooftop solar panels

Emirates airline installs rooftop solar facilitySubscription

14 February, 2016 By

Rooftop facility will generate up to 1MW at peak periods

New arm of Dubai aluminium company prequalified to bid for Hassyan coal-fired IPP

Coal developers go back to banks for more financeSubscription

11 February, 2016 By

Chinese lenders take the lead

Coal-fired power plant

Dubai may double capacity of Acwa Power’s coal projectSubscription

11 February, 2016 By

Saudi developer may win deal for 2,400MW coal project, rather than the original 1,200MW

Wind farm

Egypt prequalifies groups for 250MW wind schemeSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

West Nile facility will be developed as independent power project

Power plant

Kuwait extends bid deadline for power plant expansionSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

Project will extend capacity of existing Subiya facility by 750MW

Solar power

Egypt prequalifies groups for 200MW solar IPPSubscription

1 February, 2016 By

Photovoltaic (PV) plant will be located in the West Nile of Egypt

Power plant

GE wins Iraq power contractsSubscription

27 January, 2016 By

US firm will install equipment at 10 sites around the country

Dubai triples renewables target

Commercial banks say 'no' to Egyptian renewablesSubscription

24 January, 2016 By

No appetite from international lenders, development banks reach maximum capacity

Market news

Power plant

Saudi Arabia’s power sector will require $133bn investmentSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Peak power demand increased by 10.2 per cent in 2015

Power transmission

Saudi Arabia to award Egypt power link by middle of 2016Subscription

9 February, 2016 By

Electricity connection is due to be operational in 2019

Power transmission

Electricity connection planned between Saudi Arabia and TurkeySubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Electricity link could transport up to 10,000MW when fully completed

Power plant

Saudi Arabia to save $13bn by improving power sector efficiencySubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Converting existing power plants to combined cycle facilities will form key part of target

Electricity transmission

Saudi Arabia formulating national electricity strategy with World BankSubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Improving efficiency and implementing renewable energy programmes will form key components of strategy

Power projects

Oman seeks adviser for power generation programmeSubscription

7 February, 2016 By

Appointed firm will assist with competitive tendering process

Power plant

Oman seeks consultants for Ibri-Sohar IPPSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Firms have been invited to submit proposals for supervisory role

Electricity transmission

Oman appoints consultancies for electricity spot marketSubscription

28 January, 2016 By

Technical and legal consultants have been hired

Power generation trends

Target: Cairo is aiming for renewables to contribute 20 per cent of energy production by 2020

EFG eyes $6bn opportunity in Egyptian renewablesSubscription

26 January, 2016 By

Interview with Bakr Abdel Wahab, managing director and head of infrastructure at Cairo-based EFG Hermes Private Equity

The IMF estimates that on average, the richest 20 per cent of a nation benefits six times more from subsidies than the poorest 20 per cent

Cut subsidies and increase efficiencySubscription

24 January, 2016 By

Cheaper crude has convinced many regional governments to reform energy subsidies, a vital step towards changing the region’s wasteful habits    

Dubai takes up region’s solar mantle

Renewable energy contract awards up 450 per centSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Market is set for further growth in 2016

4 top 100 projects contract values by quarter, Q4 2015

Egypt a bright spot in declining Top 100 Projects indexSubscription

14 January, 2016 By

More falls could follow for the index tracker

Monthly contract awards, December 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2015Subscription

10 January, 2016 By

$13bn worth of contracts were awarded in December

A welcome development in Kuwait's economy in the past couple of years has been the emergence of its non-oil sector

Kuwaiti banks gear up for PPPSubscription

21 December, 2015 By

Kapil Kumra, head of project finance, foreign corporate group at the National Bank of Kuwait looks ahead to Kuwait’s project plans

majeed karim

Energy trading in GCC moves step closerVideoSubscription

25 November, 2015 By

The GCC wants to extend its electricity grid to be able to export and import energy beyond the bloc


Private equity targets energy and industry Subscription

23 November, 2015 By

Egypt infrastructure push creates opportunities

MEED comment

Andrew Roscoe

Riyadh targets improved efficiencySubscription

9 February, 2016 By

The Saudi government wants to reduce waste and so save costs

Andrew Roscoe

Acwa Power dominance continues into 2016Subscription

5 January, 2016 By

Saudi developer has managed to diversify its portfolio

Andrew Roscoe

Saudi Arabia seeks to take pressure off balance sheetsSubscription

15 December, 2015 By

IWPP model will ease burden on government spending

Philippa Wilkinson

Muscat moves fast on project financeSubscription

8 December, 2015 By

Banks still have appetite in Oman, for now

Philippa Wilkinson

Kuwait promises much on projectsSubscription

25 November, 2015 By

The challenges on delivering its ambitious infrastructure plans are significant

Andrew Roscoe

Changing power sector will open up market for new entrantsSubscription

17 November, 2015 By

South Koreans remain dominant force in power generation EPC market

Andrew Roscoe

Saudi Arabia doesn’t stand still on power projectsSubscription

3 November, 2015 By

Power plant signing shows that important schemes will go ahead

Andrew Roscoe

Russian nuclear power gains will benefit both sidesSubscription

20 October, 2015 By

Competitive market will benefit region’s clients

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

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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Power & Water Editor

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Jordan: Photovoltaic systemsSubscription

13 February, 2016 By

Supply, installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) of photovoltaic systems

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Kuwait Projects

Kuwait Projects 2015Subscription

A detailed analysis of the outlook for Kuwait’s projects sector

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