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Saudi Arabia extends deadline for Duba power plant

Saudi Arabia extends deadline for Duba plant Subscription

15 April 2015 | By

Facility will run on combination of gas and solar energy

Six groups have submitted bids for the contract to develop Iraq’s first publicly tendered independent power project

Six groups seek Iraq IPP prequalification Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Independent power project will be located in southern area of country

Power generation

Dubai plans power plant expansion Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Feasibility study tendered

Solar energy

Northern Emirates to introduce solar power Subscription

12 April 2015 | By

100MW to be spread over several sites

Solar panels

Jordan prequalifies firms for solar scheme Subscription

12 April 2015 | By

Europeans dominate list of 15 prequalified companies and consortiums

Water desalination plant

First contract tendered for Duqm power and water project Subscription

9 April 2015 | By ,

Project is being developed by the Centralised Utilities Company

Power lines

Oman considers new power and water projects Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

15 per cent jump in peak electricity demand drives capacity expansion


Dubal invites bids for power plant expansion Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Project will expand captive power plant capacity for aluminium producer

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Market news

Dubai energy strategy 2030

Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Fuel consumption for power and peak power demand

Saudi Arabia scales down renewables Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Renewables industry lowers expectations as SEC takes lead

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

Kuwait appoints new minister of water and electricity Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

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

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 Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

Programme will require total investment of $70bn

Nuclear power

Egypt considering 4GW nuclear power partnership Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

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

Rooftop solar

Dubai launches solar rooftop scheme Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

Consumers invited to join 11 applicants to install grid-connected solar panels

Coal-fired power plant

Egypt signs agreement for the world’s largest coal plant Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Tharwa Investments will develop 6,000MW coal-fired facility

Coal-fired power plant

Egypt signs agreements for 12GW of coal power projects Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Memorandum of understandings were signed with Chinese and UK developers for proposed power plants

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Power generation trends

Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO, Acwa Power

Acwa Power builds up international portfolio Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

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

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Middle East contract awards December 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2014 Video Subscription

7 January 2015

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in December in the Middle East

Illustration of Lucas Hautvast

Interview: Lucas Hautvast, CEO and president, GDF Suez Energy Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

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

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Video Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy Subscription

1 December 2014 | By

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

20 November 2014 | By ,

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Video Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

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Andrew Roscoe

Dubai delivers on solar

16 April 2015 | By

As other countries rethink or slow their renewable energy plans, the emirate pushes ahead

Gas power station

Saudi Arabia moves on power

14 April 2015 | By

Progress with the Fadhili IPP shows Riyadh’s commitment to developing its own gas resources


The quiet demise of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy ambitions Subscription

24 March 2015 | By

Shifting strategy in the kingdom leaves long-term energy dilemma

Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabia renewables disappointment Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

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 Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Government forecasts it needs an additional 54GW of capacity to tackle power outages

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt renewables scheme faces hurdles Subscription

10 March 2015

Authorities and developers working towards solutions for feed-in tariff projects

Andrew Roscoe

IWPP opportunities in Kuwait Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

An overview of the country’s plans to move ahead with its much-delayed infrastructure schemes


Kuwait must deliver on PPP programme Subscription

10 February 2015 | By

Little progress made in the six years since the country established a public-private partnership body to develop major infrastructure projects

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Special reports


Power and water: Pressure grows to diversify energy portfolios Subscription

12 January 2015

Governments are increasingly looking to develop renewables projects and improve the efficiency of existing facilities to maximise resources and revenues

Power and water

Power & Water: GCC developer rankings Subscription

23 October 2014

The next 12 months promises to be more active

Power generation

Power & Water: Utilities turn to temporary fix Subscription

8 May 2014

Electricity consumption is rising fast throughout the region

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Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Bahrain makes biggest gains Subscription

14 April 2015

Iran and Qatar also expand, but fail to lift Gulf Projects Index

Gulf projects index

Mass declines on Gulf index Subscription

6 April 2015

Iran leads slump in region, with Bahrain and Iraq only countries to record gains

Gulf projects index

Qatar leads Gulf index growth Subscription

31 March 2015

Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain also record expansions in value

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Attarat Power Company Subscription

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


Elsewedy Electric Subscription

Egypt-based company that has a number of firms under its ownership, and specialises in the supply, installationand commissioning of overhead transmission lines and substations

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Sander Trestain Subscription

16 October 2014

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

Erik Voldner Subscription

2 October 2014

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

Lee Jae-Sung Subscription

19 January 2014

Lee Jae-Sung is chairman, Hyundai Heavy Industries

Suhaila Marafi Subscription

14 January 2014

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

Hwan-Eik Cho Subscription

13 May 2013

Hwan-Eik Cho is president and CEO, Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco)

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Egypt: Power plant equipment Subscription

27 March 2015 | By

Carrying out the electrical equipment and instruments installation package for a three-by-650MW supercritical power plant project

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MENA Power Report 2015

An in-depth outlook of the MENA Power market up to 2020

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