28 May 2013, Water-Technology.net
The Saudi Arabia-based state-owned Saline Water Conversion (SWCC) has announced its plans to launch the new desalination plant in the city of Jeddah.
28 May 2013, Albawaba Business
The UAE could economically deploy solar power generation capacity of more than 20GW by 2030 if avoided and opportunity costs of new fossil power generation are fully considered and transparent, stable, predictable and enforceable regulatory and policy frameworks are implemented, according to Dr. Steve Griffiths, Executive Director, Institute Initiatives, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Board Member, Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA).
27 May 2013, Oman Daily Observer
With electricity demand continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, the government-run Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) yesterday announced the start of a process to procure the Sultanate’s largest ever Independent Power Project (IPP). Estimated to range between 2,500 and 3,000 MW in capacity, the proposed IPP will surpass in size the massive 2,000MW power project, currently under construction at Sur.
25 May 2013, MENAFN
The European inventor, writer and painter Leonardo da Vinci once said: "Water is the driving force of all nature." This statement is all the more relevant in Saudi Arabia with its limited supply and arid environment.
23 May 2013, Gas to Power Journal
Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries has officially opened its $1billion gas-fired Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (Salalah IWPP) in Oman on Sunday. The plant provides electricity (445MW net) and water (69,000 cubic meters a day) to the government-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company under a 15 year power and water purchase agreement.
23 May 2013, Arabian Gazette
Solar desalination projects in the MENA region will shape the future.
22 May 2013, Fuel Fix
In a remote stretch of the Omani desert, row after row of long, curved mirrors collect the sun’s energy. Similar facilities have been gathering sunlight in the Southern California desert for years, using the focused light to generate electricity. In Oman, however, the facility generates steam. Pipes shunt the steam underground, where it coaxes heavy oil from the rocks.
22 May 2013, ArabianBusiness.com
Global power giant Siemens has been awarded two contracts valued at about SR1bn ($266m) by state-run utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
21 May 2013, MenaFN
The power and water sectors are experiencing a massive boom in Saudi Arabia, according to Abdulrahman Almutari, head of privatization at the National Water Company (NWC).
20 May 2013, Bloomberg
Qatar created a $1 billion investment arm to add foreign power and water assets to stakes it already has in businesses from Barclays Plc (BARC) to Harrods department store.
20 May 2013, Utilities-ME
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it has launched a new 132/11kV substation with a capacity of 150 megavolt amperes in Dubai Marina. The project, valued at US $28.6 million, is aimed at supporting network capacity in the Marina area.
19 May 2013, Utilities-ME
Abu Dhabi’s Masdar has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. The deal will see the pair collaborate on the development of clean energy projects.
16 May 2013, Utilities-ME
Dubai-based district cooling firm Empower has said that it anticipates saving 350MW of energy by the end of 2013. The company says that district cooling systems can help save up to 50% of the total power consumption compared with conventional cooling, and consequently recorded a power saving of an impressive 320MW through 2012.
15 May 2013, OOSKAnews
The Omani Agency for Electricity and Water last week announced plans to carry out $182 million USD worth of water projects in Al Amirat state.
15 May 2013, Gulf News
Abu Dhabi: The UAE will announce an action plan for the UAE Vision 2021 and the Green Growth Strategy by the end of this year, a senior official announced here at a recent forum.
12 May 2013, Utilities-ME
The UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has reportedly agreed two deals, valued at a combined US $231.4 million, with Saudi National Contracting Company (NCC), according to Emirates News Agency.
12 May 2013, Oman Daily Observer
The Nimr Water Treatment Plant (NWTP), the only and the largest industrially constructed wetland system in the world at the PDO’s Marmul site is planning to process an additional of 150,000 cubic metres produced water against its present 95,000 a day, according to the PDO Nimr Bauer sources.
“At the Nimr Water Treatment Plant we are planning to increase the Plant capacity by 150,000 cubic metres against the present output of 95,000 cubic metres”, Terrence Shelby, Plant Manager, NWTP, Nimr Bauer told the Observer, adding, “The NWTP has set new global standards for the oil and gas industry by developing a state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly water treatment plant for the produced water in the oil fields”.
9 May 2013, Construction Week Online
Oman's government is planning to float tenders for for new power plants in Dhofar and Salalah within the next year in a bid to boost the country's generating capacity by 2,000-5,000MW.
8 May 2013, OOSKAnews
The United Arab Emirates will expand nuclear energy projects in order to boost desalination projects, Minister of Environment and Water Rashed Ahmad Ben Fahd said last week.
8 May 2013, Khaleej Times
No need for desalination anymore. An Emirati entrepreneur has obtained a patent for his sea-borne water collector, a unique invention to collect airborne moisture that can be used to provide clean water to arid regions like the UAE without having to resort to desalination