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Dubai to create independent body to oversee utilities

Dubai is creating a regulatory body for the utilities sector to allow private sector participation.

Najeeb Zaafrani, secretary general and chief executive of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “It is going to be an independent body and will control and licence the establishments related to the power and water sector. The regulatory authority will have its own budget. It aims to create a transparent system for private investors that will include water and electricity tariff.”

The move will help Dubai to keep up with the growing demand for power and help diversify its energy sources. The entry of the private players will also reduce pressure on the monopoly state-owned utility provider Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

However, in recent years, private entities have entered the district cooling business. They are yet to be allowed to develop independent power and water projects. The new regulator is expected to create a level playing field for the private sector, according to Zaafrani.

Iraq signs $1bn deal with Shanghai Electric for Baghdad plant extension

Iraq’s electricity ministry has signed a $1bn deal with China’s Shanghai Electric to increase the size of a power station south of Baghdad from 1320 MW to 2540 MW.

According to Reuters, the plant, which is currently under construction in the town of Zubaidiy, was initially going to have 4330 MW generators, but under the new deal, it will also feature two 610 MW units. Shanghai Electric began work on the project in May 2010, when it was valued at $924m.

Rosatom wants IAEA to create international system of nuclear security requirements

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should create an international system of security requirements, according to Sergei Boyarkin, program director at Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom.

“We believe that the system of monitoring and information exchange within the IAEA should be overhauled radically, should be raised to a qualitatively new level. Today, the IAEA requirements are advisory in nature. Instead, they should be made mandatory,” said Boyarkin.

“You should not be allowed to have softer requirements than the IAEA,” the expert said.

PPA agreed for 300 MW Morocco wind farm

Morocco’s state utility Office National de l’Electricite (ONE) has concluded agreements with International Power and Nareva Holding for a 300 MW wind farm at Tarfaya.

The power purchase agreement (PPA) for the sale of electricity from the wind farm has been agreed and signing is imminent. The PPA will run for 20 years at a price of MD7.548 ($5.16) per kWh.

ONE selected the UK/local partnership in August 2010. The bid has backing from local lenders Attijariwafa Bank and the Moroccan subsidiary of Groupe Banque Populaire. It will be financed on a 75:25 debt:equity basis, according to MEED.

Korea’s Hanwha to build $1bn Yanbu complex in Saudi

South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering has signed a $1.05bn deal to build a power and desalination complex in Saudi Arabia.

The builder said it is to establish the oil fired plant at Yanbu industrial complex, the biggest of its kind in Saudi Arabia and located on the western side of the country, by 2014 under the deal with Marafiq, a Saudi Arabian power and water utility company.

Facilities to be built at the site include three 230 MW steam turbine power generators, three boilers and one for desalination.

World’s largest gas power plant completed in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest gas fired power plant, the 2750 MW Jubail power and water complex, has been completed in Saudi Arabia.

Constructed as part of a $2.7bn contract awarded by Marafiq, and won by a consortium including Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, the US’s GE and French firm Sidem.

The $1.1bn plant will form almost 10 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s total power output.

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Azerbaijan: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has received an order for major components for the 400 MW Shimal 2 CCGT power plant for Azerenerji, the state power utility. The plant is scheduled to go on-stream in November 2013.

Egypt: The Middle East’s leading wind generator will commence construction in May two of four wind power stations in the Gulf of Suez. Total expected output at the completion of the project is 1000 MW.

DR Congo: ABB has won an order worth $41m from state utility SNEL to refurbish and expand three substations in the southern province of Katanga. The turnkey solution for three 220 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations and a load dispatch centre is due to be commissioned in 2012.

GCC: The second phase of the 5bn dirhams ($1.4bn) GCC power grid became operational after the United Arab Emirates joined the grid. The system unifies those of six Gulf states with the first phase having become operational in early 2009 connecting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

Iraq: South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries has tendered the lowest of six bids for the construction of a 500 MW power plant in central Iraq, bidding $158.9m for the work.

Iraq: Iran’s Sunir has inaugurated a $150m, 320 MW power plant in Baghdad. Two, 160 MW turbines will be fuelled by either gas or gasoil (diesel).

Russia: State nuclear firm Rosatom plans to launch the first unit of a floating nuclear power plant in 2014. The unit is being built by shipbuilder Baltiysky Zavod for 9.9bn rubles ($245m).

Russia: Some 6.5 GW of power plant is to be commissioned in 2011, according to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Russian companies launched 3.2 GW in 2010, said Prime Minister Putin.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Electric Company has awarded a contract to Alfanar Construction to add 280 MW to a power plant in Hail. The Hail 2 Extension III project is due online in August 2012.

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