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Dubai looks to private sector for power project investment

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Dubai’s government-owned Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is to establish an independent regulator, charged with establishing a framework for private investment in future power projects.

DEWA is accepting bids for an advisory contract to answer legal, strategic and technical questions for the proposed investment framework. Dubai is following in the footsteps of Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar, all of which have private participation in power and water projects varying from 100 per cent in Oman to 40 per cent in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai has yet to announce the extent to which it will allow outside investment. The first project to involve private investment is expected to be the 1500 MW Hassyan power project close to the Abu Dhabi border.

DEWA’s managing director Saeed Al Tayer stressed that additional power capacity would continue to be added while the rules for private investment were being established. DEWA’s vice president for business development Waleed Salman insisted that Dubai’s economic condition was not the main driver behind the plan.

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Fortum agrees to invest $98m into Russia’s Chelyabinsk region

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Finland’s state utility Fortum has signed a memorandum of intention with Russia’s Chelyabinsk regional administration to invest 3bn rubles ($98m) on energy efficiency measures to be put into effect by 2012.

According to a statement issued by Fortum, the largest operation in the programme is the automation and upgrade of the Chelyabinsk district heating system, which will reduce energy losses in the area by over 30 per cent, as well as significantly decrease fuel consumption and emissions.

Fortum said that an energy efficency project of this magnitiude was unique in Russia, adding that it would be partly funded by raising the district heating tariffs controlled by the Chelyabinsk region’s administration.

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UAE tenders Masdar-BP hydrogen unit

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A contract to build a Dh7bn ($1.9bn) 500 MW hydrogen power plant will be awarded this year.

The project, a joint venture between Masdar and BP, will be constructed about 250 km west of Abu Dhabi on the coast near the Jebel Dhanna, and could be the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage facility.

The proposed hydrogen power plant is to split natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2). The hydrogen would fire a 500 MW power plant, while the CO2 would be injected into oilfields.

The plant is expected to consume 100 MW, leaving 400 MW to be sold into the UAE’s power grid.

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Israel utility IEC considers low-carbon power alternatives

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Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is considering building a 1200 MW nuclear power plant and a 1000 MW solar array, instead of building a coal fired integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant, due to come online in 2020.

IEC deputy CEO Moshe Bachar said that the transition to environmentally friendly energy sources was essential, and that higher electricity rates were inevitable. According to Bachar, Israel’s future energy economy would be based on environmentally friendly energy sources: nuclear power, natural gas, and renewable energy. The company will only use coal fired power plants as back-up and to secure electricity supplies.

The idea for building a nuclear power plant again came up for discussion at government ministries, after Jordan announced plans to build a nuclear power plant near Aqaba.

If IEC decides to build a nuclear plant and a solar power plant, it will face technical hurdles, regulatory difficulties and major opposition from private power producers.

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Shuweihat will be ADWEA’s first IPP

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Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) will issue request for proposals for an independent power project (IPP) at Shuweihat in the first quarter of 2010.

This will be ADWEA’s first IPP, with previous private projects in the Emirate always having incorporated water desalination. The decision means that, unexpectedly, Shuweihat 3 will be developed ahead of the Taweelah C IWPP.

The Shuweihat 3 project is expected to have a 1500 MW capacity.

It was suggested that the decision not to add a desalination element to the plant was driven by the lack of sufficient capacity for water transmission from the site. Meanwhile, it was suggested that Taweelah C may be tendered as an oil fired plant.

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Morocco opens solar/CCGT hybrid power plant

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Power generation at a hybrid combined-cycle gas turbine plant/concentrating solar power facility has commenced in northern Morocco.

Under development on behalf of national utility Office National de l’àƒâ€°lectricité (ONE), with a total capacity of 470 MW, the Ain Beni Mathar installation will be the world’s largest such plant once completed.

Abengoa Solar of Spain has designed the 20 MW, 180 000 m3 solar field. Two 150 MW gas turbines are already in simple cycle operation, supplying 300 MW to the grid.

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Egypt: The ministry of energy said that it will sign a framework deal with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, aka Masdar, for a 200 MW wind farm at the Gulf of Suez.

Ethiopia: At a cost of €373m ($510m), Ethiopia is to inaugurate a newly constructed 420 MW hydro power plant, Gillgel Gibe II.

Ghana: Magellan Aerospace has signed an agreement to provide a turnkey natural gas fired combined-cycle plant. The plant will have a capacity of 132 MW using four 25 MW gas turbines and will cost $187m.

Israel: Vogt Power International has won a contract to supply state-owned Israel Electric Corporation with one three pressure level, natural circulation heat recovery steam generator for its Tzafit power station, located near Kfar Menahem.

Morocco: Rabat will invite bids for construction of its first solar power station this quarter as part of a $9bn solar energy project, according to its energy minister. Five solar plants are planned with a total capacity of 500 MW, accounting for 38 per cent of installed capacity.

Pakistan: A consortium of Hyundai Heavy Industries and Korea Southern Power will sign a deal with the Alternative Energy Development Board to build a 50 MW wind farm. The deal is estimated to be worth around 60-80bn won ($52-70m).

Turkey: Finnish consulting group Pàƒ¶yry has signed a €2.5m ($3.4m) contract for the development of four hydropower plants with total capacity of 1100 MW on the Murat river. The project is one of the first hydropower projects in Turkey to be developed by private investors.

UAE: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority is to postpone the opening of the 1500 MW Hassyan power plant after the emirate’s financial crisis forced the utility to lower its forecasts for energy demand annual growth from 15 per cent to six per cent.

UAE: Masdar has launched an advanced concentrated solar power (CSP) Central Tower research and development project at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, alongside Japan’s Cosmo Oil Company and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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