SEC plans $2.1bn gas fired power plant project


Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) signed a contract with a consortium to build a SR7.9bn ($2.1bn) gas fired power plant to be located 125km west of Riyadh, and has committed to buy the electricity produced for 20 years. The consortium consists of GDF Suez of France, Japan’s Sojitz Corporation and the local Al-Jomaih Holding Group.

The project is a joint venture between SEC and the consortium and will result in a 1.7 GW plant, dubbed “Riyadh 11” that will start operations in May 2012. SEC will hold a 50 per cent stake in the Durmaa Power Company. GE Energy will supply the equipment.


Sudan to build solar plants in Darfur


Sudan has signed a €1.25bn ($1.53 billion) deal with a private French company Solar Euromed to build three concentrating solar power plants in the war-torn Darfur region. The project will target producing 2 GW over the next 10 years

The plan is to build three solar power plants in each of the three Darfur states with a total capacity of 250 megawatts by 2013/2014. Solar Euromed is in talks with European and Arab investors to fund the project with an initial €400-500m of capital.


Kenya receives $330m World Bank loan to exploit geother


Kenya’s efforts to develop its vast geothermal resources have received a major boost from a $330m loan from the World Bank. The financing will also support projects to expand electrification across the country, where only about 14 per cent of the population has access.

Expensive, scarce and unreliable electricity are major barriers to economic recovery and growth in Kenya, as in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, businesses in Kenya lost 6.4 per cent of their sales due to electrical outages, according to the World Bank.

Of the $330m total, $160m will go toward an ongoing Energy Sector Recovery Project, including increased geothermal generation, as well as improvements to electricity distribution. Kenya is encouraging private development of its geothermal resources – estimated at some 7 GW – through publicly financed exploration.

Other financiers include the European Investment Bank, Germany’s KfW, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Agence Française de Développement. The government is also contributing financing.


Abu Dhabi grid expansion contracts awarded


Siemens Energy has received a €150m ($186m) order from the Abu Dhabi Transmission & Dispatch Company (Transco), as part of the project to expand the country’s power distribution network. Siemens and its partner Electromechanical LLC will supply five turnkey transformer substations including switchgear for the project.

The substations are scheduled for completion by 2013. Abu Dhabi is expanding its electricity supply network on an ongoing basis in order to keep pace with the rising demand for energy.

Meanwhile, Areva T&D has won an order worth around €90m ($115m) in the UAE for a
400/132 kV GIS substation, which will strengthen power supply for the fast-growing Northern Emirates region. The substation will be located in Ajman, where the population is expected to jump from 250 000 in 2010 to close to 2.2m in 2030, according to estimates from the UAE Ministry of Economy.

The substation project is expected to be completed by 2010, and will also include the delivery of four power transformers, four shunt reactors, a digital control system, and a telecommunications system together with protection relays.


ABB wins $8.3m GCC grid maintenance deal


ABB has agreed a service contract with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) to provide maintenance for equipment and systems at the Gulf Interconnection Grid’s newly constructed substations. The $8.3m two-year contract between ABB and the GCCIA, will aim to optimize the grid’s reliability through regular maintenance and provide technical and emergency assistance when required.

Substations covered under the agreement include Al Fadhili, Ghunan, Salwa and Ras Al Qurayha in Saudi Arabia, Al Jasra in Bahrain, Al Zour in Kuwait and Doha South in Qatar.


Oman to select first solar plant site


Oman is expected to choose between four nominated sites for its first solar power project by the end of June. The plant will be a combination of photovoltaic and thermal solar power.

Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity & Water has been working on the project since appointing advisors in September 2009. Australia’s Worley Parsons and Macquarie Group, along with Chadbourne & Parke of the USA have been involved in assisting the Authority.

The project will have a capacity of between 500-100 MW.




Bahrain: The Electricity & Water Authority has opened the Umm Al Naasan 66-11 kV substation at the cost of BD6m ($16m) to strengthen the power distribution system and ease pressure on the Sitra and Budaiya stations.

Ivory Coast: Globeleq Generation has agreed with ABB Equity Ventures to acquire its 32.85 per cent interest in the 290 MW Azito gas fired power plant near Adidjan in the Ivory Coast, which it plans to expand to 420 MW.

Jordan: A consortium of Amman-based Kawar Energy and Italy’s Solar Ventures have released plans for the world’s largest solar PV plant, the 100 MW Shams Maan project, costing up to $400m and capable of being expanded to 200 MW.

Jordan: Japan and Jordan have agreed to sign a treaty permitting the sale of nuclear reactors by Areva and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to the Middle Eastern Kingdom, currently planning its first atomic power plant. Jordan is also considering Canadian and Russian technology.

Kazakhstan: Emerson Process Management has received two contracts to modernize controls at the 4000 MW Ekibastuz GRES-1 coal fired power plant with its PlantWeb digital plant architecture and Ovation expert control system.

Nigeria: Nigeria plans to commence power generation with its first nuclear power plant with an initial capacity of 1000 MW by 2019, according to the Nigeria Atomic Energy Agency – part of a government programme to expand alternative power generation sources.

Oman: A consortium of GDF Suez, Sojitz Corporation and Shikoko Electric Power has been awarded a $1.7bn contract for the construction and operation of Barka 3 and Sohar 2 gas fired independent power projects (IPP) in Oman with a total capacity of about 1500 MW.

UAE: Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Taqa, is to acquire 90 per cent of Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority’s (Adwea) share in the Shuweihat independent electricity and water project. Adwea has a60 per cent stake alongside GDF Suez and Marubeni Corporation.


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