Firms eye $2bn deal to build Oman coal fired power plant 

An official at Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water has said that international firms are eyeing a $2bn contract to build the country’s first coal fired power plant.

The government has appointed Worsely Parsons and KPMG as technical and financial advisors for the 1 GW power station project which will be built at Duqm in central Oman.

“The foreign firms showing interest prior to the tender announcement are Larsen & Toubro, Sembcorp and Marubeni Corporation,” the official told Reuters. The tender is expected in the third quarter of this year, he added.

Last year, Oman said it would privatize existing power stations and invest in the region of $8bn in new power projects to diversify away from its oil-based economy.

Oman is developing five projects aimed to boost electricity generation, demands for which are increasing at around 15 per cent annually. 

South Korea’s Doosan Heavy secures $3.9bn nuclear reactor order for UAE 

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, South Korea’s leading power equipment manufacturer, has won a $3.9bn nuclear reactors order for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The order came from state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO). Last December a KEPCO-led consortium won a landmark $20bn deal to design, build and operate four 1400 MW reactors by 2020 in the UAE.

South Korea generates 30 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power and is eager to export its expertise.

In addition to this order, KEPCO is also currently chasing a deal to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey. 

Conti: Enel may take part in Russia’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Skolkovo project 

Enel may take part in Russia’s Skolkovo innovation hub, CEO Fulvio Conti has said.

Skolkovo, dubbed ‘Russia’s Silicon Valley’, is being built from scratch 20 km outside of Moscow. The focus in Skolkovo will be on nuclear power, energy-saving, space, medicine, IT and software.

Participants are expected to be eligible for a ten-year tax break, a simplified accounting system and streamlined entry and work permit procedures for foreign workers. 

Dubai weighs up coal and nuclear electricity generating options 

The Dubai government’s newly created Supreme Council of Energy has hired global advisory group McKenzie & Company to help develop its ‘Energy Strategy 2030’, which will help the emirate explore alternative energy resources to power its utilities sector and meet future demand.

The council is studying the development of short, medium and long-term strategic plans for the energy sector in Dubai.

“It is a study at this stage which will be completed in August. The power demand in Dubai is increasing,” Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, and managing director and chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

“The coal fired and nuclear energy options are followed by the most advanced industrial countries, the US, China, Korea, which we hope to adopt as well.

This could be the best option to diversify energy sources in the Emirate, including alternative and nuclear energy, and create ongoing sources of sustainable energy to meet the requirement of future development,” he added. 

Kuwait presses on with power sector privatization plan 

Following on from the power outages that many in Kuwait have experienced in recent years, a privatization law previously approved by the National Assembly is now being applied to the power sector.

The law will pave the way for shareholding companies to build new power and water desalination plants in Kuwait. According to the law, the new companies will sell power and water to the government based contracts spanning 40 years..

At present, the country’s five desalination and power plants are owned and run by the Ministry of Electricity and Water, which sells the electricity and water at heavily subsidized rates to the population. 

GE wins $300m turbine contract for Oman IWPP 

GE has bagged a $300m deal to provide advanced 6FA gas turbines and long-term services for the
445 MW Salalah independent water and power project (IWPP) in the Dhofar region of southern Oman.

GE will supply five heavy-duty Frame 6FA gas turbines, equipped with advanced emission control technologies to the plant, located in the Taqah area of Salalah, approximately 1000 km southwest of the Omani capital city of Muscat. 


Gabon: MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for two dual fuel, large bore, 18V51/60DF diesel engines from the Gabon government. The €13m ($17m) order also includes electromechanical equipment to produce around 35 MW for the power grid in Libreville, the capital.

Lebanon: A $4.8bn plan to overhaul the decaying power sector and provide 24-hour per day electricity within four years has been announced. The plan calls for the production of 4 GW of electricity by 2014, with the government contributing $1.5bn, the private sector $2.3bn and international donors $1bn.

Morocco: The Desertec Industrial Initiative, which aims to harness North African solar energy for use in Europe, has announced plans to build a pilot project of between
500 MW and 1000 MW.

Oman: Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to assess the optimum development strategy for power generation and transmission systems in support of an oil and gas production network in the country’s interior.

Saudi Arabia: A nuclear cooperation accord with France has been signed. The agreement for the development of civil uses of nuclear energy could pave the way for French help in the development of nuclear power in the country.

Saudi Arabia: ABB has won an $89m order from the Saudi Electricity Company to build a substation that will ensure reliable power supplies for the King Abdullah Financial District in the capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia: Alfanar Construction has signed a ‘Power Generation Reinforcement Project’ with Saudi Electricity Company for the Hail-2 power plant. The $122m project will provide an additional 160 MW of capacity at the plant.

Turkey: Privatization of the country’s four power distribution grids has attracted 39 bids, including two from a joint venture between Austrian utility Verbund, and Turkey’s Sabanci Holding.

Yemen: The country’s first wind farm is to be built in Makha City. The 60 MW plant will help alleviate power shortages, and will be constructed by the Korean Shinhan Company. Work on the plant is expected to begin this autumn.

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