Siemens signs $201m power infrastructure deal with Qatar

Siemens has signed two major contracts worth a total of $201.3m with Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp. (Kahramaa) aimed at improving the power infrastructure in Doha and including a lucrative smart metering project.

Siemens will supply Kahramaa with equipment for Phase 10 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project, aimed at ensuring uninterrupted power supplies to households, business centres, shopping malls, hospitals and schools throughout Doha.

The equipment includes gas insulated switchgear, power and earthing transformers, shunt reactors, protection relays, relay protection panels and substation control systems for substations located in and around the capital.

The Phase 10 project will be broken down into two stages with Stage 1 consisting of six 66/11 KV turnkey substations and Stage 2 comprising seven 132/66/11 KV turnkey substations.

Both stages are set to be completed over two years.

The second contract, which is worth $13.3m, includes the installation of about 17,000 smart meters and the supply of communication modules for about 15,000 water meters.

First solar power plant for West Bank

The installation of solar panels at Jericho Agro-Industrial Park is due to start this month, according to sources involved in the project.

The solar energy plant is the first of its kind in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and, once in place, will allow for the development of the industrial park itself.

The solar power plant has been financed by $7.2m in grant aid from Japan, provided through the Japan International Co-operation Agency. According to the sources, the installation of the panels has been delayed until now by reluctance from Israel to allow the panels to be imported from Japan.

Bids in for 160 MW Moroccan solar park

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has received final bids to build a 160 MW concentrated solar power project.

The bids were submitted by three joint ventures: Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia), Aries Ingenieràƒ­a y Sistemas (Spain) and TSK Electronica y Electricidad (Spain); Enel (Italy) and ACS Servicios Comunicaciones y Energia (Spain); and Abeinsa (Spain), Abengoa Solar (Spain), Mitsui (Japan) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (UAE).

African hydro boom predicted

Increasing government support will encourage investments from the public and private sectors to tap into Africa’s substantial unexploited hydropower potential, according to a new report by business intelligence firm GBI Research.

The report states that hydropower, which is currently the most commonly used renewable resource for power generation, is expected to remain the highest contributor to global renewable power, despite increasing investment in other renewable resources to meet the growing demand for electricity.

Africa is expected to become an emerging hydropower market by 2020, due to the region’s significant hydropower potential, particularly in the nations of Mozambique and Ethiopia.

At present, a lack of proper infrastructure and investment hinders the maintenance and renewal of existing hydropower plants, slowing the growth of the African hydropower market.

Nevertheless, increasing electricity requirements in Africa’s developing nations are leading governments to develop lucrative policies and incentives to secure investments in the hydropower sector.

Anglo American plans $1bn South African coal plant

Anglo American plans to build a 450 MW coal power plant in South Africa to supply electricity to its platinum subsidiary Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

Quoting local media, Reuters reports that the head of the company’s coal division in South Africa Norman Mbazima says that the plant would cost more than $1bn and that seven parties had bid to build the plant.

The plant, which would be expected to start producing electricity in 2015, would reduce Amplats’ reliance of power supplied by state-owned Eskom and cushion it from large price increases.

Saudi extends deadline for power plant bids

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has extended the deadline to 17 April for technical bids to build a 2.4 GW power plant at Jeddah South.

Contractors now have until the extended time to submit bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

The bid deadline has been pushed back several times since the original deadline of 22 November 2011. Sources at SEC have revealed the steps were taken in response to requests for extensions from the bidders.


Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi National Energy Co is to buy a 50 per cent stake in a 750 MW independent power project at Sulaymaniyah in Iraq. The stake was previously owned by Jordan’s Mass Holding, which will retain the remaining 50 per cent.

Iraq: Global power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq to provide a state-of-the-art power distribution management system. ABB will effectively refurbish the country’s system infrastructure and improve overall power reliability.

Nigeria: General Electric has agreed with Nigeria’s government to potentially build and operate power plants in the African nation amid a push to privatise the country’s failing state-run power company.

Russia: Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is ready to react to the challenges of shale gas. “This can seriously reshape the structure of hydrocarbons markets,” he said. “We must be prepared to handle any external shocks”.

Russia: Power Machines and Toshiba Corp have formed a joint venture – Izhora Transformers – to manufacture and supply power transformers in Russia. Power Machines and Toshiba respectively hold 50.01 per cent and 49.99 per cent of the new company.

Russia: Russia’s state-owned power company Rosatom is said to be considering taking a stake in the UK’s Horizon nuclear project. Director of communications Sergey Novikov said: “The British market is potentially attractive for Rosatom.”

Saudi Arabia: Tihama Power Generation Company is this month set to close around $400m financing for the extension of three captive power and steam plants. The plants, which provide steam and power for Saudi Aramco, will provide an additional 500 MW of power.

South Africa: Soitec has announced that its 36 MW CPV project in Tousrivier in the Western Cape has secured finance from Investec and construction will begin this year.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Electricity Co has requested bids to build an independent power project at Rabigh. The winning bid will build, own and operate the steam powered plant, which will run on heavy fuel oil with a capacity of 1700 MW.

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