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First edition of EcoWASTE proves to be a success

The debut of EcoWASTE, sponsored by Masdar – Abu Dhabi company for renewable energy – in partnership with TADWEER – CWM as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted more than 50 local and international suppliers and more than 2,000 buyers and professionals from across the region.

Companies like Eldan Recycling, a global supplier of recycling machinery, from Denmark, joined other local and international leading organisations, such as Bee’ah, Averda, Green Mountain and Lava, from countries like Germany, Switzerland and Finland, to find timely solutions and showcase innovative technology to address the sustainable disposal and recycling of waste.

“EcoWASTE was well organised, coordinated and managed. It offered a number of business opportunities across all service sectors of solid waste management in the MENA region and attracted a large number of global expertise, enabling collaboration and partnership to exchange valuable experiences. It facilitated networking, communication and transactions between customers, suppliers and manufacturers for both public and private sectors.” said Suzy M. Gamal, Unit Head – Events Management for Kharafi National, a leading infrastructure developer present at EcoWASTE.

According to H.E Issa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager for TADWEER-CWM, the inaugural edition of EcoWASTE was a great success.

“In order to accommodate increased participation in 2015 we will need to expand the capacity of EcoWASTE so that more companies, professionals and experts can attend. This will support the growth of ideas and projects, increase the international prestige of EcoWASTE, along with the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, and also place Abu Dhabi on the map as an international destination for solving water, energy and waste management issues.”

TADWEER-CWM actively participated in EcoWASTE. Its pavilion, visited not only by energy experts, but also by many students from schools and universities, was the perfect setting for the launch of new partnerships and initiatives – such as a memorandum signed with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to build a data base on waste management, including information on how to transfer waste into energy, and a series of recycling programs and projects in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.


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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece

The first LEED Platinum certified office building in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated yesterday (Jan 22).

Electrical engineering giant Siemens’ new Middle East headquarters, which will accommodate 800 employees, is at Masdar City adjacent to the Masdar Institute.

Architect David Ardill, of Sheppard Robson, won a competition 30 month before to design the building, which uses 50 per cent less energy than a similar sized conventional building. The distinctive façade is dominated by aluminium shades over the windows, each individually designed to provide 100% shading to 95% of glazed surfaces.

Ardill explained how the original design brief has been met to redue energy demand by 65% and water by 50%.

Inside Herald Waiti, Siemens ME head of SRE, explained how there are ‘practically no internatl light switches’ and that everything is controlled through movement sensors. “Desk lamps are light sensitive and dim according to the amount of external light coming through the windows,” he explained.

Waiti even joked how at night time someone could run through an empty office and be followed in a trail of light. ‘I have tried it,’ he joked with assembled journalists.

The opening ceremony was attended by board membrs from Siemans AG – including Michael Suess and Roland Busch – Dr Al Jaber and shareholders of Siemens in the UAE and dignitaries from Abu Dhabi.

In a statement Siemans said: “The company’s strategic partnership with Masdar extends far beyond the opening of a new office and is in line with Abu Dhabi’s National Vision 2030.”


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Sweden and Qatar show potential of waste-to-energy technology in the Gulf

With the GCC states having among the highest rates of waste output per capita in the world, there is an increasing need to develop innovative solutions and new business opportunities that promote sustainable waste management, including recycling infrastructure and waste-to-energy technologies.

Companies participating in the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar, will illustrate the potential to integrate sustainable waste management best practice in the region – with lessons to be learnt from around the world, and closer to home.

Among the 50 local and international suppliers on the exhibition floor from January 20-22, Swedish company Avfall Sverige will be displaying its expertise in the waste-to-energy sector. Around 50% of Sweden’s solid waste is converted into sustainable energy.

According to Avfall Sverige CEO Weine Wiqvist, supportive policy frameworks helped accelerate the adoption of waste-to-energy in his home country.

“Waste management is seen as a public service and there is a clear division of roles and responsibilities that enable necessary investments in, for example, infrastructure. In addition, we can rely on long-term regulations and economical steering instruments, as well as on the co-operation between municipalities and also between the public and private sectors.”

In the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have set bold targets for reducing the amount of solid waste they send to landfill. Sharjah is targeting zero-waste-to-landfill by 2015 and Abu Dhabi aims to divert 85% of its waste from dumping grounds by 2018.

Qatar’s ambitious foray into waste-to-energy indicates the lucrative business opportunities in the emerging sustainable waste management sector.

Completed in 2011, Qatar’s Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC), the first of its type in the GCC, comprises a state-of-the-art waste sorting and recycling facility, an engineered landfill, a composting plant, and a 1,500 tonnes per day capacity waste-to-energy incineration plant.

Keppel Seghers, the Singaporean company which designed and built the complex, will showcase its DSWMC technology at EcoWASTE 2014.
“A number of Middle East countries are considering waste-to-energy as a viable and cost-effective means to address the mounting problem of municipal waste output and Qatar has led by example,” said Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers.

“The DSWMC facility is entirely self-sufficient in power and actually exports 35 megawatts of its total output of 50 megawatts to the national grid. What’s more, 95% of the waste it receives is diverted from landfill.”


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10 clean energy projects that matter


Noor 1 Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant
Project Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build Noor 1 photovoltaic solar power plant with capacity of 100 MW.

COUNTRY: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
BUDGET: $600,000,000
CLIENT: Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR)
CONTRACTORS: Not Applicable
CONSULTANTS: Lahmeyer International has been appointed technical consultant
REMARKS: Noor 1 project will be located to the east of Al Ain city in Al-Aflaj. Unlike concentrated solar power technology (used in Shams 1) which generates electricity from the heat of the sun, the Noor 1 project will use the photovoltaic (PV) solar technology which can directly convert the sunlight into electricity. The client owns 60% of this project, while French energy giant Total and Spain’s Abengoa share the rest equally. Bids are currently under evaluation for the EPC contract on this scheme. An award was expected in the second half of 2013. Construction of the plant is said to commence in the fourth quarter of 2013. Project completion is expected in 2014.

Al-Shaqaya Wind Power Plant Project
10 MW capacity wind power pant


BUDGET: Not Available
CLIENT: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
CONTRACTORS: Not Applicable
CONSULTANTS: Not Applicable
REMARKS: The tender is open to following companies: EDF-En, France; Xinjiang Gold Wind Science & Technology, China; Elsewedy Power/Schneider /Mtoi / Guris Electric, Turkey, Egypt, Spain; Sanjose Constructora, Spain; Isolux Ingenieria S.A, Spain; Energia Recursos Ambientates S.A, Spain; Renco SPA , Italy; Cruptiz / Renovelia Energy, Spain; Ife Eriksen AG Germany; Regen Powertech, India; Elecnor, Spain; Toshiba, Japan; Gamesa Wind Turbines/ Insolar energy, India; Renerco Renewable Energy Concepts AG , Germany; Orascom Construction – Flagsd, Egypt; TS K Electronica Y Electronicdad S.A, Spain.

Maan Wind Power Project
Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build a wind farm in the area of Maan with capacity of 65-75 MW.

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Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (Jordan)
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This project will be located in the southern part of Jordan. Request for proposals for the EPC contract is expected to be issued soon. An award was expected in the fourth quarter of 2013. Construction is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2014. The scope of the EPC contract will cover engineering and design, procurement, supply and transportation, construction and installation as well as commissioning of the wind turbines including LV /MV transformers and control system, the MV and signal cabling system, the MV/HV substation and grid connection including control system, the necessary equipment to interface the project with the electrical network, all required civil works including the construction of the foundations, access roads, wind farm internal roads, crane platforms, substation and O&M building, and an operation & management contract for the wind farm.

Photovoltaic Farm Construction Project – Beirut River Solar Snake – Phase 4
Construction of a photovoltaic farm with a power generation capacity of 10MW at Beirut River Solar Snake (BRSS ) – Phase 4.

COUNTRY: Lebanon
BUDGET: Not Available
CLIENT: Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC)
CONTRACTORS: Not Applicable
CONSULTANTS: Not Applicable
REMARKS: This project is in Beirut. The purpose is to generate power to decrease the country’s power deficit by introducing renewable energy. The plant will generate a combined capacity of 9MW to reach 10MW as a final capacity, while the solar panels will cover 6.5 kilometres. It is understood that the project will be financed through a special financing mechanism (to be developed) with seed money coming from the cost of produced electricity being paid by Electricite du Liban (EDL) to a special account managed by the client. The project is currently under planning. A schedule is yet to be announced.

Gulf of Zeit Wind Farm Project – Stage 2
Construction of a wind farm with capacity of 220 MW in Gulf of Zeit district – Stage 2.

BUDGET: $460,000,000
CLIENT: New & Renewable Energy Authority (Egypt)
CONTRACTOR: Not Applicable
CONSULTANT: Lahmeyer International GmbH (Egypt) is project manager; Japan International Cooperation Agency (Egypt) is specialist consultant.
REMARKS: This plant will be located on the Red Sea coast in Egypt. The project is part of second stage of wind energy development in Egypt. Short listing of pre-qualified companies is still under progress. RFP for the construction contract is expected to be issued in the third quarter of 2013. Project completion is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2015. The feasibility study was carried out by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Azraq Photovoltaic Solar Plant
Construction of a Grid Connected Photovoltaic Solar Plant at Azraq.

BUDGET: Not Available
CLIENT: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
CONTRACTOR: Not Applicable
CONSULTANT: Not Applicable
REMARKS: The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has obtained an allocation of funds from the Bilateral Spanish-Jordan Debt Swap Mechanism towards the cost of establishing a Solar PV grid connected plant at Azraq, located about 100 kilometres east of Jordan’s capital, Amman. Jordan’s Renewable Energy law calls for renewable resources to account for 10% of the country’s energy mix by 2020. EPC bids have been invited for the project.

Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant Project
Supply, installation of a one megawatt rooftop photovoltaic solar power plant at Al Assimah

BUDGET: $3,100, 000
CLIENT: Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW)
CONTRACTOR: Not Applicable
CONSULTANT: Not Applicable
REMARKS: Local company Bader-Al Mullah & Brothers have been awarded the main contract for this scheme. They had submitted a bid of $4.6 million to build the project. The decision to make the formal award is with Kuwait’s Tender Board. The solar PV panels are to be installed in the rooftops of the MEW building and the adjacent Ministry of Public Works building with a combined rooftop area of 8,400 square metres.

Wind Farm Project-7
Construction of a wind farm with power generation capacity between 50 MW and 100 MW.

COUNTRY: Lebanon
BUDGET: Not Available
CLIENT: Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC)
CONTRACTORS: Not Applicable
CONSULTANTS: Not Applicable
REMARKS: Four companies have submitted bids for the main contract. They are Arabian Construction Company, Caporal & Moretti, El Sewedy Cables Company and Ghaddar Machinery Company. Evaluation of bids is currently underway. An award was expected in the third quarter of 2013. This project is being implemented to promote non-hydro renewable projects and to have a minimum of 60 to 100 MW to be powered by wind by the private sector by 2013 and to have 12% from renewable energy by 2020.

Solar farm project
Construction of a five megawatt solar farm in Sharjah.

BUDGET: Not Available
COUNTRY: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
CLIENT: Proventus Renewables, UK
CONTRACTOR: Not Applicable
CONSULTANT: Not Applicable
REMARKS: The project will be built in Al Dhaid in Sharjah. The client has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai-based ABC Facilities Management to work jointly on building the project. Proventus Renewables director Samrat Deep Bhandari said the partnership marked the first step in the Middle East region for the Ireland-based renewable energy company. Proventus Energy’s main investments, to date, have been in wind and solar farms in Bulgaria.

Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Projects
Waste-to-Energy (WTE) projects for solid municipal waste treatment and power generation according to the existing policies and regulations for renewable energy.

BUDGET: Not Available
CLIENT: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR)
CONTRACTOR: Not Applicable
CONSULTANT: Not Applicable
REMARKS: The client had set a deadline of 20th June for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from interested parties. Only domestic wastes generated in Jordan shall be treated in the WTE plant. Waste import from other countries is not allowed to be treated in the WTE plant. The interested applicant needs to provide evidence of its technical and financial capabilities to manage the design, engineering, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of Waste-to-Energy projects of similar conditions and type. The government plans to generate 50MW through WTE technology by 2020.

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WFES 2014 to underscore benefits of energy efficiency

The 7th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES), hosted by Masdar, to be held from January 20-22 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will be a key opportunity for governments, businesses and policy makers to debate the necessary measures to motivate Middle East consumers to make more efficient energy choices.

According to the International Energy Agency, existing buildings consume more than 40% of total energy and generate close to 25% of carbon emissions.

In the WFES conference session “Energy Efficiency-The Built Environment”, on January 22, global and Middle East experts will address the policy and technology interventions that could make homes and offices more efficient, thus reducing energy demand and driving down costs for consumers.

Taking part in an engaging panel debate moderated by Mark Hopkins, director of International Energy Efficiency at the UN Foundation, will be Ramiz Alaileh, powerwise manager of the UAE’s Regulation and Supervision Bureau; Benoit Dubarle, UAE, Oman and Pakistan Country president for Schneider Electric; Christian Kramer, head of Federal and European Affairs at KFW Banking Group; Bruce Schlein, director of corporate sustainability of Citigroup; and David Walker, CEO of DNV GL, based in the Netherlands.

The adoption of smart metering technology, enabling real-time monitoring of electricity consumption and two-way communications between the utility and the consumer, is one important strategy for mitigating energy demand and reducing the environmental impact of the urban landscape.

“Smart metering not only allows utility companies to identify consumption patterns which inform their demand management strategies, it also enables engagement with consumers to inform them about ways to use electricity more wisely,” said Ramiz Alaileh of the Abu Dhabi-based Regulation and Supervision Bureau.

Implementation costs, antiquated communications infrastructure and inadequate policy frameworks, particularly in countries reliant on energy subsidies, are among the barriers to smart metering adoption in the MENA region.

To date, only one utility in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, has fully completed the phase-one roll-out of smart meters for electricity and water. Having a regulatory mandate in place was a key factor in ADWEA’s decision to deploy the technology.

Yet the scale of projected energy demand growth and the need to accommodate an expansion in renewable energy supply will pave the way for more sustainable technologies, say the experts.

“[Smart metering] will become more important as energy sources diversify,” said Wasim Taqqali, utilities industry manager of Accenture Middle East. “The deployment of solar energy in the Gulf is gathering pace but the reliability and quality of power generated by renewable sources can vary. That has been the experience overseas in countries with a relatively high penetration of renewable energies. Smart metering may therefore become extremely important in ensuring the smooth adoption of clean energies in the Middle East, helping to maintain security of supply and the satisfaction of the end-user.”

The latest generation ‘digital revenue meter’ of Advanced Electronic Company based in Saudi Arabia will be one of more than 100 new product launches in clean technology and renewable energies on show on the World Future Energy Summit exhibition floor.

According to Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director, the Summit conference will deliver global insights on the policy and business frameworks required to keep pace with such rapid technical innovation.


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Masdar to showcase global clean energy achievements

The last 12 months has seen Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and its partners delivered a range of clean energy projects including, the world’s largest off-shore wind farm, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, Africa’s largest solar PV plant and introduction of utility scale renewables to the Seychelles for the first time. Today, Masdar’s entire portfolio of renewable energy projects is successfully delivering nearly one-gigawatt of clean power to grids across the world

Masdar, will showcase its past year’s global contribution to clean energy development at the 7th World Future Energy Summit during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) – the region’s largest gathering on sustainability. Masdar will use the platform to highlight a year in which it has inaugurated solar and wind projects in the UAE, UK, Seychelles and Mauritania, installing over 750 megawatts of renewable grid capacity in the process.

Bader Al Lamki, director of Masdar Clean Energy, said: “2013 has been a milestone year for Masdar, in which we have made a significant contribution to the global adoption of renewable energy, demonstrating that clean energy is an attractive long-term investment.

“From utility scale clean energy to pioneering carbon capture projects, Masdar’s growing portfolios of projects are pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to help diversify the global energy mix and decarbonise our growing economies.”

Looking back at 2013

March: Masdar inaugurated the 100 megawatt Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. Powering 20,000 homes in the UAE, Shams 1 is the region’s largest renewable energy plant.

April: Masdar launched the largest solar PV plant in Africa. The 15-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania accounts for 10% of the country’s grid capacity.

June: Featured the completion of a 6-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles. Today, the farm is producing enough power to cover 8% of energy capacity in the country’s main island of Mahe, which is home to 90% of the nation’s population.

July: London Array, the world’s largest off shore wind farm, was inaugurated in the Thames Estuary. The 175 turbine, 630 megawatt wind farm is now powering 500,000 British homes with clean, renewable energy.

November: In collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar signed the region’s first joint venture agreement focussed on exploring and developing commercial-scale projects for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The joint venture’s first project will sequester up to 800,000 tons of CO2 captured from the Emirates Steel plant, annually. ADNOC will use the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), liberating natural gas to help meet growing demand domestically.

December: Masdar is also 31% shareholder in the recently announced 117MW Tafila Wind Farm in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan’s largest utility scale renewable energy project will increase Jordan’s total installed power capacity by 3%.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Masdar will leverage ADSW to highlight their achievements to the world’s energy leaders, at a time when the world is balancing economic and social development with rising global energy demands, environmental concerns and the need to manage natural resources. Masdar will emphasise renewables’ role as being a critical component of the future energy mix, reducing demands on fossil fuels and supporting energy access.

“We are extremely positive about the future of renewable energy,” continued Al Lamki. “We continue exploring commercial projects that support the development of clean energy in the Middle East – a region with huge solar and wind potential.

“We also intend to build on our UK investments in off shore, and continue to explore opportunities in what is a very attractive renewables market.”

With a focus on the interconnected challenges and opportunities of sustainable growth, ADSW and its participating conferences and exhibitions will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18-24 January 2014, and will be officially hosted by Masdar.

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