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Siemens to erect turnkey combined-cycle power plant in Turkey

Siemens has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Bandirma II combined-cycle (gas and steam) power plant (CCPP) in Turkey.

The purchaser is Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON. Following the Samsun project, which is currently under construction, Bandirma II will be the second power plant in Turkey to be powered by an SGT5-8000H gas turbine, marking the sale of 28 of this model of gas turbine by Siemens worldwide.
These gas turbines, which have proven themselves in commercial operation since 2011, have now clocked up approximately 50,000 equivalent operating hours at an availability of more than 97%. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, this plant will have an installed capacity of around 600 megawatts (MW) and an efficiency of over 60%.

The natural-gas-fired CCPP Bandirma II will be built on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, near the city of Bandirma in the Balikesir province.

Rainer Hauenschild, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, said: “We are very excited about working together with Enerjisa. As a manufacturer of turnkey installations, our customers profit from our expertise in ideally integrating mechanical, electrical and chemical processes optimally with our products in fossil-fired power plants. Therefore we can fulfill the needs of our customers at best.

“In this project, too, we will live up to our very high claim concerning quality and safety in project engineering and execution and during the construction and installation phase.”

The dynamic power plant market in Turkey calls for flexible and eco-friendly power generation facilities that are cost-efficient at the same time, so that they are right at the top in the merit order. The Bandirma II combined-cycle power plant is of single-shaft design. Such plants are highly flexible and can be run up to full power in only 30 minutes. With load ramping of gradients of up to 50 MW per minute, they also respond very quickly to fluctuations in power demand and so can help to stabilize the grid.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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Growth in global energy consumption underlines the need for unconventional gas

With worldwide energy consumption projected to surge by approximately 50% in just two decades, there has been growing urgency for unconventional solutions in the gas sector – particularly in Gulf countries like Oman, where hydrocarbons make up 86% of government revenues and fuel economic growth.

While the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA region) holds 40% of the world’s proven gas reserves, it only accounts for 15% of global gas production, indicating the massive untapped potential. In order to tackle the evolving challenges, opportunities and trends in the global gas sector, Knowledge Expansion – a leading regional oil and gas knowledge transfer consultancy – is organising the International Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition (IUGCE), from 20-22 January 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace, Muscat in Oman. Oman is an ideal host, being the Middle East’s largest oil and gas producer that is not a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The high profile event will be chaired by His Excellency Salim bin Said Al Aufi, undersecretary for Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas. As a platform for futuristic ideas that will shape gas exploration and production, the event will attract influential decision makers, thought leaders and stakeholders in the global industry to maximise the potential of unconventional gas. This refers to gas that requires higher than industry-standard levels of technology or investment to extract.

The high-powered line-up of international speakers includes Mr Raoul Restucci – Managing Director of PDO; Mr Jerome Ferrier – President of the International Gas Union (IGU); Mr Menahi Al Anzi – Deputy CEO: Exploration & Gas for KOC; and Mr David Dalton – Middle East Regional President for BP.

Considering the growing demand for gas – driven by the recovering global economy and population growth – the Middle East is seeking to strengthen its position at the forefront of the gas sector by diversifying from conventional gas reserves to its largely untapped unconventional gas reserves. However the major challenge is that unconventional gas types like tight gas and shale gas require much more advanced technologies and expertise.

While the region’s existing conventional gas fields remain highly productive, Gulf governments have opted for a proactive approach by exploring alternative solutions rather than waiting for conventional gas production to peak or dwindle. Tight gas exploration and appraisals in countries like the Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt and Libya have increased and are expected to gain momentum with time. This will ultimately strengthen energy security, unlocking new economical energy sources.

Commenting on the upcoming conference, Mr Rafeeq Kunhi, Director at Knowledge Expansion elaborated: “On one hand the region has enormous potential in unconventional gas, but on the other hand we have pinpointed a technological and knowledge gap in this field. Therefore we have organised this high profile platform where some of the world’s most respected experts will converge to empower regional experts through knowledge transfer. This will greatly enrich the region’s knowledge reservoir, boosting long-term sustainability and positioning the region at the forefront of the world’s unconventional gas sector.”

Among other highlights at this year’s conference, international experts will share emerging findings from groundbreaking research, success stories and lessons learned from international developments.

The event will identify, explore and showcase untapped opportunities for oil and gas companies to transfer skills and knowledge, thereby taking advantage of developments planned in the Middle East and further afield. Key discussion areas include the elements of success for an Unconventional Gas Development; Sustainability and Technology in this sector.

In addition to generous support from Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas and PDO, the event is supported by OPAL (Oman Society for Petroleum Services). The sponsors include Baker Hughes, Weatherford, BP, Shell, STS, Packers Plus, CC Energy and Petrogas E&P.



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Increase in building projects highlights the need for more sustainable FM

Growing in tandem with the region’s population and following government directives to increase business and tourism, extensive construction in the region is fuelling the need for smarter and more sustainable cities and communities. As a central part of this task, the creation and maintenance of sustainable, cost efficient buildings, has brought natural synergy between three core industry sectors: facilities management, waste and cleaning.

As a medium to support the accelerated growth in these sectors, while showcasing sustainable and cost-efficient products, services and technologies from around the world, two niche trade events, Middle East Waste & Recycling and Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene, will debut in May 2014. The events aim to facilitate dialogue between government bodies, developers, architects, contractors and facilities managers, set to take place alongside the well-established FM EXPO and launched by the region’s leading event for construction, The Big 5.

Andy White, Group Event Director, said: “At the core of sustainability in the built environment lies, what most industry leaders dub as, an ‘integrated design approach’, where architects, building contractors, project managers, facility managers, cleaning contractors and waste management teams need to be involved at the outset. These events therefore underscore this by bringing these key stakeholders together to see the latest innovations and discuss ways to combat challenges within the industry.”

Recent announcements, including the new Green Building Codes from Dubai Municipality, provide clear indications on the direction the industry must move in, embracing sustainable construction across a range of sectors and applications. The new events, together with the return of FM EXPO will provide a much needed platform for discussion between regulators and the private sector, as well as access to new solutions and technologies.

The events will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 19-21, 2014. Beyond its role as a showcase for the industries on the exhibition floor, the events will also host a range of educational forums. The renowned World FM Congress will return for its third year, with Middle East Waste & Recycling hosting a dedicated conference and a number of free-to-attend seminars onsite.

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Utico to set up coal-fired power plant in Namibia

Namibia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Utico Middle East, the GCC’s largest private full service utility and solutions provider, for the establishment of a $300 million coal-fired power plant in its Okakkura Governorate. The agreement was signed this week between Ruurd Abma, Managing Director of Utico Middle East, and Justus Ve, CEO of AFRES Pty.

Presently, Namibia is highly dependent on South Africa for its power requirements, importing more than 40% of its power needs from its neighbours. Generation from within the country has become increasingly difficult as the flow in the Kunene River has been variable, making hydro-power generation unpredictable. The establishment of the new plant will therefore be huge step forward for the Namibia to reduce its burgeoning power bills and cut subsidy. The project entails the development of a 150MW increased to 300MW power plant in the African state.
The Namibian government will provide the coal to Utico Middle East that will be utilised to generate clean, low-priced power for its citizens. All power generated in the plant will be sold to Namibia Power Corporation (NAM Power), the government-run power utilities company. In addition to the development of the power plant, Utico will also set up a transmission network to distribute the power across the country.

The development closely follows another major announcement made last week by Utico to set up the world’s largest solar-powered desalination facility in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Once complete, the plant will generate more than 83 million litres of potable water per day and 20 MW of solar power per hour.




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Exhibitors sign-up for World Future Energy Summit 2014

The world’s leading innovators in clean energy are signing up to exhibit at the 7th World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar, January 20-22 next year as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Organiser of WFES 2014, Reed Exhibitions, has announced that 90% of exhibition space has already been sold for next year’s event, with strong interest in the new Sustainable Living Area that will provide energy and water -efficient solutions for urban living, including a full-size eco-home, eco-transport models, and a fully-functioning hotel room sponsored by Rotana Hotels, and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

WFES’s show director, Naji El Haddad said: “Investment in renewable energy, particularly within the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, is growing as more and more governments and private partners commit to large-scale clean energy projects.

“Indeed, the recent WFES insight report into solar energy development in MENA shows the huge potential for developing a large solar industry in the region due to its natural advantages of abundant sunshine and a strong power grid and road network. More importantly, the industry is strongly supported by governments that are committed to the development of clean energy sources to reduce their domestic reliance on fossil fuels.”

Already renowned for showcasing the latest in clean energy technologies, WFES 2014 will once again be the international event that the sustainability industry looks to for new innovations, with exciting new exhibits planned and many exhibitors confirming they will launch breakthrough products.

Next year’s seventh edition of the World Future Energy Summit will be co-located with the second edition of the International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition, also hosted by Masdar, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and is the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from 19-22 January 2014.


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MAPEI launches innovative Re-con Zero system

MAPEI, global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for construction, introduced its latest additive technology, Re-Con Zero (Returned Concrete with Zero Impact) at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference, a part of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show 2013 taking place from November 25 to 28, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The innovative solution allows the complete recycling of the returned concrete from the job site to the batching plant within minutes without any wastes or negative impact to the environment.

The Re-con Zero system does not require special equipment as its additives treat the returned concrete in the truck mixer. The resulting granular material can be used as aggregate for new concrete production. MAPEI’s new solution is environment-friendly as it foregoes the use of as much as 5% of natural aggregates (depending on local standards), thus preserving natural resources and reducing the cost for waste disposal.

Roberto Saccone, Regional Business Manager – Concrete Admixture of MAPEI UAE, said: “The system is a pioneering green technology that is cost effective as well, and reflects the company’s 75 years of experience. We are also exhibiting other exciting and new products at Big 5 that are designed to enhance consumer and industry appreciation through the quality and versatility of our solutions.”



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