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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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DEWA wins Emirates Appreciation Award

Last week, Zayed International Foundation for Environment awarded Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) the Emirates Appreciation Award for environmental care. The Innovation, Invention and Environmental Research Award is for successfully implementing the two projects to raise the efficiency and capacity of four gas turbines in power production by applying Wet Compression technology at G-Station, and three gas turbines by using the Inlet Air Chilling technology in the first phase of L-Station. These two projects are considered to be one of the most important that DEWA has completed in the last few years as a means of enhancing efficiency, capacity, production and minimising environmental pollution.

These two great achievements align with DEWA’s drive to apply cutting-edge technologies and global practices in power generation and water desalination stations; to enhance the efficiency and reliability of power and water stations and their relevant networks and grids. They also pay considerable attention to the environment by keeping pace with latest applications, engineering programmes and participation in national and international conferences.

Gas turbines are highly-reliable and efficient power generators, and their operational efficiency in the combined power generation cycle make them the ideal choice for companies and developers of power generation and water desalination plants. However, the efficiency and productivity of this kind of power generator is adversely affected by air temperature, as productivity falls down in summer because of the rise of air temperature to 46 degrees centigrade in the region.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “Many manufacturers and operators of power generation units have admired the Central Cooling of Air Inlets project, which is in the first phase of L-Station. Adopting this integrated strategy in developing its infrastructure, DEWA achieved results that surpass similar private-sector utilities and surpassing also the best ten similar European and American utilities in terms of efficiency, availability and reliability. DEWA’s achievements contributed to placing the UAE in first place in MENA, and fourth place globally in terms of ease of access to energy in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2013.”


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H.E. Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi Inaugurates Intermat Middle East

The third annual Intermat Middle East – the region’s largest exhibition for construction equipment, machinery and materials – commenced yesterday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in UAE. The event will go on for three days beginning with an official exhibition opening and tour was led by His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works (MOPW), UAE.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works, UAE, said: “With Dubai winning the Expo 2020 and the construction industry expected to boom again, Intermat Middle East is an excellent platform to expand our network and meet some of the biggest, most well- known and reputable organisations in the construction industry. Having accumulated a wealth of experience over the years, Intermat Middle East brings together companies providing construction equipment, machinery and materials from across the world that are not only cost-effective but also technologically enhanced.”

Maryvonne Lanoë, Intermat’s exhibition director, said: “We are extremely pleased to once again have the support of the Ministry of Public Works and the Department of Municipal Affairs. 2013 was not the biggest year in market history for the GCC area, despite the growth seen in promising countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq. However, the announcement of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai has already fuelled the market with orders for road building, sewerage works, transport, and tourism infrastructure.

“The market for equipment and machinery will naturally benefit from this upward trend.  Consequently, with this year’s show taking place at the start of the year, it is an essential place to be for anyone who wants to “go shopping” on the equipment market and plan ahead for all the new construction projects. Also, once again this year we are conducting a hosted buyers programme, which aims to attract around 100 decision makers from across the GCC region – these are particularly attentive to the launch of new products in the area.”

The Hosted Buyers Programme is a prestigious networking platform, which makes it easy for top buyers to attend the show, maximising the sales potential for the exhibitors. Hosted buyers from across the GCC were invited to the UAE by the organisers to discover the best machinery, materials and equipment from across the world.

In addition to providing developers with networking opportunities, a series of workshops is also organised in conjunction with the exhibition, which will see speakers focusing on topics such as: major infrastructure projects, regulations, health & safety, design, sustainability, construction materials and machinery.

Participating exhibitors include: SDMO, BOBCAT – Kanoo Machinery, CIFA, LIUGONG, Middle East Cranes Eq. (Hitachi-Sumitomo), Powerscreen, Sennebogen Maschinenfabrik GmbH 551, Yongzhou Yixiang Machinery & Equipment, Sung Won Heavy Machinery, Nooteboom Trailers BV, Ultratrex Machinery SDN, and BHD.


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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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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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