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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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WETEX attracts over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries

Themed ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, the 16th edition of Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), held between April 14 – 16 in Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, registered a 9.33% increase in number of exhibiting companies and nearly 20% increase in number of participating counties until date.

It is estimated that WETEX 2014 has attracted so far more than 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries, compared to 1360 companies from 32 countries in 2013 edition.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said: “The UAE is playing a leading role globally in establishing new principles in accelerating the pace towards green economy and environment sustainability. Moreover, WETEX 2014 is an ideal venue to discuss roadmaps to reach a sustainable future and achieve green economy.”

The exhibition will coincide with “World Green Economy Summit”, which will be held in the UAE in collaboration with Dubai Green Economy Partnership under the theme “Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future”, where DEWA supervises its organisation under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. The summit will attract wide participation of national pavilions which will showcase latest solutions and technologies relevant to energy, water, oil and gas and environment.

The organising committee of WETEX ran a number of marketing roadshows in Poland, Turkey, France, Russia and South Africa as it met with many decision-makers and specialists. The committee highlighted the UAE’s efforts in sustainability that stems from its vision to become one of the best countries in the world by 2021.

In addition, WETEX 2014, held under the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, will discuss, through a series of seminars, topics relevant to the fields of electricity, water, solar and nuclear energy and energy efficiency, water and natural resource conservation and sustainable development as well as other topics which are priorities for public and private sectors around the world.

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Winning Expo 2020 bid will benefit tourism

Hosting Expo 2020 will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE, and provide a unique platform on which to communicate the remarkable story of a young city and nation – according to HE Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.

Shortly after Dubai was announced as the winning host city for Expo 2020 at the final vote counting in Paris yesterday, HE Helal Saeed Almarri said: “From the outset, Dubai’s Expo bid was part of the government’s long-term vision that ensures sustainable national development and a prosperous future for the UAE. Hosting Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that will be maximised to accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider GCC region.”

Gathered in Paris, France, for the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE) General Assembly, representatives of the 168 BIE member nations voted on bids from the final four contenders – UAE, Brazil, Russia and Turkey – to host the 2020 edition of one of the world’s oldest, largest and most significant international mega-events. Dubai’s bid – themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – won with 116 votes.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri continued: “In May of this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the Tourism Vision for 2020. It is a strategy which sets a clear path towards developing Dubai’s tourism industry with a target of welcoming 20 million visitors to Dubai a year by 2020.”

Between October 2020 and April 2021, more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2020, 70% of which will be from outside the UAE – the largest number of international visitors in Expo history.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri stated: “With regards to hospitality, there are currently 82,000 hotel and hotel apartment rooms in Dubai with this figure expected to double by 2020: this expanded hotel portfolio will be vital to ensure the demands of the Expo visitors are met and DTCM will work with our partners in both government and the private sector to put in place the infrastructure and processes needed to meet the demand of the 25 million expected visitors over the Expo period.

“Our successful bid demonstrated the value in harnessing the collective power, resources and passion of all of our city stakeholders and the people of the UAE and we will ensure that the world is welcomed in style in 2020.”

More information on Dubai’s successful bid to host Expo 2020 can be found at www.expo2020dubai.ae



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Big 5 opens with a spirit of optimism

Dubai’s construction extravaganza Big 5 opened today (Nov 25) at the World Trade Centre with more than 2,400 exhibitors from 65 countries.

Across the exhibition showgoers were optimistic with an estimated $15.5 billion in construction contracts awarded in the UAE in the first half of this year, up 66% compared with the same time in 2012.

And thousands were pinning their hopes on a further boost to the construction industry with the announcement of the Expo 2020 winner due on Wednesday (Nov 27)the day before the show closes. Candidate city Dubai remains a front runner of the four remaining cities bidding for the event.

Event director Andy White told Bgreen that across the GCC $67 billion of contracts were awarded in the first half of 2013 that outstripped contracts awarded in the second half 2012 by 53 per cent.

A show spokesman said: “On hand will be a great number of products and division adding up to a much bigger event overall.

According to recent reports, the Middle Eastern construction sector has grown 19% with $81.6 billion worth of contracts awarded this year with an additional $64.5 billion to be granted in the second half of 2013.

The show, organised by dmg events, will feature thousands of exhibitors in 30 national pavilions from countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain, the UK, France, Turkey and Greece.

Also present will be the co-located shows Middle East Concrete and PMV Live, prepared to service the region’s burgeoning infrastructural equipment needs.

White said: “Big 5 2013 would see a considerable increase in companies from Greece and Egypt has 74 more exhibitors than last year.”

Around 70 per cent of exhibitor bookings coming from international agents, though there are 483 companies from the UAE – that’s 11% up on last year.

The show will run from November 25-28 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and full details of the programme and exhibitors can be found HERE ( http://www.thebig5.ae/page.cfm/link=1 )



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Sustainability on the rise in the UAE

Dr Michael Krämer, Senior Associate and Energy Specialist at international law firm Taylor Wessing, Dubai, outlines where he sees opportunities for the solar sector in the UAE

It is no secret that Dubai has put forward a bid to host the Expo 2020 and this is good news in any case. The vote takes place on November 27 and if Dubai wins it will have a dramatic effect on the country and once again focus attention on the emirate. It’s interesting how Dubai has sought to differentiate itself from its competitors Yekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and Sao Paulo in Brazil. A key focus of the Dubai 2020 bid has been sustainability.
Fifty percent of all energy needs for the Expo site (south of the city around Jebel Ali) will be generated on-site from renewable sources. In addition, a substantial amount of recycled materials will be used for the construction, while waste water will be recycled and reused as well.
Dubai’s Expo related efforts are just one element of a general trend towards a more sustainable lifestyle in the UAE, however. Let us not forget, the UAE is still one of the biggest carbon emitters globally, so this new trend is very welcome indeed.
Both, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) are currently looking more closely into encouraging commercial enterprises and residents to install solar plants on the roofs of their facilities and homes. At present, energy generated from comparatively small solar plants is still more expensive than the (highly subsidised) power supply from the public grid. Hence, both DEWA and ADWEA are looking into offering schemes that will aim to bridge the gap between conventional energy supply and self-generated solar energy. It is not yet clear how these incentive schemes will look like in the end, but it seems safe to assume that private investments into solar energy generation will become an interesting proposition.
The beauty of the utilities creating incentives for private solar investments is manifold. Not only will it be possible for those who are interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle to supplement their energy requirements with clean energy. It will also have an overall learning effect since energy generation will become more visible.
At present, electricity is just something that is a) produced somewhere far away with nobody really having an interest where electricity is coming from and b) cheap, so c) electricity is not really on anybody’s mind. An unwanted side effect of this is that we tend to waste anything we do not have any relationship with which, in turn, is a major reason for the fact that carbon emissions in the UAE are so high.
This will change if electricity becomes more tangible. A positive side effect of people generating their own energy is that these people tend to become much more conscious of what it takes to produce the energy we tend to take for granted. In the medium term, this will encourage people to take a more responsible approach towards energy usage. There is a large gap between using energy irresponsibly and being a treehugger. Yet, there is no need to transform the UAE population into treehuggers (which would be difficult anyway, given that there are probably more people than trees in this country), but people using their minds when using energy would be a fair start indeed.
We are, no doubt, just at the beginning of a process of transformation of the UAE into a country that supports a more sustainable approach to its environment. The wheels are in motion, however, and are slowly picking up speed. As with so many other things before, the UAE is spearheading this move in the region and we have the chance to be part of it. History unfolding. Good news for the region.

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