Dubai extends power plant bid date to Dec 12"
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has extended the deadline for bids to build its first Independent Power Project (IPP) from mid October to December 12 on the request of the prospective developers. ""Dewa has received several requests from potential partners to extend the closing date,"" chief executive Mohammed Al Tayer said in a statement in late September. ""Dewa has granted approval after having made sure that there won't be any adverse affect on the project and therefore on Dubai's needs of electricity due to this change."" The 1,500-megawatt Hassyan-1 is the first power plant in the emirate of Dubai that will be built under based on Independent Power Producer (IPP) concept. The winning developer will own 49% of a special purpose company that will own the Hassyan I Project, with the rest held by Dewa. Final bids had been due by October 18. Source: Reuters"
Saudi Electric to sign $2.85bn power plant deal"
State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) will sign a SR10.7 billion ($2.85 billion) power deal with a consortium that includes South Korea's Samsung for construction of the Qurayyah plant, it said in mid-September. Al-Qurayyah, south of the eastern city of Khobar, would have a power generation capacity of around 3900 megawatts (MW), SEC said, adding it plans to sign the deal very soon. The plant is the third of the six planned Independent Power Projects (PPP, which involves the private sector and that would add around 11,000 megawatts of capacity in the kingdom. Saudi Electricity will buy all the power produced by the plant from the winning consortium, which will run it on a build-own-operate basis. The consortium also includes Acwa Power Projects Ltd and Mena Fund. The plant is expected to start production before the summer of 2014, SEC said. Source: Reuters"
$2bn plan to double Bahrain’s power supply"
Bahrain will be able to produce nearly double the amount of power it needs to meet demand for energy once a $2.1 billion power and water desalination plant is up and running, said a top government official. The Al Dur Power and Water Desalination Plant is scheduled to be operational in November, said Energy Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza. 'Bahrain's largest peak per day demand of power has been 2,816MW so far, while this plant alone will be producing 1,234MW,' he revealed. 'With its commissioning, power output in Bahrain will increase to 4,000MW, which means there will be plenty of surplus electricity available if the need arose.' Dr. Mirza was speaking at the opening of Bapco's gas delivery system to the plant. 'This is no doubt a significant achievement for Bapco, but also for Bahrain because this delivery system will take care of all of the power plants needs as well as future expansion of industry in the area,' he added. Dr. Mirza said after commissioning the plant would also have a desalination capacity of 48 million gallons of seawater a day. He said the $330 million, 13.65-kilometer pipeline would help fuel massive industrial growth. Source: TradeArabia News"
$12bn power, water projects ‘ongoing in ME’"
A total of 17 power, water, and energy projects valued at $11.9 billion are currently surging ahead in the Middle East, said the organizers of an upcoming power and water conference in Abu Dhabi. The latest figures have been released by market research specialists Ventures Middle East ahead of the second edition of Power + Water Leaders’ Forum, which runs alongside the Power + Water Middle East exhibition, taking place from October 16 to 18 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. In the GCC, as economies diversify and population grows at a steady pace, electricity production across the six States has increased by 90% in the last ten years, from 176.1 billion kilowatts per hour in 2000 to 335.3 billion in 2011. At the same time, energy consumption has increased by 91%, from 160.4 billion kilowatts per hour in 2000 to 306.5 billion in 2011, the research report said. Source: TradeArabia News"
Jacobs wins Saudi utility PMC contract"
US-based Jacobs Engineering Group said it has won a major contract from Saudi Arabian utility company Marafiq to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for its new water facility in Yanbu. Jacobs' scope of work at new integrated power and water facility includes project management, quality assurance, safety assurance, permitting support, engineering review, construction oversight and start-up and commissioning oversight. The company did not disclose the value of the contract, but said the overall project has a value in excess of $1 billion. Marafiq's core business is the development, operation and maintenance of power and water treatment systems to provide essential utility services for the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. Source: ConstructionWeek Online"