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Saudi Power Procurement Company Reveals Bidders For 3700 MW Renewable Energy Projects In Round 5

The Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) has disclosed the list of qualified bidders for the fifth round of renewable energy projects, marking a significant stride under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).

In collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, SPPC invited applications through the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for NREP’s Round 5 on November 12, 2023. Subsequently, by December 5, 2023, 31 applicants submitted Statements of Qualification (SOQ), with 23 companies securing qualification for lead roles in the ambitious projects.


The cumulative capacity of Round 5 reaches an impressive 3700 MW, comprising four distinct projects strategically located across the Kingdom:

  1. [2000] MWac Al Sadawi Solar PV IPP in the Eastern province, KSA.
  2. [1000] MWac Al Masa’a Solar PV IPP in the Hail province, KSA.
  3. [400] MWac Al Henakiyah 2 Solar PV IPP in the Madinah province, KSA.
  4. [300] MWac Rabigh 2 Solar PV IPP in the Makkah Province, KSA.

Bahrain’s EWA Initiates Tender For 90-100 MW Al Dur Solar PV Power Stations

The Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) in Bahrain has announced the launch of a tender, for the establishment of Solar Power Stations at Al Dur in the Southern Governorate. Aligned with the national goals of diversifying energy resources, the project aims to achieve sustainability and support Bahrain’s energy transformation plan. The anticipated production capacity of the solar project is set between 90 and 100 megawatts, contributing significantly to the country’s renewable energy portfolio. The turnkey tender encompasses engineering, design, manufacturing, material supply, installation, testing, commissioning, and civil and electromechanical works. Additionally, it includes the connection of the stations to EWA’s Electricity Transmission network.

Array Technologies and ALUPCO Forge Strategic Partnership to Drive Clean Energy Advancement in Saudi Arabia and MENA Region

Array Technologies, a renowned global leader in utility-scale solar tracking solutions, has announced its intention to form a strategic partnership with Aluminum Products Company (ALUPCO®), a prominent aluminum extrusion company in the Middle East and North African region (MENA). This collaboration aims to leverage expertise, reliability, innovation, and local prominence to advance the clean energy future in Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East. Kevin G. Hostetler, CEO of Array, emphasizes the company’s commitment to the global clean energy market and highlights the shared dedication of partners worldwide to Array’s key differentiators – engineered simplicity, relentless reliability, and a proven track record built on decades of experience, performance, and trust. Hostetler expresses eagerness to bring this partnership to fruition with ALUPCO®, harnessing the strengths and dedication of both organizations to drive transformation in the energy landscape.

Jordan’s MEMR Launches Online Platform For Residential Solar Subsidy Program

In a significant step towards promoting renewable energy adoption, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in Jordan has introduced an online platform for inquiries related to the subsidy program for residential solar heaters and PV systems. The initiative, managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Encouragement Fund (JREEEF), aims to provide direct financial support to citizens looking to install solar water heaters and PV systems. The program covers 30% of the installation costs for eligible households, aligning with Jordan’s commitment to sustainable energy practices.

Iran And Turkey Seal 600 MW HVDC Line Deal For Cross-Border Energy Exchange

In a significant milestone for regional energy collaboration, the Iran Electricity Grid Management Company and TEIAS Turkey have officially signed a contract for the operation of the 400 kV Khoi (Iran) – HVDC Back-to-Back Van (Turkey) line. The line, inaugurated in the presence of Presidents Ebrahim Raisi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, marks Iran’s first cross-border connection through HVDC infrastructure. Mehdi Moghimzadeh, the head of Iran’s Electricity Grid Management Company, highlighted the advanced technology employed in the Van station and outlined the comprehensive agreement covering technical aspects, safety measures, and standards for the smooth and secure operation of the 600 MW line. With the trial operation successfully completed, this development opens avenues for electricity exchange and trade between Iran, Turkey, and other European countries.

IPTO and National Grid Establish Saudi Greek Interconnection for Landmark Electricity Project, Pioneering European-Middle Eastern Energy Collaboration

The signing ceremony for the establishment of the special purpose company “Saudi Greek Interconnection” to conduct the feasibility study for the Greece-Saudi Arabia electricity interconnection was held at IPTO’s headquarters in Athens. Mr. Manos Manousakis, Chairman and CEO of IPTO, and Mr. Waleed Al-Saadi, CEO of National Grid, signed the agreement, reflecting the strategic cooperation between Greece and Saudi Arabia in the energy sector. This collaboration, agreed upon during the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, to Greece in the summer of 2022, is overseen by the Ministries of Energy and Environment of Greece and the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Modi’s UAE Visit: Strengthening Bilateral Ties and Energy Partnership

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, touching down in Abu Dhabi to a warm reception from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. The visit underscored the strong bilateral ties between the two nations, marked by a ceremonial welcome and high-level discussions aimed at enhancing cooperation across various sectors. During the one-on-one and delegation level talks, Prime Minister Modi and President Al Nahyan reviewed the existing Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, emphasizing its expansion into new domains such as trade, investment, digital infrastructure, fintech, energy, and culture.

UNDP Iraq Invites Bids For Water Management And Solar Power Project

In a significant move towards sustainable water management and renewable energy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq has issued a call for bids from qualified companies. The project focuses on paving the Al Aksha channel, located in [city/region], and implementing a solar power system to address challenges related to leakage and inefficient water flow. The Al Aksha channel has encountered issues with water leakage and inefficient flow, prompting the UNDP to initiate this project. The solar system is intended to power water pumps and other associated infrastructure, contributing to enhanced water management and reduced environmental impact.

Egypt’s President El-Sisi Advances Clean Energy Collaboration With Greek Copelouzos Group

In a significant meeting, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi convened with Dimitrios Copelouzos, Chairman of the Greek Copelouzos Group, accompanied by Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker, and other high-ranking company executives. According to Presidential Spokesman Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, the President received an update on the progress of the “GREGY Project,” focusing on power interconnection with Europe. Notably, the project has been successfully incorporated into the initial list of projects of common interest in the European Union. This accomplishment sets the stage for the next phase, involving the preparation of final technical and environmental studies, as well as the study to determine the marine connection cables’ path.

DEWA’s Decade Of Innovation: 85% Cost Reduction And Doubled Efficiency In Solar Power

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has significantly reduced the cost of solar power by 85% and doubled efficiency over the last decade, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the MD and CEO of the DFM-listed utility. Al Tayer shared these achievements during his keynote speech at the World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai. In the last decade, the expense of solar energy in DEWA’s initiatives has dropped significantly, going from 11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to just 1.69 cents, accompanied by a boost in efficiency from 11% to around 24%. DEWA initiated its foray into solar power in 2013 with the launch of the first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, boasting a 13-megawatt (MW) capacity. As of December 31, 2023, the solar park’s total installed capacity has reached 2,627MW.

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