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Dubai strengthens energy ties with China and South Korea



A high level delegation representing the energy sector in Dubai has visited China to look at the latest global practices in the area of sustainable energy and the diversification of its sources. The delegation exchanged knowledge on the usage of conventional power plant technologies (using ultra super critical power plant-coal and synthetic gas) to generate electricity and produce desalinated water.

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Abu Dhabi funds Bahrain transmission line project



The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), a fund established by the government to aid the economic development of developing nations, has granted a loan to Bahrain worth US$50mn. The loan will be used to erect two electric transmission lines, of 220KV and 66KV each, to meet the increasing demand for electric power.

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Transco and Siemens in substation deal

Transco and Siemens in substation deal

Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch (Transco) has placed an order with Siemens Energy to supply transformer substations and switchgear for the UAE power distribution network expansion project. The US$184mn order includes the turnkey supply of three 132/11 kV transformer substations and two 132/22 kV substations.

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Financing ‘remains a problem’ for stretched MENA power sector

While the demand for power in the MENA region is expected to double by 2030, financing remains a problem according to a new report published by the London-based Middle East Association. Alan Mackie, the editor of the Middle East Business Focus 2010, highlights how the latest projections indicate that demand in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will necessitate the installation of at least another 250GW of new capacity.

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US$8.3m Gulf Interconnection Grid service deal signed

US$8.3m Gulf Interconnection Grid service deal signed

Power and automation technology group, ABB, has signed a service contract with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) to provide maintenance for equipment and systems at the Gulf Interconnection Grid's newly constructed substations. The two-year contract is worth US$8.3mn and will aim to optimise the grid's reliability through regular maintenance and provide technical and emergency assistance when required.

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