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HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer reviews progress of the 1,800MW 6th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Park. (Image source: DEWA)

Energy

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has assessed the ongoing development of the 1,800MW 6th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model

The project, with an investment of approximately US$1.485bn (AED 5.5bn), aims to supply clean energy to around 540,000 homes and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by about 2.36 million tonnes each year. Spanning 20 square kilometers, this phase has recorded the lowest Levelised Cost Of Energy (LCOE) at US$1.6215 cents per kWh.

Al Tayer received updates on the 6th phase from officials of Shuaa Energy 4, a company formed by DEWA in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), with DEWA holding a 60% stake and Masdar the remaining 40%.

DEWA is advancing the 6th phase of the solar park using the latest solar photovoltaic bifacial technologies with single-axis tracking under the IPP model.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, recognised as the world’s largest single-site solar park, is set to surpass 5,000 megawatts capacity by 2030, backed by an estimated investment of approx. US$13.5bn (AED 50bn). These projects are pivotal to achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, targeting a 100% clean energy share in Dubai’s total power capacity by 2050.

Presently, the solar park boasts a production capacity of 2,860MW, with an additional 1,800 MW under construction. The completion of the 1,800MW sixth phase will elevate the total production capacity to 4,660MW by 2026. By 2030, DEWA anticipates that clean energy sources will contribute approximately 27% to the generation mix.

During the review, Al Tayer was joined by Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, along with other officials from the authority.

The signing took place earlier this year. (Image source: TAQA)

Water

Together with Vision Invest and GIC, TAQA has completed all financing arrangements for the Juranah Independent Strategic Water Reservoir Project (ISWR-1) in Makkah region, Saudi Arabia.

The project cost, worth more than US$408mn (AED1.5bn), has been secured through approximately 82% debt funding from both local and international banks, including Alinma Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF), Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) and Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), demonstrating strong confidence from financial partners in the consortium's financial strength and the project's strategic importance.

TAQA holds a 35% stake in the project company and a 50% shareholding in the operations and maintenance (O&M) company, led by TAQA itself.

The Juranah ISWR-1 Project is pivotal in addressing emergency municipal water demand across the Kingdom, specifically in Makkah and Madinah regions during the Hajj season. With a total storage capacity of 2,000,000 m³, being developed under a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) scheme, and an additional 500,000 m³ capacity operational tanks under a Design, Build, Transfer (DBT) model, the project aims to significantly enhance the potable water transmission and distribution system.

Omar Al Hashmi, CEO, transmission & distribution, TAQA, said, “Achieving financial closure for the Juranah ISWR-1 Project is a significant milestone for TAQA and our partners. This project underscores our commitment to supporting sustainable development in the region and aligns with our strategy to expand our Transmission and Distribution business internationally.”

The Juranah ISWR-1 was the fourth transmission and distribution project being explored or pursued outside the UAE last year. In December 2023, TAQA signed an MoU to explore the possibility of becoming one of the shareholders in a project to develop a 900 km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity subsea interconnector project between Greece and Cyprus. Prior to that, TAQA announced a strategic MoU for a feasibility study of an HVDC onshore infrastructure project in Romania. Earlier in 2023, TAQA invested US$30mn (AED113mn) into Xlinks First Limited, which aims to lay the world’s longest HVDC subsea cables between the UK and Morocco to transport renewable power to the UK.

Schneider Electric honors Al Mulla Engineering with the Sustainability Impact Award for outstanding efforts in enhancing HVAC efficiency and achieving decarbonisation. (Image source: Al Mulla Engineering)

Construction

Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, has announced that Bader Al Mulla & Bros. Co. (Al Mulla Engineering), a member of Al Mulla Group and the largest contractor in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) construction services, has won the Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Award 

Al Mulla Engineering was honored with this award for its outstanding efforts in helping customers achieve their decarbonisation goals. The company implemented energy-efficient designs to enhance HVAC system efficiency while maintaining optimal building operations. During this award cycle, Al Mulla Engineering's team aligned with customer sustainability goals and delivered customised solutions to optimise building operations. These solutions led to a 7% reduction in cooling water consumption and a 9% reduction in energy consumption in 2022 compared to the 2019 baseline.

This recognition is part of Schneider Electric’s initiative to support partners, customers, and suppliers dedicated to achieving sustainability goals. It also highlights Al Mulla Engineering’s strong commitment to ensuring that its strategic growth initiatives adhere to the highest global standards, maintaining sustainability practices across its diverse engineering operations.

Amel Chadli, Gulf countries president, commented, “I congratulate Al Mulla Engineering for its outstanding efforts to empower its customers to reach their sustainability goals. Businesses need to look beyond their own operations and consider who they are indirectly responsible for across their value chain and, crucially, who they can assist along the way. Reaching net zero is a collective goal, and we need to work together to share the best sustainable practices and support customers to decarbonise.”

Anfal N. Al Mulla, managing director of Al Mulla Engineering, added, “We are delighted to have been recognised for the work we have done to minimise the environmental impact on the planet and supporting to improve the performance of the building by providing the technologies to address the environmental social goals of our customers. We are acutely aware that expectations on businesses like ours to demonstrate how we are decarbonising our own operations and those of our customers, are only going to intensify as we draw closer to 2050. We wanted to get ahead and play our part in the journey to net zero and are proud to be recognized for this by receiving this award.”

Schneider Electric facilitates sustainable practices with solutions that are simplified, open and utilise digital transformation as a key driver for positive change. One way the company achieves this is by enabling partners to assess their own carbon footprint and build a trackable and traceable plan of action, as well as certifying partners’ ability to assess the sustainability of their supplier and customer ecosystems.

Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Awards were launched in 2022 to celebrate and recognize the pivotal role that Schneider’s extensive network of partners play in delivering a more resilient and sustainable electric world. Participants continue to be carefully assessed on how they are leveraging energy and digital and automation solutions in operations, reducing energy usage, increasing operational efficiency, and embracing circularity across the value chain.

VSF solvent extraction technology is recognized worldwide and is used, for example, in the largest copper solvent extraction facilities across the globe.

Mining

Metso, a provider of end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries, has announced an expansion to its solvent extraction offering and has introduced the VSF X solvent extraction plant with extended scope

Ras Al Khaimah Ruler inaugurates Sobha Modular Industries new manufacturing facility in the Emirate. (Image source: Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone)

Manufacturing

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, a member of the UAE Supreme Council and the sovereign of Ras Al Khaimah, has recently presided over the opening of the new Sobha Modular Industries manufacturing plant in Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah

Sobha Modular Industries, a branch of the Sobha Group, is engaged in the production of aluminium facades and bathroom pods, employing state-of-the-art AI-driven CNC machinery and robotics within its 250,000 m2 premises. The facility currently has a daily production capacity of 50 pods, with intentions to increase this number to 100 by the end of the year. It also has a daily output of 1,800 m2 in aluminium products, with significant enhancements on the agenda. Additionally, the establishment is poised to generate over 3,000 new jobs in the area, bolstering local employment prospects.

Sobha group founder and chairman PNC Menon said, “We are delighted to announce the inauguration of Sobha Modular Industries, our latest venture poised to revolutionise the regional manufacturing sector in UAE. The grand inaugural ceremony of Sobha Modular Industries was graced by the esteemed presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, which reflects the project’s vital role in bolstering the region’s economic and industrial capabilities. Moreover, it serves as a stellar exemplification of Sobha Group’s unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainability.”

Ravi Menon, co-chairman of Sobha Group, remarked, “We are elated to announce the launch of Sobha Modular Industries, a world-class facility offering advanced production capabilities to positively transform the regional manufacturing landscape. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for sharing his noble vision for the future and being a part of the inaugural ceremony. The innovative venture aims to facilitate ubiquitous development of local industries while augmenting the manufacturing landscape.”

RAKEZ Group CEO Ramy Jallad said, “We are thrilled to welcome Sobha Modular Industries to Ras Al Khaimah. This new facility is not just an expansion of our industrial capacity; it embodies our strategic vision to attract and nurture top-tier global enterprises within our emirate, where manufacturing makes up one-third of the overall GDP. The company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and commitment to sustainability exemplify the innovation we aim to foster. Furthermore, it underscores Ras Al Khaimah’s role as a prime destination for innovative and sustainable industrial development. We are committed to supporting their growth and are confident that their success will inspire further industrial innovation in the region.”

Ras Al Khaimah offers an advantageous manufacturing environment, marked by strategic access to vital raw materials and a compelling cost-value investment proposition, making it an ideal setting for Sobha Group’s new venture to thrive.

Francis Alfred, the managing director of Sobha Realty, expressed, “With heartfelt gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for his support, we proudly inaugurate Sobha Modular Industries, a significant step towards innovation and excellence in construction. With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to sustainability, Sobha Modular aims to revolutionise the construction sector. Our partnership with RAKEZ has been vital, and we appreciate their unwavering support. This step further reinforces our market presence and reaffirms our commitment to the highest quality and customer satisfaction. We aim to set new benchmarks for excellence in the manufacturing industry.”

Sobha Modular Industries has exciting expansion plans in Ras Al Khaimah not just to boost production capacities, but also support Sobha Group’s strategy for backward integration.

The webinar will gather industry experts to discuss the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations. (Image source: Alain Charles Publishing)

Logistics

Technical Review Middle East will be hosting a free-to-view leadership virtual panel on 11 June in association with Bentley, exploring how to maximise productivity and achieve better results in transportation management by integrating digital twin technology

The transport sector in the Middle East and Africa is undergoing a transformative journey in line with consumer pressures and international influences. The growing urgency to minimise environmental impact in all sectors, the importance of delivering safe operations and the pressure to ensure interoperability among new systems across the region are but a few of the demands stakeholders tasked with delivering the transport systems of tomorrow must deliver on.

In performing this duty and re-imagining rail, road and transit operations for the benefit of all, industry leaders are being ever-drawn to the advantages offered by modern technology such as digital twins. In the dedicated virtual panel session, speakers will:

• Explore present challenges and opportunities in the transport sector;
• Examine the role of digital technology as a catalyst for boosting productivity;
• Consider strategies for progressing towards a net-zero carbon future;
• Emphasise maintenance, asset management, and digital solutions.

Industry leaders in attendance

Between 2pm-4pm (UAE) on 11 June, Technical Review Middle East and Bentley will host the free-to-view virtual webinar that will investigate these exciting developments, bringing together leading minds from the industry in order to do so. Joining host Robert Daniels, Editor at Alain Charles Publishing, on the virtual platform:

Mark Coates: Vice President, Infrastructure Policy Advancement at Bentley Systems;
Khalil Al-Abbasi: Sustainability Consultant, The Department of Municipalities and Transport;
Dr. Hamad Al Jassmi: Director of Emirates Centre for Mobility Research, UAEU;
• Debabrata Chakraborty: Sr. Regional Director, MEA & Turkey, Bentley Systems;
• Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf: Infrastructure Lead Engineer MENA, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc;
• Johannes Neethling: Director: Design Services (Act.) & Chief Engineer: Road Systems, Chief Directorate Road Programme Management, Transport
Department of Infrastructure, Western Cape Government.

Together, this formidable line-up of industry experts will explore the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations; provide key insights into innovative strategies; investigate detailed case studies; and examine practical solutions that are helping to unlock a new era of safe and reliable transport systems.

Click here to register for the virtual session

And click here to learn more about Bentley Rail & Transit solutions

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