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UAE aims to derive 100% of the required energy from clean sources by 2050. (Image source:)

Energy

UAE and China discuss renewable energy co-operation

In accordance with the efforts of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to bolster its position as a global leader in sustainable energy solutions, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, welcomed a high-level delegation from PowerChina to discuss cooperation in various areas of energy and water.

Delegation discusses clean energy 

The visiting delegation comprised Peng Gang, Vice President of PowerChina-Intl and President of PowerChina MENA; Gao Fei, Vice President of PowerChina MENA; Chen Yunpeng, Vice President of SEPCOIII, a subsidiary of PowerChina; and Hong Li, Chief Representative of PowerChina in UAE.

The discussions revolved around potential collaboration areas, including renewable energy projects, smart grid solutions, water infrastructure development, and joint research and development initiatives. Both parties expressed a desire for strategic collaboration to lay the groundwork for future joint ventures.

Al Tayer underscored DEWA's commitment to sustainability and innovation, particularly in alignment with the goals outlined in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which aim to derive 100% of the required energy from clean sources by 2050.

PowerChina, renowned for its expertise in clean energy, water infrastructure, and sustainable development, expressed interest in collaborating with DEWA to explore new ventures and exchange knowledge and expertise in the energy and water sectors.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. (Image source: Bluewater Bio)

Water

Bluewater Bio secures major water treatment contract in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio’s remarkable year-on-year growth is bolstered by yet another significant contract win, securing an upgrade of the North Sitra wastewater treatment works, valued at US$42mn (£33mn). This follows previous substantial upgrades that are now processing over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Saudi Arabia’s construction market is expected to reach US$91.36bn by 2029. (Image source: Trimble)

Construction

Trimble highlights its Saudi Arabia expansion plans

Trimble, a company in construction technology, is set to impact the construction industry in the GCC region ahead of Riyadh Expo 2030. With its range of solutions, the company is contributing to the development of projects in the region. Various construction companies are expected to use Trimble's solutions, as the company works to integrate its technologies into the GCC region’s construction market.

Using its experience in connected construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology, Trimble has influenced the standards of large-scale construction project execution and completion. The company’s range of software services includes Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Tekla PowerFab, Tekla Model Sharing for Tekla Structures, and Trimble Connect.

Additionally, Trimble offers a variety of MEP products for project information management that improve workflows from the office to the field. The Common Data Environment, Viewpoint For Projects, is a construction management tool that helps businesses manage project documentation and communications. Viewpoint Field View reduces administrative work back in the office. Trimble’s software solutions have been useful in optimising operations, ensuring cost-effectiveness, and timely delivery of projects.

A growing market

According to reports, Saudi Arabia’s construction market is expected to reach US$91.36bn by 2029, up from an estimated US$70.33bn in 2024. With several projects planned, the market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.37% over the projected period. The market is currently driven by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 national development policy, which aims to diversify and privatise the economy of the Kingdom.

The GCC’s construction market is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5% between 2024 and 2029, from an estimated US$169.3bn in 2024 to US$216.8bn by 2029. The region’s project market is still active despite challenges such as inflation, geopolitical unrest, and global pandemics. Contractors, suppliers, and engineering firms are adapting to the changing market conditions by using technological innovations from companies like Trimble.

Paul Wallett, regional director of Trimble Solutions Middle East, said, “With the surging demand of construction projects for different purposes such as tourism, large scale events, economic plans and more, the Middle East and GCC region offers vast opportunities for innovation and growth in the sector. In this evolving industry landscape, our state-of-the-art construction technology solutions play a significant role. The tailor-made solutions aid in addressing unique challenges faced by projects in the dynamic industry landscape. Stakeholders can leverage innovative technological solutions by Trimble to improve productivity, optimise resource utilisation and deliver projects of exceptional quality with efficiency.” 

In line with Saudi Arabia’s aim to expand its economy, several significant projects are underway, which are expected to be completed before Expo 2030. These projects include Jeddah Tower, NEOM, Red Sea Global, Knowledge Economic City, King Abdullah Economic City, Masar Makkah, AlUla, and the Qiddiya project. The development of these projects presents opportunities for Trimble to showcase its solutions and contribute to their successful completion.

Currently, the Kingdom is accelerating Riyadh Metro’s development, a US$22.5bn project that will have six metro lines connecting 85 stations across a 176 km network. During its initial phase, the project is expected to streamline daily transportation for 1.2 million passengers and later expand to 3.6 million at its full capacity. The project, which uses Trimble’s technologies, is expected to be completed this year.

Trimble is involved in the Riyadh Metro project. In 2017, various hardware and software solutions provided by Trimble were used to implement the architectural structure of the Western Station, known for its ‘Sand dunes in the desert’ design. These solutions helped achieve the desired level of detail without a model-based design.

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

Mining

Metso seeks to empower responsible energy transition

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

Sary Diab, COO of Immensa. (Image source: Immensa)

Manufacturing

Immensa pioneers localised manufacturing in Oman's energy sector

Immensa, which is a digital manufacturer, is partnering with Intaj Suhar for Advanced Manufacturing (ISAM) in Oman to boost in-country manufacturing

In accordance with Immensa’s business model, which focuses on constructing digital warehouses catering to the energy sector to facilitate on-demand spare parts, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will initiate collaboration to localise the manufacturing process in Oman. Immensa's expertise in digital inventory solutions and additive manufacturing, combined with ISAM’s local capabilities, will offer a comprehensive solution for Omani companies to procure locally manufactured parts.

Immensa operates within the global energy spare parts market, valued at US$91bn, with the Middle East accounting for 35% of this sector. It stands as the sole company to possess full control over the digital supply chain. Immensa collaborates closely with end users, disrupting the sector by offering digital warehouse solutions and establishing more agile supply chains. This is crucial as traditional structures often struggle to meet customer demands promptly and cost-effectively.

Growth in Oman

A digitised spare parts supply chain offers numerous tangible benefits for energy companies. These include financial advantages like cash release and reduced inventory ownership costs, as well as operational benefits such as localised production. Furthermore, it brings environmental benefits by minimising wastage and lowering the carbon footprint. Annually, energy companies collectively face unnecessary losses estimated at US$30bn.

For Immensa, Oman represents a significant milestone in its organic growth plans. The strategic partnership with ISAM will further accelerate the Company’s expanding regional presence.

Sary Diab, COO of Immensa, said, “We are delighted to sign this MOU with an esteemed manufacturer such as ISAM and extend our solution in Oman. It is an attractive market for Immensa and in line with our organic regional growth strategy. We also look forward to strengthening Oman's manufacturing sector and accelerating its adoption of cutting-edge technologies – in line with the country’s Manufacturing for Wellbeing and In Country Value strategies. We are committed to bettering the energy supply chain, benefitting local businesses operating in the wider sector, and boosting the Omani economy.”

Majid Al Hinai, General Manager of Intaj Suhar, said, “ISAM is excited to enter this collaboration with Immensa, which will greatly enrich ISAM's additive manufacturing capabilities AM. The partnership with Immensa, an esteemed AM manufacturer, aligns perfectly with ISAM's growth strategy and presents a tremendous opportunity to expand our solutions in the attractive market of Oman.

“This collaboration also aligns with ISAM's commitment to strengthen Oman's manufacturing sector and contribute to the country's Manufacturing and In Country Value strategies. By accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, we aim to enhance the energy supply chain by AM technology adoption and contribute to the growth of the Omani economy.

“This partnership will drive innovation, foster growth, and make significant contributions to the manufacturing industry in Oman and beyond, positively impacting local and regional economies.”

GWC’s existing countrywide infrastructure includes vaccine and sample transportation strategies that ensure temperature-controlled transportation. (Image source: GWC)

Logistics

Mastering third party logistics in cold chain

Qatari logistics group GWC showcases its solutions, which use advanced technology and better transportation

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The Big 5 Construct Egypt

Venue
Cairo, Egypt

Venue:

Egypt International Exhibition Centre (EIEC)

Dates:

19 - 21 June 2023

Website:

https://www.thebig5constructegypt.com/