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Jordan has said that it expects to reach a compromise with Washington on its nuclear power plants by the end of 2010, paving the way for the award of a reactor construction contract several months later, reports The National.
Colfax Corporation, a global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications, announced its Allweiler AG business unit will deliver a US$1.4mn fuel injection skid order through Siemens AG for use in gas turbines in Iraq. The skids will be used for power plant expansions in Kirkuk as well as new plants being built in Baiji and Baghdad. The first two skids will be completed in early 2011. The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity has ordered an additional five and has options to purchase three more.
Saudi state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corp (SWCC) has awarded a US$2.44 billion power plant contract to a group led by China's Sepco III Electric Power Construction Corp, an industry source has been reported as saying. The group, which includes Saudi Arabia's Al Arrab Contracting Co, will build a 2,400 MW plant that will be integrated with a water desalination facility in Ras Azzour, on Saudi Arabia's Gulf coast. Sepco III and Al Arrab's bid was the lowest.
A Korean-led consortium plans to launch a US$20 billion project in December to build four nuclear reactors in the UAE, the state-run power supplier said recently. Last December, the consortium led by state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) won the landmark deal, the first international contract for the Asian nation's nuclear industry.
In spite of a substantial fall off in world exports of diesel generating sets up to 2000 kVA, the Middle East, comparatively, showed a more modest fall. Worldwide export figures show a US$2.5bn or 28.7 per cent fall compared to a 14.6 per cent fall in the Middle East (accounting for some US$237mn). According to Customs & Excise official statistics, exports from the UK to the Middle East fell by US$115mn (19 per cent) although their sales still outrank the rest of Europe. Surprisingly, the rest of Europe showed an increase in exports against the previous year by a handy US$52mn. By comparison, the US had a large fall of approximately US$105mn, China fell by US$43mn and Japan by US$26mn.