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  • UAE keen to start next nuclear plant phase

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    18 July 2024

    The UAE government could start the tendering process this year for the state's next nuclear power plant, located in Abu Dhabi, according to a Reuters report citing a senior UAE government official.

    According to the report, Hamad Alkaabi, the UAE's permanent representative to the Austria-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said: "The government is looking at this option. No final decision has been made in terms of the tender process but I can tell you that the government is actively exploring this option."

    The government has yet to budget for a second power plant or decide on the size or location of such a project, but Alkaabi said it is possible a tender could be issued this year, the report added.

    A significant increase in electricity use over the next decade, driven by population growth and an expanding industrial sector, underpins the plan to proceed with the next phase of the state's civilian nuclear power programme.

    Any new power plant would likely consist of two or four reactors, said Alkaabi, who also serves as the deputy chairman of the board of management of the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

    The next phase of the Barakah power plant, comprising reactors five to eight, has been in the planning stage since 2019, according to regional projects tracker MEED Projects.

    The UAE became the first Arab state to operate a nuclear power plant when the first of the four reactors at Abu Dhabi’s Barakah nuclear power plant became operational in 2021.

    Each of the four reactors at the Barakah nuclear power plant can produce 1,400MW of electricity.

    Three of the plant’s four reactors are operational. Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation's operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company, completed the loading of fuel assemblies into Unit 4 in December 2023. 

    Unit 4 will raise the Barakah plant’s total clean electricity generation capacity to 5,600MW, equivalent to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs.

    Korea Power Corporation is the prime contractor for the $24.4bn first phase of the Barakah nuclear power plant.

    GlobalData expects nuclear power capacity in the Middle East and North Africa region to grow from zero in 2020 to an estimated 7.1GW by 2030, mainly thanks to Abu Dhabi’s Barakah nuclear energy plant and the first reactors of Egypt’s El-Dabaa nuclear power plant.

    The UAE is one of more than 20 countries that committed to tripling global nuclear energy capacity by 2050 at the UN climate change summit Cop28, which was held in Dubai in late 2023.

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    Jennifer Aguinaldo
  • Dubai South completes autonomous vehicle trials

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    17 July 2024

    Dubai South, an urban master development focused on aviation, logistics and real estate, has completed the first stage of an autonomous vehicle trial in partnership with Russian transport solutions company Evocargo.

    The trials were carried out on a set route in a closed area of the Dubai South Logistics District, Dubai South said on 17 July.

    During the trials, Evocargo checked and validated the hardware, software and reliability of its unmanned electric truck – the Evocargo N1 – for future service in the Logistics District.

    According to Dubai South, autonomous navigation on a predefined route was tested, with an emphasis on safety in mixed traffic scenarios involving interaction with other participants including automobiles, trucks and pedestrians.

    The tests measured Evocargo N1’s performance in object detection, accident prevention, collision avoidance with moving obstacles and emergency stops.

    The truck’s autopilot system was tested in manoeuvres including parking, reverse parking, turning and reverse turning.

    The test also validated the control centre's functionality in route management, remote monitoring and control.

    Dubai South said that no failures or potentially hazardous incidents were reported by any parties during the series of tests.

    Evocargo prepared a report on the trial results across two stages, including the Evocargo N1 platform carrying out freight transportation tasks on a standard route in a closed area.

    Dubai South said: “The platform’s ability to respond to its surrounding environment in mixed traffic was extensively tested and met high validation standards.”

    Dubai South and Evocargo agreed to carry out the UAE’s first autonomous electric vehicle trials in a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2022.

    The initiative contributes to Dubai’s long-term goal that 25% of total transportation in the emirate will be autonomous by 2030.

    Related read: UAE among world’s most prepared for autonomous vehicles

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    Jennifer Aguinaldo
  • PIF signs renewables joint ventures

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    17 July 2024

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    Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth vehicle, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has announced the signing of three new agreements to localise the manufacturing and assembly of equipment and components needed for solar and wind power projects.

    Renewable Energy Localisation Company (RELC) – a fully owned PIF company – entered into the three agreements, in line with the Saudi Energy Ministry’s drive to localise the production of renewable energy components, the PIF said in a statement on 16 July.

    RELC focuses on "creating partnerships between leading global manufacturers and the Saudi private sector to meet growing local and export demand for renewable energy, and secure and strengthen local supply chains".

    The first joint venture (JV) comprises China-headquartered wind power technology company Envision Energy and Saudi firm Vision Industries. The new company plans to manufacture and assemble wind turbine components including blades with an estimated annual generation capacity of 4GW. Under this agreement, RELC will hold 40% of the JV, with Envision holding 50% and Vision Industries holding 10%.

    The second JV features China-based solar photovoltaic (PV) supplier Jinko Solar and Vision Industries. The JV entails localising the manufacture of PV cells and modules for high-efficiency solar generation. Under the agreement, which projects annual production of 10GW in generation capacity, RELC will hold 40% of the JV, with Jinko Solar holding 40% and Vision Industries holding 20%.

    The final JV was formed by Lumetech, a subsidiary of China's TCL Zhonghuan Renewable Energy, and Vision Industries. This deal will localise the production of solar PV ingots and wafers with annual production sufficient to generate 20GW of power. Under this agreement, RELC will hold 40% of the JV, with Lumetech holding 40% and Vision Industries having 20%.

    The PIF said: "These agreements will enable the localisation of advanced power generation and manufacturing technologies for renewable energy production in Saudi Arabia, as well as maximising local content to help meet growing domestic, regional and international demand."

    It expects the agreements to "enhance the ability of local manufacturing to benefit from the global energy transition and will support the PIF’s efforts to consolidate Saudi Arabia’s position as a global centre for exporting products and services for the renewables sector". 

    Yazeed Al-Humied, deputy governor and head of Middle East and North Africa investments at the PIF, said the new agreements will contribute to localising the production of 75% of the components in Saudi Arabia’s renewable projects by 2030, in line with the Energy Ministry’s National Renewable Energy Programme.

    He added that these projects will also enable Saudi Arabia to become a global hub for the export of renewable technologies.

    Overall, the PIF, through Riyadh-headquartered utility developer Acwa Power and Badeel, is developing a total of eight renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 13.6GW, involving more than $9bn in investments from the PIF and its partners. These joint projects include Sudair, Shuaibah 2, Ar Rass 2, Al-Kahfah, Saad 2, Haden, Muwayh and Al-Khushaybi.

    Related read: Developers regroup for Saudi renewables plans

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    Jennifer Aguinaldo
  • Dubai sets October deadline for Metro Blue Line bids

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    17 July 2024

     

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    Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has extended the deadline for consortiums to submit their bids for the contract to design and build Dubai Metro’s new Blue Line to 7 October.

    The previous deadline was 19 July.

    The RTA informed companies on 12 January that they had been prequalified to bid for the contract. The tender documents were issued on 15 January.

    In June, MEED reported that several of the consortiums planning to bid for the contract to deliver Dubai Metro's Blue Line had changed as some civil contractors and rolling stock providers had decided not to participate in the tender.

    According to sources close to the project, the consortiums planning to bid for the project include:

    • Hitachi / Larsen & Toubro / Powerchina / Wade Adams (South Korea / India / China / UAE)
    • China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation / Limak Holding / Mapa Group (China / Turkiye / Turkiye)
    • Alstom / FCC / China State Construction Engineering Corporation (France / Spain / China)
    • CAF / China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group / Arab Contractors / Binladin Contracting Group (Spain / China / Egypt / UAE)

    In November, MEED exclusively reported that contractors were forming consortiums to bid for the contract to design and build the metro line.

    The RTA issued a notice seeking expressions of interest from contractors for the design and build of the line in October 2023.

    The project is expected to cost several billion dollars to develop. It is one of Dubai’s largest upcoming infrastructure schemes, requiring international contractors to work in joint ventures with local partners. 

    The design-and-build contractor will be responsible for all civil works, electromechanical works, rolling stock and rail systems. After completing the project, the contractor will assist in maintenance and operations for an initial three-year period.

    The Blue Line will connect the existing Red and Green lines. It will have a total length of 30 kilometres (km), 15.5km underground and 14.5km above ground.

    The line will have 14 stations, seven of which will be elevated. There will be five underground stations, including one interchange station, and two elevated transfer stations connected to the existing Centrepoint and Creek stations.

    The scope of the contract also includes the supply of 28 driverless trains, the construction of a depot to accommodate up to 60 trains, and the construction of all associated roads, facilities and utility diversion works.

    The detailed scope of work for the project includes:

    • Civil works, including detailed design and construction of architectural and structural components (including viaducts, tunnels and stations)
    • Design and execution of electromechanical works
    • Design, procurement and delivery of operation and control systems for rail, stations and facilities
    • Design, manufacturing and supply of rolling stock.
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    Yasir Iqbal
  • Firms express interest in QatarEnergy NGL train project

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    17 July 2024

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    Contractors have expressed interest in a QatarEnergy project to add a fifth natural gas liquids (NGL) train at its NGL complex in Qatar’s Mesaieed Industrial City.

    The objective of the project is to build a fifth NGL train (NGL-5) with the capacity to process up to 350 million cubic feet a day of rich associated gas from QatarEnergy’s offshore and onshore oil fields.

    QatarEnergy issued the expression of interest (EoI) document for the NGL-5 project in June, with contractors submitting responses by 24 June, sources told MEED.

    According to sources, the following contractors are understood to have expressed interest in participating in the project’s main contract tendering process:

    • CTCI Corporation (Taiwan)
    • Larsen and Toubro Energy Hydrocarbon (India)
    • McDermott (US)
    • Saipem (Italy)
    • Samsung E&A (South Korea)
    • Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)
    • Tecnimont (Italy)

    ⁠Following the end of the prequalification round, QatarEnergy is expected to issue the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the NGL-5 project in the third quarter of this year.

    In the EoI document, QatarEnergy said that it began site preparation for the project in the fourth quarter of last year and expects work to complete in the first quarter of 2025.

    QatarEnergy intends to start operations at the NGL-5 facility by the second quarter of 2028.

    Project scope of work

    Associated gas from the PS1, PS2 and PS3 offshore fields and the Dukhan onshore field gets processed at existing facilities in the NGL complex at Mesaieed – the FSP, NGL-1 and Qapco ERU units.

    The planned NGL-5 facility will replace the three units at the Mesaieed complex and process gas from the PS1, PS2 and Dukhan fields.

    The scope of work on the project involves EPC of units for the following functions:

    • Feed gas compression
    • Slug handling
    • Gas sweetening
    • Dehydration
    • Mercury removal
    • NGL fractionation
    • NGL recovery
    • Product treatment
    • Propane refrigeration
    • Acid gas enrichment
    • Sulphur recovery
    • Anti-flaring
    • Utilities
    • Boil-off gas recovery
    • Drains and collection networks
    • Effluent water treatment plant
    • Carbon dioxide treatment and sequestration/export
    • Brownfield modifications
    • Product rundown pipelines.

    QatarEnergy plans to divide the scope of work on the NGL-5 project into five EPC packages.

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    Indrajit Sen
  • SWPC moves Jubail-Buraydah bid deadline

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    16 July 2024

     

    Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has extended by three weeks the tender closing date for a contract to develop and operate Saudi Arabia’s second independent water transmission pipeline (IWTP) project, which links Jubail and Buraydah.

    The planned Jubail-Buraydah IWTP is a 603-kilometre (km) pipeline that can transmit 650,000 cubic metres a day of water.

    SWPC has moved the deadline by which companies can submit their proposals for the contract from mid-July to 8 August, according to a source close to the project.

    At least three teams are expected to submit proposals for the contract, MEED previously reported. They are: 

    • Alkhorayef Water & Power Technologies (local) / Acciona (Spain) / Cobra Instalaciones (Spain) 
    • Nesma Company (local) / Aljomaif Energy & Water (Jenwa, local) / Buhur Investment (local)
    • Vision Invest (local) / Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa, UAE)

    The Jubail-Buraydah IWTP project is larger than the kingdom's first IWTP linking Rayis and Rabigh, which a consortium including the local Alkhorayef Water & Power Technologies Company and Spain's Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios will develop and operate at a cost of SR7.78bn ($2bn).

    SWPC issued the request for proposals for the Jubail-Buraydah IWTP scheme to the prequalified bidders in October last year.

    The state water offtaker qualified 22 companies to bid for the contract in April 2022. 

    The transaction advisory team for the client comprises the US/India’s Synergy Consulting as financial adviser and the local Amer Al-Amr and Germany’s Fichtner Consulting as legal and technical advisers, respectively.

    SWPC’s obligations under the water transfer agreement will be guaranteed by a credit support agreement entered into by the finance ministry on behalf of the Saudi government.

    The project is part of the kingdom’s National Water Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce the water demand-supply gap and ensure desalinated water accounts for 90% of national urban supply, to reduce reliance on non-renewable ground sources.

    SWPC’s Seven-Year Planning Statement calls for developing eight IWTP projects by 2028.

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    Jennifer Aguinaldo
  • Kuwait tenders upstream projects worth $2.1bn

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    16 July 2024

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    State-owned upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has tendered two upstream projects worth an estimated total of $2.1bn.

    The tenders come amid a major push to increase oil and gas production capacity in the country.

    The first project has been given the tender number RFP-2099852 and is focused on the installation of Separation Gathering Centre 1 (SGC1) and Water Injection Plant 1 (WIP1) in the area known as East Kuwait 1.

    This project is estimated to be worth KD333m ($1bn).

    The project is being developed to maintain production and deal with surplus produced water.

    SGC1 will have a total liquid-handling capacity of 600,000 barrels a day (b/d) of liquid. WIP1 will have an injection capacity of 750,000b/d. 

    The deadline for bid submission is 13 October and a pre-tender meeting is due to take place on 14 August.

    The second project has been given the tender number 2099855 and is focused on the installation of Separation Gathering Centre 3 (SGC3) and Water Injection Plant 3 (WIP3) in the area known as South Kuwait 1.

    This project is estimated to be worth KD341m ($1.1bn).

    The project scope includes installing associated gathering manifolds and high pressure injection manifolds for primary oil, water and gas separation at SGC3 and for water treatment and injection at WIP3.

    The deadline for bid submission for the second project is 15 October and a pre-tender meeting is due to take place on 13 August.

    The companies that have pre-qualified to bid for both contracts are:

    • Hyundai Engineering (South Korea)
    • Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
    • Larsen & Toubro (India)
    • Fluor (US)
    • Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)
    • Sinopec Engineering Incorporation (China)
    • CTCI Corporation (Taiwan)
    • Saipem (Italy)
    • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
    • JGC Holdings Corporation (Japan)
    • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
    • Sinopec Luoyang Engineering (China)
    • Petrofac International (UK)

    Kuwait is currently experiencing an uptick in oil and gas project activity, largely due to political developments in the country.

    On 10 May, Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, announced the indefinite suspension of parliament in a televised speech.

    Under Kuwaiti law, parliament can be suspended for a maximum of four years.

    Prior to the suspension of parliament, the country suffered from very low levels of project awards for several years due to political gridlock and infighting between the cabinet and parliament.

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  • Neom awards $84m water recycling plant contract

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    16 July 2024

    A team comprising Saudi Arabia's International Water Distribution Company (Tawzea) and Spanish infrastructure engineering firm Lantania has won a contract to build the Al-Badaa water recycling plant in Neom in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

    The contract is worth SR316.2m ($84.3m), Sisco Holding, which owns a 50% share in Tawzea, said in a bourse filing on 15 July.

    The contract for the scheme, which is officially known as the Al-Badaa Water Recycling Plant Enhancements Project, is for 24 months.

    MEED understands the plant will treat up to 32,300 kilograms a day of sludge and will deploy advanced technologies such as solar drying and a sequential biological reactor.

    A 50:50 joint venture of Tawzea and Lantania will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of the project, in addition to the construction of an interim biosolids treatment facility, an interim innovation centre and a biosolids demonstration centre.

    Sisco Holding said the financial impact of the contract awarded to the Tawzea-Lantania team is expected to be seen in the fourth quarter of this year. 

    Another water recycling plant project

    Prequalification is under way for another water recycling plant project in Neom, which is being procured using the build-own-operate-transfer model,

    Neom's Hidden Marina wastewater recycling plant will have the capacity to treat 64,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) of wastewater, expandable to 80,000 cm/d.

    The plant will supply water recycling services to the anticipated occupants of the 170-kilometre-long pair of parallel buildings that will make up The Line at Neom.

    The project's first phase is expected to cost approximately SR1.3bn ($347m).

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    Jennifer Aguinaldo
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