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Renewable energy news from the Middle East and beyond. All the important stories, exclusive interviews, plus authoritative opinion and analysis

The number of electric vehicles in Dubai passed 30,000 by the end of April 2024

Parkin to roll out more green EV chargers across Dubai

Dubai is expanding its network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers as part of the emirate’s push to accelerate smart and green mobility. Parkin, the state-backed parking management company, has signed an agreement with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) to increase the number of EV green charger stations at prime locations across the emirate. Parkin […]

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UAE to roll out countrywide EV fast charger network

The UAE is speeding up the expansion of its electric vehicle charger infrastructure in support of the energy transition, the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production. UAEV, a joint venture between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Etihad Water and Electricity that was announced on Monday, intends to build a network of high-performance […]

Wind turbines in Bozcaada, Turkey. The country wants to strengthen its renewable energy sector by developing the solar power market

Turkey’s renewables scheme given $1bn by World Bank

The World Bank has signed a $1 billion programme with Turkey to fast-track the nation’s renewable energy expansion initiatives. The financing comprises €600 million ($657 million) in loans from the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, $30 million from the clean technology fund, and $3 million in grant funding from the World Bank’s energy sector management assistance […]

UAE-led consortium secures land for $10bn wind farm in Egypt

A consortium led by Masdar, the UAE’s state-owned renewable energy company, has signed a land access agreement with the Egyptian government for a $10 billion onshore wind farm. The other partners are Infinity Power, a joint venture between Masdar and Egyptian renewables business Infinity, and Hassan Allam Utilities, a Cairo-based developer and investor. The agreement […]

Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies, said last month that he expects the first phase of the project to be completed in 2025

Iraq forges ahead with plans for first big solar plant

Iraq is proceeding with its first large-scale solar plant, which will be constructed by France’s TotalEnergies. The 1GW plant will be built in Basra, southern Iraq, as part of a $27 billion investment agreement for an integrated project that includes four oil, gas and renewables facilities. According to reports it will supply clean electricity equivalent […]

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Mubadala to invest $13.5bn in sustainable biofuels in Brazil

Mubadala Capital is to invest $13.5 billion in biofuels in Brazil.  Its chief investment officer and head of Brazil Oscar Fahlgren told the Financial Times that the scheme to produce renewable diesel and aviation kerosene using mainly non-food plant matter is “a very important capital project”.  Mubadala is the second-biggest sovereign wealth fund in Abu […]

The power purchase agreement is isgned in the presence of Uzbek prime minister Abdulla Aripov and Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud

Acwa Power builds Uzbekistan portfolio with $5bn deal

Saudi energy major Acwa Power has signed a power purchase agreement worth nearly $5 billion with the state-owned National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan for the five gigawatt (GW) Aral wind independent power producer (IPP) project. The wind IPP will be the largest wind farm in Central Asia and is the Saudi-listed renewable company’s 15th project in Uzbekistan, a […]

Acwa Power has 75 assets in various development stages and operations in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia

Acwa Power secures $3bn for Saudi renewable projects

Saudi renewables major Acwa Power has secured funding of SAR11.4 billion ($3 billion) for two projects in the kingdom. The company signed a debt financing agreement worth SAR5.7 billion for the development and construction of a 1,800 megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant in Madinah. It also signed a deal to obtain SAR5.7 billion in funding […]

An offshore wind farm in the UK. The projects planned by Masdar and Bapco could be the first such facilities in the Middle East

Bahrain signs deal with Masdar to develop wind energy

UAE clean energy company Masdar has formed a partnership with Bahrain’s Bapco Energies to explore the development of wind energy projects in Bahrain.  The two companies will develop up to two gigawatts (GW) in near-shore and offshore wind farms, Masdar said. The collaboration will help Bahrain accelerate the decarbonisation of its critical industrial sectors. Energy, […]

A boy shares a hot spring with cows in Guroymak, Bitlis, Turkey. The World Bank has recognised Turkey’s geothermal potential with $600m of grants and loans

Investors warm to Turkey’s geothermal sector

Turkey is planning to offset its hydrocarbons deficit by broadening its renewable energy base, with the country’s geothermal sector being targeted by investors as a strong growth market. Turkey’s current installed capacity of 1700 megawatts (MW) – much of which is being used in agriculture to heat greenhouses – ranks it among the leaders in […]

TotalEnergies Iraq

TotalEnergies targets 2025 for first phase of Iraq projects

France’s TotalEnergies aims to complete the first phase of a solar power project and the initial phase of the associated gas project in Iraq in 2025, its chief executive Patrick Pouyanné has said. Pouyanné met with the Iraqi prime minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Riyadh, the Iraqi […]

The Elmed undersea power line will run from the electrical substation at Partanna in Sicily to a substation at Mlaabi, Tunisia

Tunisia-Italy power project gets $285m investment 

The Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) has revealed plans to invest about €266 million ($285 million) to complete the Tunisian-Italian Elmed Interconnector Project, a 220km power line connecting the two countries. The investment will fund the Tunisian side of the project, which includes laying a 100km submarine power cable worth €125 million and the […]

Total and OQ executives at the FID signing ceremony for the LNG bunkering project in Sohar Port

OQ and Total approve $1.6bn LNG project in Oman

State-owned Oman National Oil (OQ) and French energy major TotalEnergies have finalised the construction of a $1.6 billion Marsa LNG bunkering project at Sohar Port. The project will be developed by Marsa Liquefied Natural Gas, a joint venture owned 80 percent by TotalEnergies and 20 percent by OQ, the state-run Oman News Agency reported. The upstream component […]

Salim Al Aufi

Subsidies not route to affordable energy, says Omani minister

Providing affordable energy is the biggest priority for Oman’s minister of energy and minerals, but subsidies are still not an option.  “Affordable energy, sustainable energy and clean energy in that order. We cannot flip it,” Salim Al Aufi told AGBI in an exclusive interview on Monday during the Oman Petroleum and Energy Show, which took […]

The Al Dhafra solar PV project. Ewec plans to increase Abu Dhabi’s solar production capacity to 7.6 GW by 2030

Abu Dhabi to generate 50% power from green sources by 2030 

Abu Dhabi plans to generate more than half of its electricity from renewable and clean energy by 2030, a senior Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) official has said. The state-owned entity is increasing the emirate’s solar energy production plan to 7.6 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, the UAE state-run Wam news agency reported, quoting CEO Othman Juma […]

An Acwa Power solar facility in Saudi Arabia. The Bank Of China loan will help finance its solar projects in Uzbekistan

Acwa Power takes China bank loan in first for Saudi Arabia

Saudi energy major Acwa Power has secured an $80 million loan from the Bank of China as the appeal of the Chinese Renminbi as a trade currency gains traction in the GCC. Acwa Power, the world’s largest private water desalination company and a first mover into green hydrogen, has received the equity bridge loan to […]

Solar power panel

Cost of Xlinks Morocco-UK project balloons by a third

The cost of an ambitious project to deliver green energy from the south of Morocco to power homes in the UK has ballooned by more than a third to $30 billion. Xlinks First is behind the Morocco-UK renewables project, which would construct the world’s longest high-voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea power cable between the North […]

Waste To Energy Biogas plant with solar, battery station and E-car charging station

African renewables are ripe for investment, says Irena

Africa accounted for less than 1 percent of the new renewable energy sources added globally last year, and a conference in Abu Dhabi this week called on wealthy investors to help the continent achieve its targets. Amani Abu Zeid, commissioner for infrastructure and energy of the African Union Commission, told the International Renewable Energy Agency […]

A solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh. Solar power will contribute to Saudi Arabia's 2030 renewable goal

Renewables target for 2030 in sight for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will expand its renewable energy output sixfold by 2030 if it continues at its current pace, a survey found this week. But it will need to add 20GW of capacity annually if it is to reach an ambitious government target laid out last year. In December the government set a new target of […]

The Khazna facility will raise utility Ewec’s total installed solar PV capacity to 5.5 gigawatts

Developers sought for Abu Dhabi’s Khazna solar plant

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) is seeking developers to build a 1,500 megawatt solar power facility in Abu Dhabi as the emirate ramps up its green energy drive. The utility has issued a request for proposals to qualified companies that have expressed interest in developing the Khazna Solar Photovoltaic project. A total of 27 […]