Utilities Middle East – August 2019

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Kuwait increases
renewables target, eyes
up to 400mw of CSP


EDF-Masdar consortium awards Dumat Al

Jandal EPC deal to Vestas

Danish renewables fi rm to deliver wind turbines and maintenance

services for 415MW wind megaproject in Al Jouf

Kuwait has expanded its 2030 renewables
target at the Shagaya renewable energy
complex to 4 GW but CSP developers will
have to wait until a third phase of develop-
ment, due online in 2025-26, to secure proj-
ects, Osamah Alsayegh, Executive Director
of Energy & Building Research Center at
KISR, told New Energy Update.
In February, Kuwait started commercial op-
erations at its 50 MW Shagaya CSP plant, mark-
ing the completion of phase 1 of the Shagaya
renewable energy park.
Developed by the Kuwait Institute for Sci-
entifi c Research (KISR), the Shagaya park was
launched in 2012 and was originally expected
to host 2 GW of capacity by 2030, across three
phases. KISR initially recommended a gen-
eration mix at the park of 56% CSP capacity--
equivalent to 1.15 GW-- alongside 35% PV and
7.5% wind, reported New Energy Update.
Kuwait’s electricity demand is expected to
triple by 2030 and the Shagaya complex forms
part of Kuwait’s target to generate 15% of its
electricity from renewable sources.
KISR has now decided to add a fourth phase
to the park and raise its 2030 target at the site
to 4 GW, but CSP developers will miss out on
much of this expansion, Alsayegh told New
Energy Update.
In phase 2, Kuwait National Petroleum Com-
pany (KNPC) will develop 1.5 GW of capacity
and has decided to install 100% PV technology,
despite KISR recommending 20 to 30% CSP
capacity to improve dispatchability.
As a result, CSP capacity at Shagaya will be
far below KISR’s initial recommendations and
developers will have to wait until phase 3 to bid
for projects, Alsayegh said.


supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind
It also includes a 20-year active output man-
agement 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement
for the operation and maintenance of the wind
The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to
the Emirati-French consortium by Saudi Ara-
bia’s Renewable Energy Project Development
Offi ce (Repdo), part of the Saudi Arabian Minis-
try of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources,
in January 2019.
Once operational, the Dumat Al Jandal plant
will produce electricity under a 20-year power
purchase agreement (PPA) with Saudi Power
Procurement Company.
“With our 4 MW platform’s market-leading
cost of energy and our expertise throughout
the entire wind energy value chain, the project
delivers sustainable energy and develops the
region’s renewable energy industry,” said
Eduardo Medina, president of Vestas Mediter-

Danish renewables fi rm Vestas has won an
order from a consortium of France’s EDF
Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy
Company (Masdar) for the 415MW Dumat Al
Jandal wind park in Saudi Arabia’s Al Jouf,
marking a signifi cant step in the kingdom’s
drive to boost its renewable energy produc-
Vestas said the engineering, procurement,
and construction (EPC) contract covers the

Emirates Water and Electricity Company
PJSC (EWEC), the UAE’s leading procurer
of water and electricity, issued a tender for
the construction and development of a new
2,000 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power
project to be located at Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.
The new project forms part of a series of proj-
ects approved by the higher Committee for the
Water and Electricity Sector in Abu Dhabi.
International and local companies are among
24 bidders pre-qualifi ed to build the world’s
largest single-site solar plant in Abu Dhabi, a
spokesman for the fi rm in-charge of managing
the emirate’s water and power said last month.
This follows the receipt by EWEC earlier this
year of 48 Expression of Interests (EOIs) from
leading international and local developers.

Kuwait started operations at its
50MW Shagaya CSP plant

Abu Dhabi is building a new 2000 megawatt (MW) solar PV project

24 fi rms for new UAE solar plant


In line with the successful Independent
Water and Power Producer (IWPP) program
launched by the Abu Dhabi government in 1998,
successful bidders would hold a 40% equity
participation in the project, with the remaining
stake held by local entities.


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