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EDF & ZAWAWI Group Creates a Joint Venture in Oman

Publish on 08/10/2018

EDF and Alawi Enterprises-Zawawi Group have signed, on 19/09, the shareholders' agreement to create a joint venture, EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, in the Sultanate of Oman to promote and develop the range of services offered by the EDF Group.
His Excellency Mr Renaud Salins, French Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, honored the ceremony with his presence and wished the new entity every success.
 
  • Renaud SALINS, French Ambassador in the Sultanate Of OMAN
  • Siham AL ZAWAWI, Board Member of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group
  • Valerie LEVKOV, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, SVP Africa & ME, International Division - EDF
  • Alawi AL ZAWAWI, Board Member of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services
  • Umberto DOTTA, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, EVP Thermal Generation & Engineering Division – EDF

EDF & ZAWAWI Group Creates a Joint Venture in Oman

Publish on 19/09/2018

EDF and Alawi Enterprises-Zawawi Group have just signed, on 19/09, the shareholders' agreement to create a joint venture, EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, in the Sultanate of Oman.
The purpose of this company is to promote and develop the range of services offered by the EDF Group, starting with technical consultancy or operation and maintenance services in the fields of thermal generation and electricity transmission networks.
 
Alawi Enterprises-Zawawi Group belongs to the Omani family Zawawi.
This group includes many companies in various sectors including those of construction, infrastructure, insurance, tourism, energy, mining, pharmacies ... It represents more than 20,000 employees in Oman.
Relationships between EDF and Zawawi Group were initiated in early 2016 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to develop services activities in the areas of thermal power generation and high voltage networks.
A first contract was signed few months later in 2016 to assist a Zawawi Group subsidiary, Powertech Engineering, in the construction and commissioning of a 100 MW combined cycle power plant in Oman.




Front Row:
  • Mr. Kasiraman SWAMINATHAN, CEO Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services.
  • Renaud SALINS, French Ambassador in the Sultanate Of OMAN
  • Siham AL ZAWAWI, Board Member of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group
  • Valerie LEVKOV, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, SVP Africa & ME, International Division - EDF
  • Alawi AL ZAWAWI, Board Member of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services
  • Umberto DOTTA, Board Member of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services, EVP Thermal Generation & Engineering Division – EDF
 
Second Row:
  • Gilles BORDES, Economic & Commercial Councilor, French Embassy, Muscat
  • Ramesh KUMAR, Financial Controller of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group
  • Mr. Khalfan, PR Manager of Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group
  • Philippe RISBOURG, Senior Engineering & Commissioning Manager – EDF
  • David DULAC, CEO of EDF ZAWAWI Energy Services
  • Laurent CLEMENT, Director Middle East at EDF, MD & CEO EDF ME
  • Sanjay JATTY, Senior Manager Alawi Enterprises ZAWAWI Group, General Manager of ZAWAWI Minerals.

 

SEWA Contract

Publish on 08/05/2018

SEWA (Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority) signed a contract with EDF Ingeum concerning an assistance to the development of a 950 MWe CCPP (Combined Cycle Power Plant) project.
The scope of services will include a review of the feasibilities studies, EPC and LTSA contracts. 
The project will be carried out by EDF team based in Paris during a six-month period and could be pursued by a contract for the supervision of the construction of this new power plant.

The EDF Group commissions its first renewable energy facility in the United Arab Emirates

Publish on 01/05/2018

On Monday 30th April 2018, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State in the UAE Cabinet, CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group) and Chairman of MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and by Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, in the presence of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, and Bruno Bensasson, Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Renewables, inaugurated 200 MW of solar capacity in the Emirate of Dubai

This plant is the first unit of the 800-MW Dewa III facility in which EDF acquired a stake along with Masdar and the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA). DEWA III is the third phase of one of the world’s most powerful solar projects – the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. Amounting to a total investment of 14 billion US dollars (50 billion AED), the solar park will have a total installed capacity of 5000 MW, creating more than 1000 jobs during its development phase and cutting down on CO2 emissions by up to 6.5 million tons a year once it is fully operational in 2030.

The DEWA III project had been awarded at a highly competitive price of 2.99 US cents per kilowatt-hour for the generation of solar power. The currently installed 200 MW of generating capacity will be followed by the consecutive commissioning of two 300-MW units in 2019 and 2020. The facility will thus be used to power Dubai’s World Expo in 2020, according to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai, with a total power output to 75% by 2050.

Statement from Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: “It is a great honour for the EDF Group to contribute to the Emirate of Dubai’s energy transition. I am delighted with the trusting relationship we have forged with our partners Masdar and DEWA to develop carbon-free energy in the region and beyond. Dewa III exemplifies the EDF Group’s ability to execute large-scale solar projects, whilst contributing to the ambitions of the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy: doubling its renewable capacities and tripling its international business outside of Europe by 2030”.

Statement from Bruno Bensasson, Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Renewables: “We are proud to inaugurate the first unit of our large-scale DEWA III solar project with a total installed capacity of 800 MW in this strategic region for the EDF Group. This new project, which is being delivered in accordance with a challenging schedule, illustrates our workforce’s know-how when it comes to developing large solar plants".

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DEWA's MD & CEO visits Al Maktoum Solar Park

Publish on 12/03/2018

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), conducted a field visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The solar park shows the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability and transform Dubai into a global centre for clean energy and green economy.
Al Tayer was accompanied by Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Excellence, Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Government Communications, and Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, Vice President of Special Projects.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, and is based on the Independent Power Producer Model (IPP). The solar park has a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, at a total investment of AED 50 billion. The solar park will contribute to achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050), to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.
Shuaa Energy 2 briefed Al Tayer on the progress of the 800MW third phase of the solar park, which was established by DEWA, which owns a 60% stake in the company. Shuaa Energy 2 was launched in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and Électricité de France (EDF), through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles. The consortium owns the remaining 40% of Shuaa Energy 2. Masdar owns 24% and EDF Energies Nouvelles owns 16%. The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractor GranSolar from Spain, is handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). It includes Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy.
The 800MW third phase will be completed in 3 stages over 16 square kilometres. The first 200MW stage is expected to be operational by April 2018. The 300MW second stage will be operational in the first half of 2019, and the third 300MW stage will be completed in the first half of 2020. 
Al Tayer was briefed about the progress of the construction work at the Innovation Centre, by representatives from Hadeed Emirates Contracting Company and Italdeco Company. It features an interactive facility that’s equipped with the latest clean and renewable energy technologies and will be a platform to demonstrate them. It will enable DEWA to also show its own achievements in renewable energy and sustainability, and highlight the green strategies incorporated in the DCES 2050. The building is 4,000 square metres, and 90 metres high with 5 floors.
The centre will develop renewable energy technologies, raise awareness about climate change and sustainable energy, create interactive presentations, and educate individuals about solar energy. The Innovation Centre will act as a museum and exhibition for solar and renewable energy and hopes to attract tourists, universities, schools, companies, and partners. It will be open to solar power manufacturers and developers as it has a specialised place and permanent convention centre for events and conferences, business meetings, training and meetings on subjects related to solar and renewable energy and other green initiatives.
Al Tayer also reviewed DEWA’s pilot project to install Sodium Sulphur (NAS) batteries by NGK to store energy at the solar park. The batteries will be commissioned and energised by the end of March 2018. The storage power capacity of these batteries is estimated at 1.2 MW with energy output of at least 6 MWh.
In the first phase of the project, the Energy Storage System (ESS) will be installed and tested for 10 years, to integrate renewable energies and improve operating services. It will serve as a testing platform to assess the potential contribution of this technology to other operating services.

Photo Credit: DEWA

Masdar and EDF SA to explore power sector collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publish on 16/01/2018

Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate with EDF SA – the parent company of the EDF Group – in the power sectors of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
The agreement was signed by Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy, and Valerie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. Also present were Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, and Dominique Minière, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Thermal.
 
The partnership will explore development opportunities within the framework of both companies’ existing off-grid investments in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also evaluate new projects and models for off-grid energy solutions in that region.
 
Sub-Saharan Africa has limited access to electricity. According to the World Bank, approximately 600 million people live without a reliable energy source. Through today’s agreement, Masdar and EDF SA hope to expand their portfolio in Africa while promoting local socio-economic development.
 
“Masdar is committed to achieving commercially viable, sustainable access to energy,” said Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy. “We look forward to collaborating with EDF SA to unlock opportunities to address the acute need for modern energy services in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural communities.”
 
Masdar’s current sub-Saharan developments include the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant and eight rural solar energy projects with a capacity of 16.6MW in Mauritania. The company’s extensive off-grid portfolio also includes solar, wind, solar-powered water treatment projects, battery storage and geothermal projects in the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.
 
Our in-depth knowledge of the region is key to offering the most adapted energy solutions,” said Valérie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. “EDF is convinced that the cooperation with Masdar will enhance the development of essential energy projects for sub-Saharan Africa, combining electrification and low-carbon growth.”
 
The MoU strengthens the cooperation between EDF and Masdar, which was initiated in 2017 when the EDF group joined the Masdar-led consortium developing the 800 megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The agreement was supplemented by an MoU in November aimed at ensuring cooperation in the development and financing of the solar project.
 
The EDF group has been present in Africa for over 50 years through a wide range of activities.
EDF has been accelerating its development in clean energy projects, in particular in rural and peri-urban electrification projects. For example, EDF has developed off-grid activities in the Côte d’Ivoire, providing solar kits with pay-as-you-go systems for households, and has developed a 46MW power plant generating electricity from agriculture residue biomass (Biovea – Côte d’Ivoire), the biggest of its kind in Africa.
 
Masdar is a leading developer and operator of utility-scale power plants, grid-tied projects, small-scale applications that provide energy access to communities away from the electricity grid, and carbon abatement projects. Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of US$8.5 billion. The company’s share of this investment equates to US$2.7 billion.
 
Masdar will be highlighting its clean energy projects at this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is taking place on 13-20 January 2018. 

Meeting with H.E. Dr. Rashid Al Leem – Chairman of SEWA (Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority)

Publish on 06/12/2017

On 6th December Mrs. Marina HASHIM, Managing Director and CEO of EDF-Middle East, met with the Chairman of SEWA, H.E. Dr. Rashid Al Leem along with Arnaud LENES (Transmission Engineering) and Jean-Hugues PARIS (Thermal Engineering).
 
This meeting was hold in the margins of the presentation by EDF CIST experts of SEWA Master Plan for Generation. Considering the sustained growth of the Emirate, Sharjah will require to adapt its Electric System from Generation to Transmission and Distribution. In this context, SEWA are keen to get access to the technical advising and expertise of another mature utility.
 
More specifically, Dr. Rashid Al Leem reaffirmed his willingness to develop further the relationship with EDF, which has already been paved with the following on-going projects:
  • Master Plans for both Generation and Transmission,
  • Consultancy services for the connection of a Cement Factory to SEWA grid
  • Technical Advisor for the development of Al Hamryah IPP
 
One of the next steps will be the visit by SEWA of Bouchain Gas Combined Cycle plant and also of the Research facilities of EDF Lab.
 
Another contract for the study of the undergrounding of a 132kV Overhead Line was signed this same day by SEWA.
 

EDF signs a feasibility study with Al Ghurair Resources

Publish on 06/12/2017

Al Ghurair Resources has awarded a contract to EDF Thermal Engineering Center for a feasibility study for the conversion of a coal-fired boiler to gas and a study for the installation of gas turbines or gas engines at their site in Jebel Ali Port. The study will be carried out by the EDF Thermal Engineering Center back office in Paris and must be finalized by the end of January 2018.
This is the second contract signed with this client in 2017.
 

DEWA signs MoU with Masdar and EDF for Phase 3 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and with EDF for Hatta Hydroelectric Plant

Publish on 10/11/2017

Dubai, UAE, 9 November 2017: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with both Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Électricité de France (EDF) to promote cooperation in developing and financing of the 800MW 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, as per the Independent Power Producer model (IPP). DEWA signed another MoU with EDF for a consultancy contract for the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta Dam.
DEWA is building a 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in Hatta, which is the first of its kind in the GCC countries. It will make use of the water stored in the Hatta Dam, increasing the share of renewable energy.
The consultancy contract covers design, hydro-geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies. It also includes consultancy on deep-water tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
The signing ceremony was attended by HE Benjamin Grivaux, the French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance and HE Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi , Undersecretary for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Economy of the UAE. The first MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA; Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of EDF Group; and HE Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. Al Tayer and Levy signed the second MoU during the UAE-France Business Forum at Zayed University, Dubai Academic City.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion (USD 13.6 billion). The solar park contributes to achieving the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050.
The 800MW third phase of the solar park, is being implemented by Shuaa Energy 2, which was established by DEWA with a 60% stake in the company. Shuaa Energy 2 was launched in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and EDF, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, who own the remaining 40% of the company. The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractor GranSolar from Spain, is handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). It includes Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy.
“The MoU supports the directives of the wise leadership, headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which constitute a roadmap for our ambitious initiatives and clean development projects in the clean energy sector. This is part of our efforts to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make the UAE the best country in the world, achieve sustainable development, and promote the welfare of citizens, residents, and visitors. This also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020. This will increase to 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA registered a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of USD $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for the third phase of the solar park, which will be operational in 2020. Upon its completion, the solar park will save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions. The implementation progress of the third phase, which will produce 800MW, will be complete by 2020. The third phase will be completed in 3 stages over 16 square kilometres. The first 200MW stage is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. The 300MW second stage will be operational in 2019, and the third 300MW stage will be completed in the first half of 2020.
“The hydroelectric plant is part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The project will contribute to the development of Hatta, and meet its developmental, social, economic, and environmental needs. It will also contribute to the achievement of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050,” noted Al Tayer.
“DEWA’s initiatives within the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan will involve Hatta residents in the projects that will be implemented and provide about 200 permanent jobs in the technical, administrative and operational fields, and over 300 jobs in the Visitors Centre, outreach and tourism facilities associated with the project, in addition to more than 2,000 jobs during project implementation,” added Al Tayer.
The pumped-storage hydroelectric power station will make use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain to store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300 metres above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. During peak-load hours, when production cost is high, turbines operated by the speed of waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity that will be connected to DEWA’s grid. The efficiency of power production will reach 90% with response to demand for energy within 90 seconds.
“On the proud occasion of the President of France’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, the MoU signing highlights the strength of our partnership with Dubai Electricity Water Authority and EDF Energies Nouvelles in developing Phase 3 of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
“It also emphasises the critical value of public-private collaboration in advancing commercially viable renewable energy, here in the UAE and the wider region. Now under construction, the 800MW expansion of the Dubai Solar Park will be a benchmark for the global renewables sector on completion, a showcase of UAE expertise, and the capabilities of our international partners, across all aspects of utility-scale renewable energy project development. At Masdar, we are eager to build on our collaboration with DEWA and EDF to pursue future opportunities in renewable energy and clean technologies locally and internationally,” Al Ramahi added.
“We are proud to be supporting the energy transition in the UAE, in close collaboration with major local partners. Our involvement in innovative renewable projects such as Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Hatta hydropower plant demonstrate our know-how as global leader in low-carbon growth. Both projects are aligned with the two key objectives of the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy: achieving 50 GW of renewable energy capacity by year 2030 and growing our business in a rapidly expanding markets such as Middle East” said Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman.
 
 

FEWA visit to Dunkirk LNG Terminal and Bouchain CCG Plant

Publish on 10/10/2017

A delegation of FEWA (Federal Electricity and Water Authority) leaded by Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director General visited on Friday 29th September the French utility EDF. During the visit, which included two stops, the delegation toured EDF LNG Terminal in Dunkirk North of France (a 56 ha site alongside Dunkirk's Western Harbour with 3 storage tanks, each capable of storing 190,000 m3 of LNG at -163°C ) as well as EDF high efficiency H class Power Plant in Bouchain. The H class 605-MW power plant is operated by EDF since July 2016 and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most-efficient combined cycle power plant in the world, with a third-party verified net efficiency of 62.22%.  During the visit The Federal Authority and the French utility have shared best practises and innovation in order to achieve FEWA strategic plan to  provide world-class electricity services, whilst developing the necessary infrastructure, to fulfil the growing demand in the emirates under FEWA’s jurisdiction and to rationalize the usage of electricity and to promote sustainable development.

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