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Benban solar photovoltaic power plants, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd February 2018 Acwa Power has reached financial close on three solar PV projects under Round 2 of Egypt’s feed-in-triff programme II. 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Water desalination plant, Oman

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 The contract for the design and construction of the plant has been awarded. 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba

     29th January 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition.... 

Acwa Power buys into blockchain currency

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th January 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power has adopted SolarCoin – the global reward programme for solar electricity generation – marking the first time a utility-scale generator joins the SolarCoin ecosystem. SolarCoin will provide digital tokens to Acwa Power for every MWh of solar energy... 

ACWA Power reaches financial close on Egypt solar PV projects

By: Anine Kilian     9th January 2018 Saudi Arabian group ACWA Power has reached financial close on three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, in Egypt. The projects, which are located in the southern Aswan province, are being developed under Round 2 of Egypt’s Feed-in-Tariff programme and are subject to 25-year power purchase agreements. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Global engineering and technology group SENER, which is active in three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, is optimistic that South Africa’s updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) will include an allocation for CSP, despite the technology’s exclusion from the draft Base... 

Water desalination plant project, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 Acwa Power is building a desalination plant that will be able to deliver up to 250 000 m3/d of water.  

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window 

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

South Africa remains attractive destination for investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 South Africa is still an attractive investment destination and the Department of Trade and Industry’s InvestSA initiative still has a good investment pipeline, says InvestSA head Yunus Hoosen. In a statement released on Tuesday, he noted that the initiative had a “number of investment projects... 

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 The head of Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power says that, while the company remains a patient investor in South Africa, the outcome of the current impasse with Eskom relating to its 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be critical to the group’s future investment... 

Khanyisa coal-fired project to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed technology

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2016 Saudi electricity group ACWA Power, which is leading the private consortium selected to build a 306 MW coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, has confirmed that the project will be the first in South Arica to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) technology. The Khanyisa project and the... 

Ibri Sohar-3 power generation project, Oman

By: Sheila Barradas     29th July 2016 Both plants will be owned and operated under a 15-year power purchase agreement with Oman Power Water Plant and will be connected to the main interconnected system, in Oman. 

South African solar power plant sets record for continuous, round the clock electricity supply

     5th May 2016 Record six days of 24 hours full-load operation of the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power Plant A South African solar power plant has set a new African record for the continuous, round the clock supply of electricity. Within the first month of its commercial operation, the newly inaugurated 50 MW... 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

     8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

Mozambique coal miners’ power station projects making ‘visible progress’

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 One of the international companies that has developed coal mines in Mozambique’s Tete province, India’s Jindal Africa, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Power, has advertised in the Maputo newspaper Notícias for a consultant to serve as a project manager for its planned power plant at its Chirodzi... 

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2016 The R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project was officially inaugurated by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Commerce and Trade Minister Dr Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah on Monday.   Located in the Northern Cape and developed by a consortium led by... 

Hassyan clean-coal-powered plant project, UAE

By: Sheila Barradas     13th November 2015 The project entails the construction of Dubai’s first ultrasupercritical coal-powered plant. 

US govt funding organisation injects $400m into S Africa-based CSP plant

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2015 As part of US State secretary John Kerry's Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has signed an agreement with US-based energy developer SolarReserve and independent project developer ACWA Power, recognising OPIC's $400-million commitment of... 

Mozambique’s coal sector still embattled, but bottlenecks should soon go

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Although Mozambique is an established producer of heavy mineral sands and high-quality rubies and, although important high-quality graphite projects will soon start operation and gold is likely to be added to the country’s mining portfolio in the near future, it cannot be doubted that the mining... 

Much interest shown in S Africa’s gas sector, but concern persists

By: Kim Cloete     29th September 2015 Momentum is building for an expanding gas industry in South Africa, with government officials promising that they are turning their attention to gas as a critical form of energy. But industry players have called for certainty. The inaugural South African Gas Options conference in Cape Town heard... 

Bokpoort CSP plant to start early next year 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th June 2015 Riyadh-based water and power developer Acwa Power will start operations at its 50 MW molten salt solar project in the Northern Cape in 2016. The company said on Thursday that the Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project, in Groblershoop, near Upington, was currently in... 

Forum bares bullish opinion of SA renewable-energy sector

By: Natalie Greve     5th May 2015 Comment emerging from the Renewable Energy Forum in South Africa, on Wednesday, has suggested a largely bullish view of the local renewable-energy sector by investors and project developers, with several applauding the progress of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Combined-cycle gas turbine power plant, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd January 2015 The project involves the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant near Kirikkale, in Central Anatolia, about 50 km east of Ankara. 

International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, to invest USD 100 Mn (SAR 375 Mn) in ACWA Power

     7th July 2014 ACWA Power broadens shareholders base by partnering with an international multilateral institution, IFC; this follows the participation in early 2013 of two Saudi Arabian public institutional entities - Sanabil Direct Investment Company, a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia... 

Moatize independent power producer project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     11th April 2014 The project involves the development of a 300 MW pulverised fuel subcritical coal-fired independent power producer project, in Tete. 

Agreement opens way for 300 MW Moz coal-fired power project 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2014 A 25-year concession contract was signed on Friday opening the way for the development of a 300 MW, $1-billion coal-fired independent power producer (IPP) project in the Tete province of Mozambique, about 1 500 km north of Maputo. The contract was conclude between the government of Mozambique and... 

Kudu combined-cycle gas turbine project, Namibia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2013 The names of the international companies and consortia shortlisted to participate as strategic equity investors in the building of the combined-cycle gas turbine Kudu power station have been announced. 

NamPower shortlists potential investors, operations firms for Kudu project 

By: Natalie Greve     12th November 2013 Namibian power utility NamPower has announced the names of the eight international companies and consortia shortlisted to participate as strategic equity investors (SEI) in the building of the 800 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) Kudu power station, near Oranjemund, in the south-western part... 

Saudi power group aiming for 4 000 MW Southern African portfolio by 2020

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2013 Independent power producer ACWA Power is pursuing several electricity investments in Southern Africa over and above the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project being developed in the Northern Cape and has set a goal of building a regional portfolio with a capacity of 4 000 MW by... 

Construction starts on Bokpoort CSP plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2013 Construction on the 50 MWe Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in the Northern Cape started after reaching financial close in June, a consortium led by Saudi-based electricity and desalinated water producer, Acwa Power International, said on Friday. The R5-billion power project,... 


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