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ACWA Power, Riyadh based global leading water and power developer, owner and operator across 10 countries, signed an agreement to establish Salalah Independent Power Plant (Phase 2) which will have an installed capacity of 445 MW. The agreement’s signing ceremony held on Monday evening in Muscat and attended by His Excellency; Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed al Shabibi, Minister of Housing, also included ACWA Power’s acquisition of the existing Dhofar Power Plant, which has an output of 273MW. The agreements were signed by Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman ACWA Power, Engineer Ahmed Bin Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO of OPWP, Tariq Abdulhafidh Al Ujaili, Vice Chairman, Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Co and Kazuhiro Hashimura, General Manager of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The new natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant – estimated at 2.32 Billion Saudi Riyals ($620 Million USD) - will have an installed capacity of 445 MW and will be connected to the existing Salalah grid. According to the agreement, OPWP will have the right to buy the generated electricity over a period of 15 years. The plant is planned to be commercially operated by beginning of 2018. Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman ACWA Power, said “We are honored with the trust bestowed upon us by Sultanate Oman’s Government to execute the additional expansion projects of Baraka 1 desalination plant. Our agreement today reflects the solid base ACWA Power has in Oman, one of our primary markets. The maturity of the Omani government’s privatization program and welcoming environment for investors, are highly applauded as their efforts drive towards liberalizing the electricity sector through its plans for transition to an open merchant market in a smooth and planned manner.” From his end, Thamer Al Sharhan, Managing Director ACWA Power said: “Salalah 2 IPP is another success and important milestone in ACWA Power’s portfolio that reflects the company’s commitment in developing the Omani power and water sector, and provide job opportunities, training and developing Omani youth and workforce. ACWA Power is proud to have achieved 80% Omanization in its Baraka 1 power station since the acquisition happened in 2010 and we are keen with our partners to succeed in adding value to the Sultanate socio-economic through our projects.” »
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) awarded the Salalah 2 Independent Power Project to a consortium of ACWA Power, Mitsui and Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Company (DIDIC)(together, the Consortium)  and the project related agreements are expected to be  executed by mid  April 2015.  The Salalah 2 IPP will have a high efficiency gas fired power generation plant that can deliver 445 MW of power, and will be located in Raysut, Oman. As part of this transaction, the Consortium will also acquire Dhofar Generating Company (DGC), which currently owns and operates an existing 273 MW natural gas fired power plant. Together these two new facilities will represent a significant boost to the Dhofar power grid. Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power stated “Salalah 2 IPP is an important milestone for ACWA Power, given the importance of Oman as a strategic market. This transaction goes a long way in demonstrating our commitment to the socio-economic development of Oman, be it in reliably delivering low cost power and / or desalinated water, or in providing jobs for Omani citizens. ACWA Power is committed in maintaining a high level of Omanization, especially at the senior level positions, in its portfolio companies in Oman.” ACWA Power established its presence in Oman through its acquisition of Barka1 IWPP in 2010, which is currently listed on the Muscat Stock Market as ACWA Power Barka. Since its acquisition by ACWA Power, ACWA Power Barka was awarded two water desalination expansion projects. Rajit Nanda, Chief Investment Officer at ACWA Power said, “We acknowledge the trust bestowed by OPWP upon ACWA Power in supporting Oman’s increasing demand for power and water, and we are proud to have offered a technically viable and a commercially competitive solution to provide the best value for money for OPWP on this transaction”. ACWA Power’s portfolio companies in Oman will now be responsible to deliver over 1,100 MW of power and 193,000 m3/day of desalinated water to OPWP. »
ACWA Power, Riyadh based global leading water and power developer, owner and operator, signed today memorandum of understanding (MoU), with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) - at Egypt Economic Development Conference “Egypt the Future” - to explore developing 2,000 Mega Watt can be expanded to 4,000 Mega Watt of power generation project in Egypt. The MoU framework are aimed at looking into potential opportunities to support Egypt’s efforts in meeting its growing energy and electricity demands as a result of economic growth and diversify fuel mix. Dr. Gaber dsouky, Chairman of Egypt Electricity Holding Company, said “We are committed to meeting our rising energy needs through sustainable and efficient methods. We are also very aware that developing new power generation solutions and taking into consideration cost is not easy, especially when trying to develop and sustain an economy”. Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman ACWA Power, said “Egypt is a vital market in the region and key geography for us to be present in. The Egyptian government’s efforts in keeping pace with the increasing demand of power and energy, to meet the expectations of its developing economy is a driving force for the energy sector and projects of this scale. We highly recognize Egypt’s consideration of diversify is fuel mix as a priority in its plans to develop the country’s economy and social being and look forward to exploring how we can reliably deliver electricity and power at the lowest possible cost.” Commenting on the signing ceremony, Paddy Padmanathan, President and Chief Executive Officer ACWA Power, said: “Through this agreement, we aim to look at all aspects needed to delivering the total of 8,000 Mega Watt of energy through an efficient and effective manner, utilizing a broader mix of fuel resources” The framework agreement calls for development of up to 4,000 Mega Watt of coal power generation in Safaja. »
260MWp photovoltaic plant at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park sets a worldwide milestone for utility scale solar power generation with a landmark levelized tariff of 5.84 USD cents/kWh. Project supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote renewable energy sources and is part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. ACWA Power to finance, build and operate the power plant, and receive a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) starting in 2017. Largest photovoltaic IPP tender in the world. 15th January, 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  A consortium led by ACWA Power, a leading water and power developer, owner and operator based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with international operations in 9 countries, and TSK, the Spanish engineering and construction company as technology provider, was announced by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as first rank bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the solar photovoltaic independent power project of a net power capacity of 200 MW (260MWp installed) for the Phase II of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy power plant located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai. The winning bid has set a new global benchmark as it reduces the cost of electricity produced by solar energy by over 20 percent.  ACWA Power will receive a levelized tariff of 5.84 USD cents/kWh for a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) starting in 2017. The 200MW facility is the largest utility scale solar plant in the world competitively tendered in a single phase, and the first and largest in the Middle East.  It will produce enough electricity to power 30,000 homes every year, using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to generate electricity.  It is estimated that the project will also reduce carbon emissions by 469,650 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions for every year of operation. Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO, ACWA Power, commented:  “Dubai has a clear strategy to diversify its energy mix with renewable energy, and specifically solar, playing a key role.  This when combined with a politically stable environment and the availability of low-cost finance means that solar PV technology becomes commercially cost-effective.   “We have established ACWA Power as the leading renewable energy developer in the region, and this project demonstrates once again that we live up to our commitment of delivering reliable and sustainable electricity at the lowest kWh tariff.” The public tender for constructing Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was launched in Spring 2014 using a build-own-operate (BOO) model.  24 independent power producers (IPPs) prequalified with bids from ten consortia being opened on November 20, 2014.  The ground breaking  landmark tariff, which has been achieved using USA-based Firstsolar’s photovoltaic thin film PV panels, secured the project for ACWA Power who will finance and construct the power plant, and then receive the fixed tariff under the 25-year PPA.  DEWA will take a 51 percent equity stake in the project and the developer will take 49 percent (ACWA Power and TSK in the proportion of 85/15). Thamer Alsharhan, managing director, ACWA Power, said:  "This project supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote renewable energy sources.  A capital intensive project of this type with a 25-year commitment necessitates a sustainable approach, a shared vision and common ambition.  “DEWA has demonstrated through its transparent, competitive tender process that it has those qualities which make it a world class utility.  I hope this project creates the momentum for renewable energy to pick up significantly in the region.” The project is the second phase of the development located on a 40 square kilometer site to the south-east of Dubai and further enhances the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  Subsequent expansion will see the facility grow to produce 1,000 MW of electricity. Rajit Nanda, chief investment officer, ACWA Power, said:  “Having accumulated solid experience in the development of complex and cutting-edge fuel-efficient power and water plants of very large capacities across geographies, ACWA Power has now integrated its vision to encompass sustainability and deliver electricity at grid parity tariffs with the use of only the light of the sun.” »
Forum highlights achievements attained by the Kingdom in water and electricity over the past decade ACWA Power has confirmed its participation as a key principal sponsor of the 10th edition of the Saudi Water and Power Forum (SWPF), to be held in Riyadh on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at Al Faisaliah hotel. The forum is set to be a platform that gathers key stakeholders in the water and power sectors in the Kingdom, as well as sector pioneers and main players in other countries, enabling rich networking opportunities to exchange insights and expertise and discuss future plans, in addition to discussing the vision of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water and Electricity for investments in related national projects. In its 2015 edition, SWPF will highlight the achievements and success attained by Saudi Arabia in the water and power areas over the past 10 years, and set a road map for achieving sustainable development, while focusing on the biggest challenges faced by the vital sectors. ACWA Power will be represented by President & Chief Executive Officer Paddy Padmanathan Managing Director Thamer Al Sharhn, and Thomas Altmann, Vice President & Chief Technology, as they will be actively participating in panel discussions on the most urgent water and power topics. During the event, Paddy Padmanathan will talk about water and power business from the private sector’s perspective in Saudi Arabia, while Thamer Al Sharhan will take part in discussions on facilities’ sustainability and a roadmap for governance and policies in various utility projects, in a manner that supports economic sustainability and social welfare. Meanwhile, Thomas Altmann will shed light upon renewable energy and strategies for building environment friendly facilities and the added value contributed by the kingdom. “ACWA Power celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Through taking part for the fifth consecutive year at the Saudi Power and Water Forum, which plays a vital part in bringing forward the challenges and achievements of the industry, we also contribute to its development, together with our partners from the private and the public sector, in order to realize the Saudi government’s ambitious vision”, said Thamer Al Sharhan, Managing Director of ACWA Power. “The increasing, rapid-paced demand on desalinated water and electricity in the Kingdom represents the biggest challenge faced by Saudi economy, whether in terms of power efficiency and fuel consumption on the local level, or in regards to diversifying power resources to include solar power, nuclear power and various other resources,” he added. “This is in addition to the important challenge of training and qualifying national staff to undertake maintenance, development and operation of the water and electricity facilities around the kingdom, where the Higher Institute for Water & Power Technologies in Rabigh helps by providing Saudi youth with quality preparation.” ACWA Power is a leading Saudi developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of plants with a capacity to generate 15.5 GW of power and produce 2.4 million m3/day of desalinated water in Saudi Arabia and countries of operation.  »

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