Nass Marine Participation in Seatrade 2017

    Constantly striving to provide better services and lead the regional market; Nass Marine Services Co. participated in the Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East. The specialized builder of vessels and barge is set to open the new facility in the year 2018 which will increase its annual building and repair capability to 40 barges and vessels instead of the current eighteen, in addition to providing maintenance, periodic repair and upgrade services to all customers. Worth mentioning, Nass Marine Services Co. was established in 2006 and has the organizational infrastructure to deliver projects on time and within budget. The Company’s skilled workforce of 400 craftsmen can build barges and the 520 - 700 ton-capacity, up to 70 meters long Marine Jetty for Mooring and Repairs. The in-house design office can provide standard design projects, as well as tailor-made constructions to meet any client specifications. David McKay, General Manager of Nass Marine Services Co. commented by saying: “This is going to be our first participation since expansion has started, and we are thrilled to demonstrate our future capabilities in the new facility”.


    LG Chem to Supply RO Membranes 

    LG Chem is stepping up a drive to lead the global water treatment market after winning Egypt’s largest project to turn sea water into fresh water. The company announced it has been chosen as the sole supplier of Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to a seawater desalination plant with 300,000-ton capacity which Metito, a global water treatment company, will build in El Galalah and Port Said in Egypt. It is the largest desalination plant in the country which can provide fresh water to about 2 million people a day. LG Chem is scheduled to supply RO membranes from the second half of this year. Last year, the company won an order from a plant in Oman with 250,000-ton capacity. The two contracts brought LG Chem closer to the global market leadership. Salt concentration and water temperature in the Red Sea area including El Galalah are the highest in the world, requiring RO membranes to satisfy difficult conditions. But LG Chem’s RO membranes are 25% superior to competitors in terms of filtered water quality. They also save much energy.


    Suqia Launches Big Water Projects in Iraq

    UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) said it has launched over 60 infrastructure development projects across the globe in partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment and the Emirates Red Crescent. UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) said it has launched over 60 infrastructure development projects including setting up of water plants, wells, and desalination plants across the globe. The key focus countries included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Somalia, Thailand, Djibouti, the Philippines, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali, Somalia, Egypt, Sudan, China, and Iraq. Upon completion, these projects are expected to serve over 250,000 people, said a statement from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa). The work was done in co-operation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment and the Emirates Red Crescent, it stated. "At Suqia, we are committed to achieving one of the key objectives set by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation, which is to combat poverty and disease by contributing to finding permanent and sustainable solutions to water scarcity around the world," remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the chairman of the board of trustees of Suqia.


    Saudi Group Wins Funding For Solar Project

    Saudi-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, a leading GCC-based solar PV (photovoltaic) developer, said one of its key units has secured funding for a major solar project that can power more than 120,000 homes in Jordan and also generate 435 million kWH of electricity per year. The transaction was done with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), through a USD65 million loan for the development of the Al-Safawi solar plant located in the north of Jordan. This is Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s third project in Jordan following Mafraq I and II, bringing the total number of homes to be powered with clean energy past 120,000, said the statement. On completion of the project, the Saudi firm will be supplying 435 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year in total across the country. The new 51 MW plant will be located in Safawi, a region in the north of Jordan and an area with high solar potential. The development of the project includes the design, financing, construction and management of the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the photovoltaic plant, spanning 170 hectares, said a statement from the company.

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    Saudi Arabia Seeks Bids for Wind Power Project

    The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its first utility-scale wind power project within the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). The RFP for 400MW of wind power in Dumat Al Jandal in Saudi Arabia’s Al Jouf region is now available for qualified bidders on the NREP’s dedicated eProcurement portal. REPDO has qualified 25 companies for the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project. The qualified companies will proceed to the RFP stage as either ‘managing members’ or ‘technical members’ – or both – based on their experience in delivering IPP projects of this scale. A company or consortium whose application is unsuccessful as either a Manager or Technical member in this round will have the opportunity to participate in future Request for Quotations (RFQ) and RFPs under the NREP. Dumat Al Jandal marks the second of two tenders for round one of the NREP. Bidding for the 400MW wind power project is set to close in January 2018.  


    Kurita Sets Up MENA HQ in Jafza

    Kurita, a well-known Japanese company specializing in water treatment technology, has opened its regional headquarter in Jebel Ali Free Zone “Jafza” to serve its customers spread across the GCC and the Middle East. The company held an opening ceremony of their offices here in the presence of Michiya Kadota, President and Representative Director of Kurita Water Industries Ltd. , David Olivet, Chief Executive Officer of Kurita Middle East, Abdullah Bin Damithan, Director of Commercial, DP World, UAE Region, Ahmad Al Haddad, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Jafza. David Olivet said that the company has been operating in the Gulf region and the Middle East since 2007 through its delegates and agents in various countries, but recently decided to establish a regional headquarter to manage its operations more efficiently, enhancing its presence in the region, as it is one of the strategic markets for the company. Olivet said: “The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets are key priorities and our new regional headquarter is part of our investment to deliver high quality products and services to our customers through our dealers and warehouses. “We plan to open manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the near future, and it is our long-term commitment to cooperate with local partners and the government sector to help address water issues."