Dubai starts fourth phase of giant concentrated solar plant

The 700MW project is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, claimed to be the biggest of its kind in the world

UAE inks nuclear power pacts with UK and Canada

The UAE has signed two international co-operation agreements on nuclear energy with the UK and Canada. They will exchange information on matters related to the safe and peaceful use of nuclear power as well as regulations, construction, operation and decommissioning of power plants. The agreements were signed with the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation and […]

Firms team up for energy efficiency in UAE

A management services firm and Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company are to pursue joint sustainability projects. BMS and Masdar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to improve the energy and water efficiency of buildings and facilities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They aim to help companies decrease their energy consumption and […]

OPEC, UAE to launch new global oil, gas tool

A new global project to help analyse publicly available oil and gas data has been announced. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretariat and the UAE Ministry of Energy said the first phase of the Oil and Gas Big Data Project will be launched later this month. The platform will consist of a […]

How energy efficient are buildings in Dubai?

A new project to assess the energy performance of buildings in Dubai has been launched. Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have joined forced for the ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in the city. It will be done under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme, part of the […]

UAE’s first nuclear plant to be linked to the grid

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first nuclear plant has had its links to the grid approved. The 5,600MW Barakah nuclear plant is currently under construction and the first of its four reactors is scheduled to be operational by May 2017, making it the first Arab state to have a nuclear power programme. A transmission project worth 63 million Emirati […]

UK supports revolutionary green project in the UAE

The UK has supported a contract to build a revolutionary environmental building in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Loans from UK Export Finance (UKEF) helped Carillion secure a contract worth “tens of millions of pounds” to build environmental management company Bee’ah’s new headquarters in Sharjah, UAE. The building, which was was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned British […]

Half of UAE energy to be low carbon by 2050

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to generate 50% of its energy from low carbon sources by 2050. This will be made up of 44% renewable power and 6% nuclear, with fossil fuels gas (38%) and ‘clean coal’ (12%) providing the rest. The plan was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of […]

UAE to invest £132bn in renewable energy

The UAE is to invest AED600 billion (£132bn) by 2050 in renewable energy projects in the country. It is part of the nation’s plans to generate almost half of its energy from green sources during the same period. Under its Energy Plan 2050, a majority of the country’s energy would come from renewables (44%), 38% […]

Dubai adds more solar power to grid

ABB has won a solar order worth $20 million (£12.6m) in Dubai. It will extend the substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which will integrate more solar energy into the grid. Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), which awarded the contract, aims to double the capacity of the facility to 200MW – enough electricity […]