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Masdar City Welcomes the Completed IRENA Global Headquarters Building

Masdar City Welcomes the Completed IRENA Global Headquarters Building

4152Masdar today announced the completion of the IRENA Global Headquarters complex, which is almost fully leased and will be the permanent home of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as well as other commercial tenants. Located in Masdar City – Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, sustainable urban development – IRENA will officially move in by the end of the first quarter 2015.

The completion of the IRENA complex was announced during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 – a yearly platform that addresses the interconnected challenges of energy and water security, climate risk and sustainable development.

The IRENA Global Headquarters – a 31,983 square-meter (GFA), multi-use complex, comprised of three, connected buildings – is the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded a 4 Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC). The Estidama Pearl-Rating System, created and managed by the UPC, is the Arab world’s first sustainability rating system designed to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, communities and villas.

Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, said the completion of the IRENA Global Headquarters is a significant milestone in the development of Masdar City. “Delivery of the IRENA Global Headquarters underscores Masdar City’s leadership as a model of sustainable design and urban development within the UAE and globally. The four-Pearl rating sets a new benchmark for sustainable design and showcases how high-performance buildings can reduce energy and water consumption, while remaining cost competitive.”

The building complex is united by a common atrium and a single rooftop. The complex conserves energy and water and creates shared space. The atrium connects offices to open spaces where people will be able to shop, to dine and experience the modern, sustainable lifestyle exemplified by Masdar City.

H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General, UPC, said: “From its conception through to construction, the complex strictly adhered to Estidama’s four pillars of sustainability — social, environmental, economic and cultural. The UPC’s Estidama Department has put in a considerable amount of effort with Masdar and the construction team to ensure their commitment to optimizing sustainability and performance, and as a result, the multi-use building creates a unique environment that nurtures community and promotes resource efficiency. This project is a positive example of public-private sector collaboration.”

The IRENA Global Headquarters includes 1,000 square meters of rooftop photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, while solar-thermal water heaters supply 75 percent of the estimated total annual hot water usage. Sustainable design strategies are anticipated to reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 40 percent and water by 53 percent, compared to a non-Estidama baseline building.

Fitted with sun-shielding fins, the outer skin of the buildings reduces solar heat gain without obstructing the view from inside. High-performance tinted glass and high-efficiency insulation are also used to optimize energy savings. Materials used during construction include locally sourced, low-carbon cement as well as recycled steel.

“The completion of the IRENA complex is another major milestone in the development of Masdar City,” said Dr. Belhoul. “The city’s momentum – its rate of growth over the last year – is undeniable. The strategic hub offers both business advantages and social opportunity, and companies and organizations of all sizes are moving in.”

In October 2013, the United Arab Emirates formally ratified the agreement granting permanent headquarters status to IRENA. The ratification confirmed the headquarters of IRENA in Abu Dhabi and granted the agency all the legal protections necessary that enable it to function as an international organization.

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Solar Impulse and Partners Unveil The Route Of Their First Round-The-World Solar Flight Attempt

Solar Impulse and Partners Unveil The Route Of Their First Round-The-World Solar Flight Attempt

4142Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse, along with their Partners, today revealed the detailed global flight route of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2). The first solar-powered plane able to fly day and night will land in 12 locations across the world and travel 35,000 kilometres in the first attempt to fly around the globe without using a drop of fuel. For pilots Piccard and Borschberg, the drive behind their mission is to demonstrate how clean technologies and a pioneering spirit can change the world.

Si2 will take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirate, in late February or early March and return by late July or early August 2015. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the Continental U.S.A. stopping in three locations – Phoenix, and New York City at JFK. A location in the Midwest will be decided dependent on weather conditions. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse unveiled the flight path in Abu Dhabi alongside partner representatives. This included main partners Solvay, Omega, Schindler and ABB. They were also joined by official partners Altran, Bayer, Google, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Swisscom alongside Solar Impulse’s host partner Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company.

The first round-the-world solar adventure will span approximately 25 flight days, spread over 5 months and covering approximately 35,000 kilometres at speeds between 50 and 100 kmh.

“Masdar and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are proud to host the departure, and hopefully safe arrival, of Solar Impulse and its pilots, as they dare to fly round the world using only the power of the sun,” said H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar. “Solar

Impulse is a demonstration to prove the impossible can be possible, and that innovation knows no boundaries. As a leader delivering sophisticated renewable energy projects around the world, Masdar is a natural partner for such an innovative endeavour, which underscores the viability of solar technology.”

Ahead of the 5 month adventure, the Si2 team and pilots will spread their message in Abu Dhabi, engaging with industry representatives, youth and aspiring engineering students.

“With our attempt to complete the first solar powered round-the-world flight, we want to demonstrate that clean technology and renewable energy can achieve the impossible. We want youth, leaders, organizations and policymakers to understand that what Solar Impulse can achieve in the air, everyone can accomplish here on the ground in their everyday lives. Renewable energy can become an integral part of our lives, and together, we can help save our planet’s natural resources,” declared Bertrand Piccard, initiator and chairman of Solar Impulse.

After 12 years of feasibility studies, design and construction, the Solar Impulse team is ready to launch its round-the-world solar mission. With the help of 80 technology partners, the Solar Impulse engineers and technicians have found highly innovative solutions to make this vision, deemed impossible, a reality. The single-seater plane’s energy efficiency is greater than any aircraft to date.

“Solar Impulse is not the first solar airplane, however it is the first able to cross oceans and continents -remaining in the air for several days and nights in a row without landing” said André Borschberg, Solar Impulse co-founder and CEO. “But now we have to ensure the sustainability of the pilot in order to complete the route; Solar Impulse 2 must accomplish what no other plane in the history of aviation has achieved - flying without fuel for 5 consecutive days and nights with only one pilot in the unpressurized cockpit.”

Solar Impulse 2 and its crew of 80 technicians, engineers and a communications team arrived in Abu Dhabi on January 6, 2015. During the remainder of the plane’s stay in the emirate, the team will conduct safety tests, test flights, and training to prepare for the mission ahead.

“Abu Dhabi is the ideal location for us to start and end our mission. Initiatives like Masdar have enabled the capital of the United Arab Emirates to be recognized as a global centre of innovation and clean technology,” said Bertrand Piccard. “Masdar and Abu Dhabi are setting an example for the entire world, promoting the use of diverse, sustainable and clean energy sources by deploying some of the globe’s most sophisticated renewable energy projects. Most importantly, Masdar shares our unwavering commitment to ensuring a cleaner future for our planet.”

During stopovers, the Solar Impulse team will organize meetings, airplane visits and Google Hangouts in order to promote the mission’s message and highlight innovative technical solutions to climate change. In doing so, Solar Impulse hopes to foster an interest in clean energy amongst youth, industry professionals and government representatives seeking to implement ambitious energy policies.

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Manz Prepares for Solar Market Expansion in MENA

Manz Prepares for Solar Market Expansion in MENA

4137The Middle East and North Africa region is about to witness a growth period in terms of solar energy investments. According to a recent report by MEED, more than $50 billion is expected to be put into projects on the ground in the region by 2020. It’s been a topic on governments’ agenda for years, yet progress has been limited until recently. Such growth opportunities are at the top of the agenda at the 2015 World Future Energy Summit. Kicking off on January 19th, the four-day event will be held as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

WFES 2015 is bringing together some of the world’s leading renewable energy players are exhibiting new technologies and solutions as well as sharing their experiences during the conference. Naturally, solar power represents the largest share of the UAE’s renewable energy investments. Until now, preference has been given to photovoltaic (PV) technology as it’s been considered as the best option for the country’s hot climate and dusty conditions. PV costs have reduced by 80 per cent since 2008 according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, while the PV solar market is forecast to grow from 20 per cent to more than 30 per cent globally by 2025.

“We have clearly turned a corner when it comes to the advancement of solar technology over the last few years,” said Mohamed Alammawi, Vice President of Sales in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Manz AG. “The UAE’s public and private sector players have been watching these developments closely, with the intention of investing in the right solutions at the right time. At WFES this year we are bringing the industry up to speed on the advantages of thin-film solar modules and our advanced production line technology.”

Manz will be introducing public and private sector players at the summit to many of those benefits with the Manz CIGSfab. The solution is a turn-key production line for CIGS thin-film modules. It can be delivered to thin-film producers and offers a credible roadmap of technology and the costs involved. With the highest level of 14.6% panel efficiency, it offers the lowest costs in its category.

These breakthrough achievements are the reason why momentum is gaining behind thin-film modules. Using the CIGSfab production line, our customers are able to produce these models to sell them, generate and benefit from electricity or achieve all three of these goals. In addition, the system also enables local job creation and promise excellent return on investment for customers with an energy pay back for power plants that is considerably shorter.

Looking at growth prospects for PV solar globally, the company expects the most investment and activity in the MENA region, China, India and the US. “Given the UAE’s rapid growth model and sustainability goals, this shift may come sooner than expected,” added Alammawi. “UAE facilities account for more than half of the solar power capacity in the GCC. The second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has been commissioned. Meanwhile authorities are working to introduce new regulation for solar panel use. All of these exciting developments should act as a catalyst in the country’s transition to a green economy.”

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A bright idea: Dubai launches new mega solar project

A bright idea: Dubai launches new mega solar project

4118Dubai launched a project Thursday to build a solar plant to produce 200 megawatt of electricity, as part of plans to generate five percent of the emirate’s power from renewables by 2030.

The 1.2 billion dirham ($327 million/277 million euro ) project will be a joint venture between Dubai Water and Electricity Authority and a consortium led by Saudi AQWA and Spain’s TSK, the Dubai company’s chief Saeed al-Tayer said.

It will represent Phase II at the Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park, which is planned to produce 1,000 MW of electricity when completed in 2030, with a total cost of $3.3 billion.

The plant should come on line in April 2017, helping to achieve a reduction of 250,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, the company said.

Unlike neighbouring oil-rich Abu Dhabi, Dubai has a dwindling reserve of crude and has diversified its economy toward trade, transport and tourism.

The Gulf region is one of the world’s richest areas in sunshine, but its countries are way behind others in harnessing the energy.

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Adionics adapts its AquaOmnes® disruptive desalination technology to existing desalination plants and to the oil and gas industry

Adionics adapts its AquaOmnes® disruptive desalination technology to existing desalination plants and to the oil and gas industry

4117Adionics is pleased to announce, while taking part in the IWS 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the launch of variants of its AquaOmnes technology for existing plants by valuing their brines and for the oil and gas industry.

Adionics introduced AquaOmnes on the occasion of the last IFAT fair (Munich, May 2014); this technology removes salts from water by liquid-liquid extraction without the scaling barrier. A first pilot unit is being implemented in the United Arab Emirates.

These new variants of AquaOmnes mean we can:

propose a solution designed to desalinate brines from existing plants, making possible a significant improvement in water conversion rates and in the plant’s energy consumption without needing to engage in costly studies and major modifications;

and propose a desalination solution that is robust, more cost-effective, more compact, that works at ambient pressure and that makes it possible to highly concentrate the waste, thus meeting numerous technical, financial and environmental requirements of oil and gas producers, particularly offshore.

It’s important to remember that Adionics’ technology reduces a plant’s costs by nearly 30% in terms of CAPEX and at least 50% in terms of OPEX, compared to best-of-breed desalination solutions.

In this context, Adionics’ ambition is to conclude partnership agreements in the Gulf region and to have a local representation in the United Arab Emirates in 2015.

Adionics attends at the IWS 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi (January 19 – 22). Come and see us on booth 4415.

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ACWA Power Consortium Named Preferred Bidder of Noor II and Noor III projects in Morocco

ACWA Power Consortium Named Preferred Bidder of Noor II and Noor III projects in Morocco

4104a 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 SENER, the Spanish engineering and construction company, as technology provider was announced as preferred bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the Independent Power Projects of Noor II (200MW) and Noor III (150MW) located in Ouarzazate (500 km south of Rabat) in the Kingdom of Morocco.

Both projects will be constructed in parallel and constitutes the 2nd phase of the development of the Noor Solar Complex, promoted by MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy as part of the Moroccan government plan to produce 2 gigawatts of solar power by 2020, equivalent to about 38 percent of Morocco’s current installed generation capacity.

An ACWA Power led consortium is already constructing the 1st phase of the same complex (160MW Noor I CSP project) and with this new additions will bring the installed capacity at the complex to a total of 510MW, making this the largest solar power complex in the world.

The selection of ACWA Power was a result of an international tender, where 4 Consortiums submitted technical proposals in March 2014 and financial offers in September 2014. The preferred bidder announcement comes after a rigorous evaluation process under the rules of the World Bank, which took in consideration the lowest power tariff for the kilowatt-hour produced, combined with the best state-of-art technical solution provided. In its proposal ACWA Power Consortium also committed to source a minimum of 35% of the scope of the projects by value from the local Moroccan contractors and manufacturing industry as a means of industrial integration and support to the local economy.

Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power said: “We are particularly delighted to be selected to deliver these two projects as it is part of the visionary and ambitious renewable energy program of Morocco; a country that is not only showing leadership in reducing carbon emission by utilizing renewable resources but is also displaying what is achievable through a well-executed transparent competitive tendering process. We are very pleased to demonstrate that once again we have lived up to our commitment of delivering reliable and sustainable electricity at the lowest kWh tariff. This type of project that is capital intensive and with a 25-year commitment necessitates a sustainable approach, a shared vision and common ambition. We thus strongly believe in the intrinsic benefit of maximizing local content of at least 35% of the total cost of the project, maximizing the generation of local employment and in developing the community surrounding us together with the solar power plant projects via responsible social contribution and action.”

Thamer Alsharhan, the Managing Director of ACWA Power, said: “We are proud to be selected by MASEN to develop phase II of Noor Solar Power Complex at Ouarzazate. As a global company from Saudi Arabia these projects are well aligned with ACWA Power’s business model based on a combination of trust, vision, lasting partnerships, superior economic and operational performance, creativity and transparency to bring technologically appropriate and economically viable responses for the development of communities which also contribute to the improvement and preservation of the

environment. As we are doing on the Noor I project, we will continue to ensure the socio-economic development of the neighboring communities and the region at large.”

Having accumulated solid experience in the development of complex and cutting-edge fuel-efficient fossil fuel power and water plants of very large capacities in the Arabian Gulf, ACWA Power was able to export its vision to sustainability; reviving the solar thermal power technologies, which generate fully dispatch-able electricity just as any other fossil fuel power plant, toward achieving near grid parity tariff with the use only of the heat of the sun.

For the Noor II and Noor III projects, ACWA Power delivered the best offer among the four prequalified tenders. ACWA Power offered a power tariff per kWh of 1.36 MAD (circa 15.67 $cent) kWh for Noor II and 1.42 MAD (circa 16.31$cent) per kWh for Noor III in the combined offers, which will allow Morocco to save 1.1 billion MAD (132 million USD) in comparison with the second lowest.

Moreover, Noor II and Noor III projects are equipped with thermal storage capacity of approx. 7 hours each, enabling these plants to dispatch a record-high amount of power generation, beyond day time, well into the night, helping significantly Morocco to meet its high demand for electricity during peak hours. Like Noor 1, the two plants use Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), where Noor II with a capacity of 200 MW will use the technology of parabolic trough collectors, while Noor III with a capacity of 150 MW will use solar tower technology.

The projects will serve to promote the “green approach” and will be saving approximately 1,108,600 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions for every year of operation.

ACWA Power will be responsible for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the two power plants. For its part, SENER will be providing the solar technology. SENER has a worldwide reputable expertise in solar-thermal technology. Its scope of activity includes the design and supply of some key components of this technology, in addition to the engineering, construction, and commissioning of the equipment.

It is worth noting that in 2012, ACWA Power (along with SENER as technology supplier) won, also under an international competitive bid, the right to develop the 1st phase of the Noor complex, with the Noor I project, a 160MW Concentrated Solar Power plant based on parabolic trough technology. ACWA Power then provided a tariff that was 28.6% lower than the second best bid saving 250 million USD to the Kingdom of Morocco. The construction of Noor I began in June 2013 and is successfully in progress. Noor I is expected to become operational on schedule in the 4th quarter of 2015.

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Frost & Sullivan report released at ArabPlast 2015

Frost & Sullivan report released at ArabPlast 2015

464Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) estimates that by 2020 the region’s plastics conversion will grow phenomenally to reach 7.5mn tons per annum capacity, an increase of nearly 40% of current output.

These statistics were revealed at ArabPlast 2015, the region’s biggest petrochemical exhibition and one of the largest in the world, which is being held in Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre until the 13th of January 2015.

Unveiling an exclusive white paper on the GCC petrochemical industry, ArabPlast’s knowledge partner Frost & Sullivan projected that global petrochemical companies would increasingly set up strategic alliances in GCC. According to its latest report, GCC rail developments would accelerate the growth of the industry through increased intra-region petrochemical trade.

Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, Co-organiser of the show along with Germany’s Messe Dusseldorf, said that the trend among global companies to set up major alliances in the region as part of the target to add over 15 million MT of capacity across various petrochemicals until 2017 had given a strong boost to ArabPlast 2015.

“From 2008 - 2013, the region’s plastics production capacity has almost doubled, rising from 12.7mn tons per annum (tpa) in 2008 to 24.7mn tpa in 2013. For 2018, the overall plastics production is expected to reach roughly 35mn tpa, according to Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA),” Khanna added.

“On day two of the show, there was a highlight on effect pigments that enable a wide range of interesting plastics applications,” added Jeen Joshua, Group Project Manager of ArabPlast 2015. “There was a display of visual effects that provide colorists and designers with a broad spectrum of options to emphasize the unique character of products with attractive shades and glitter effects.”

He added: “A new generation of effect pigments has been tailored for functional properties. For example, there was a display of family of products from ECKART that is suitable for the manufacture of ‘Cool Plastics.’ These plastics heat up less, as the functional pigments are extremely efficient at reflecting sunlight. This means that car dashboards and garden furniture stay cool, with comfortable surface temperatures, even if exposed to direct sunlight.”

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GCC petrochemicals sector, a global manufacturer of commodity polymers, saw 11% overall growth

GCC petrochemicals sector, a global manufacturer of commodity polymers, saw 11% overall growth

443Organizers of the 12th ArabPlast have said that the petrochemical sector in the GCC saw an overall growth of about 11 per cent (CAGR) over the past 10 years, driven by enhanced capacities across all major sub-sectors.

Those figures were highlighted at a press conference held in Grand Hyatt, Dubai, today (Wednesday, 7th January 2015) to raise the curtain on ArabPlast 2015, the region’s leading trade show for the plastics industry that will kick off on (Saturday, 10 January) and continue for four days until (Tuesday, 13 January).

Organizers of the premiere regional plastics show added that the evolving petrochemical industry in the GCC has become a leading manufacturer of commodity polymers, such as PE and PP, due to availability of cost-effective feedstock. While there was low demand for finished polymers within the region, strong demand from China and other Asian countries continues to present huge opportunities according to speakers at the press conference.

This edition of the show is sponsored by Borouge (Principal Sponsor), Tasnee (Diamond Sponsor), Natpet (Gold Sponsor), and Frost Sullivan (knowledge partner) and  Emirates (Official Airlines).

During the press conference, the first industry white paper was unveiled by Frost Sullivan exclusively for ArabPlast 2015 under the title “The GCC Petrochemicals Industry, History, Current Trends, and Future Opportunities.”

The press conference was addressed by Satish Khanna, General Manager, Jeen Joshua, Project Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, Co-organiser of the show, along with Germany’s Messe Dusseldorf;  Gabriele Schreiber, Director, Messe Dusseldorf, Germany;  Aparajit Balan,  Frost & Sullivan; Hazeem Al Suwaidi, Vice President,  Borouge and Yaser Abdulfattah, Director Special Projects, NATPET

According to the white paper, a decade ago, the GCC accounted for about 11 per cent of the total petrochemicals capacity in the world. Today, the capacity has doubled, making the GCC a major supplier through the presence of several major global chemical companies.

Presenting a research-based white paper on “Future of petrochemicals in GCC”, Aparajit Balan, Frost & Sullivan, USA, said: “With urbanization and lifestyle changes in the developing economies, the demand for plastics has witnessed an aggressive growth. Since Asia was not able to scale up capacities to meet the surging demand, the availability of cheaper primary petrochemicals and proximity presented the perfect opportunity for rapid expansion in the plastics and polymers space in the GCC.”

“Towards the end of the previous decade, large capacities were added across the petrochemicals value chain in the GCC. The base petrochemicals capacity saw an increase of 11 per cent between 2003 and 2013. GCC countries continue to hold a significant position in the manufacture of basic petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene and methanol. Over the years, the contribution of refining to the overall manufacturing GDP has been declining, accompanied by an increasing contribution from petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturing. This clearly indicates a shift from the export of base chemicals to the export of higher value derivatives. With increasing pressure on employment, diversification into downstream sectors will offer more jobs with less capital investment, in comparison to setting up more refineries. Some of the key petrochemicals in the countries in the GCC are the basic C1-C4 derivatives,” Balan said.

Satish Khanna, General Manager of Al Fajer Information & Services explained: “The previous edition of the bi-annual event was spread over nine halls of DICEC and attracted 1110 exhibitors from 45 counties.  The show is now ranked as the first in the region for plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry.  The show usually draws huge influx of trade visitors from various countries from around the globe like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, African countries, India, China, Germany, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.”

ArabPlast is among the top rated specialized shows of machinery worldwide and No. 1 trade show in the Middle East in the volume of machinery on display at the venue. According to the organisers,

The show features 18 national pavilions, including that of Saudi Arabia  by Saudi Export and Development Authority (SEDA), a subsidiary of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which has booked a full hall at Arabplast 2015

Jeen Joshua, Project Manager of Arabplast commented on the KSA participation: “Saudi Arabia represents 59% of total GCC petrochemical exports, making it the largest chemical exporter in the GCC and the 14th largest exporter worldwide, followed by Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain. Our participation at ArabPlast underpins our keenness to develop the petrochemical industry in the kingdom by showcasing our solutions and enhancing knowledge transfer with key industry players and peers.”

According to Emirates NBD Research & Treasury report, Saudi Arabia leads the region’s plastics industry, producing an estimated 18.4mn tons per annum (tpa) in 2013, about 74.5% of the region’s plastics production capacity. An emerging trend for the GCC’s plastic industry will be the diversification of its products portfolio, for wide ranging applications in the aviation, transport and food packaging sectors. By 2017, the region is expected to produce 23 plastic products; more than double the current amount

Gabriele Schreiber, Director, Messe Dusseldorf, Germany said: “The GCC petrochemicals industry achieved production capacity of 142.7 mn tpa in 2013, up by 10.5% y/y, according to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), which estimates that GCC petrochemical producers will increase their capacity by 40% over the next three years, reaching 199.5mn tpa by 2018. The UAE petrochemical production almost doubled in 2013 reaching 10 million tpa, valued at AED 18 billion, accounting roughly for 7% of the total GCC production capacity.”

ArabPlast 2015 is concurrently held with four other important international trade shows — Metal Middle East, Arabia Essen Welding & Cutting, Tube Arabia and Wire & Cable Arabia at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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DEWA signs MoU with RTA to collaborate on Dubai’s infrastructure developments

DEWA signs MoU with RTA to collaborate on Dubai’s infrastructure developments

421Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to enhance their existing strategic partnership. This includes coordinating work by DEWA and the RTA, to improve the operations, maintenance, and development of Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram: improving day-to-day safety of passengers, and minimising disruption of services.

The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, with staff from both organisations present.

Saeed Al Tayer welcomed Mattar Al Tayer and the RTA delegation, commending the RTA’s role of in developing a modern, integrated, and connected infrastructure that contributes to the sustainable development of Dubai.

Mattar Al Tayer praised DEWA for providing world-class electricity and water services, the efforts of its teams and their quick round-the-clock response to all enquiries and requests related to the RTA’s projects.

As per the MoU, the two organisations will work together on roadworks and maintenance, improvements to Dubai’s infrastructure including DEWA’s network, facilitating the RTA’s development and infrastructure projects. The MoU also includes developing current and future plans to establish shared systems to manage technical resources and material for these projects, and specifying the service lines within the right of way. The two organisations will accelerate work on emergencies, make it easier to obtain NOCs for projects, work more closely on DEWA’s service lines and infrastructure within the Metro and Tram railways’ right of way.

“The MoU with RTA supports our efforts to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, green economy, and sustainability. It is part of our ongoing efforts to support and enhance the sustainable development of Dubai,” said Saeed Al Tayer.

“This agreement strengthens the efforts of our two organisations and establishes appropriate frameworks for cooperation to achieve common strategic objectives and support the ongoing preparations to host World Expo 2020,” added Al Tayer.

Mattar Al Tayer welcomed the MoU signing with DEWA, which is one of the RTA’s strategic partners. He commended DEWA’s cooperation with the RTA while implementing different projects in Dubai, particularly Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, and road projects.

“Cooperation among government organisations and departments in Dubai is a key component of the Government’s strategy and efforts to achieve its vision and future plans. This MoU will enhance cooperation between the two sides in work related to operation, maintenance, and development of Dubai Metro and Tram to ensure safety of operations and users, and avoid any negative impact of service disruption. It also enhances coordination and cooperation in working within the right of way, speed of information exchange between the two sides, especially in emergencies,” added Mattar Al Tayer.

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ADNOC Distribution ppens Al Qalaa Vehicle Inspection Center in Abu Dhabi

ADNOC Distribution ppens Al Qalaa Vehicle Inspection Center in Abu Dhabi

46ADNOC Distribution has opened a new vehicle inspection center in Abu Dhabi to meet the evolving customer needs for comprehensive services such as issuing and renewing vehicle licenses. Al Qalaa Vehicle Inspection Center will cater to the needs of densely populated areas including Baniyas, Mafraq, and Mussafah, and also provide services to motorists on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road.

Al Qalaa Center was inaugurated by Colonel Mohamed Mayouf Al Ketbi, Head of Vehicles and Driver’s Licensing Department at Abu Dhabi Police and Mohamed Obaid Al Dhaheri, Senior Vice President - Retail Sales representing ADNOC Distribution, in the presence of senior officers of Abu Dhabi Police as well as the ADNOC Group.

Commenting on this occasion, Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of ADNOC Distribution, said: “ADNOC Distribution continuously works to enhance its facilities and provide best-in-class services to our customers in line with the directives of our wise leadership. In order to achieve the highest standards of customer satisfaction, we are opening service centers closer to the vehicle owners. Our corporate customers will also benefit from such services in key business areas. We are additionally working on expanding our geographic reach across the length and breadth of Abu Dhabi for the greater convenience of our customers.”

Al Dhaheri added: “Our expansion strategy for 2015 aims to increase the number of vehicle inspection centers and to enhance the superior quality of services provided. ADNOC Distribution presently operates 18 vehicle inspection centers in the emirate of Abu Dhabi - six of these are in Abu Dhabi area, six centers are in the Western Region and a further six are in Al Ain.”

Al Qalaa Vehicle Inspection Center has the capacity to cater to 900 cars daily. The number of vehicles inspected at the center during the initial operations stage in December 2014 reached 4,000 cars. In keeping with the standard practices at the ADNOC Distribution network vehicles inspected at Al Qalaa are required to undergo mandatory safety tests prior to issuing and renewing vehicle licenses.

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