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    More Countries Turn to Clean Wind Energy 07/21/2017
    ... to the world champion of oil production, Saudi Arabia, whose first wind tender is just taking off, attention is increasingly being drawn to Pakistan... as an emerging market. China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, wind energy, fossil energy There is scarcely a patch of earth, which wind energy has not yet conquered...
  • 2017 Middle East and Africa Wind Power Outlook 06/20/2017
    ... difficulties, Iran will contribute to growth in the medium term while Saudi Arabia, currently working on its first tenders, will assume a leadership...
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    'Oriental Nights' powered by Wind and Solar: Arabian World Is Pushing for Renewables 05/11/2017
    ... countries from the Arab world are transforming their energy supply. Arab, renewables, Saudi-Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait Wind has replaced the '.... Orders over 1,600 MW will be awarded by the end of the year. So far, it was necessary to import expensive oil from Saudi Arabia, which has among other...
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    GE Announces Record Onshore Wind Orders for 2016 02/08/2017
    ... in Greece and Saudi Arabia for the first time ever. GE’s onshore wind installed base now stands at nearly 57,000 MW of global capacity. Jérôme Pécresse, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy said “Developing a strong relationship with our global customers and anticipating their local needs helps us to maintain a leading industry position and meet the growing demand. We are thrilled with the customer response to investments the Onshore Wind team made in developing new products and solutions, especially in the US where our new platform is contributing ~75% of our orders in 2016.” GE’s growth in onshore wind globally included several milestones the company previously announced in 2016, including: GE successfully completed construction of the first of a three-phase wind project in southeast India, installing 30 units of GE’s 1.7-103 technology. Mytrah Energy Limited’s Aspari I, the first 51 MW of a planned 200 MW project, is now erected and ready for commissioning. The project utilizes GE’s new Energy Forecasting application, part of its Digital Wind Farm ecosystem. In Germany, GE Renewable Energy signed its largest wind collaboration in the country to date, a framework agreement with UKA Group to install approximately 250 MW of wind energy across 12 future project sites throughout Germany. GE also signed a Turbine Supply Agreement with Max Bögl Wind AG to deliver and commission the world’s tallest and first ever wind turbine integrated with pumped storage hydro-electric power. GE secured a five-year Digital Wind Farm services contracts for two wind farms in central Japan. Utilizing GE’s prognostics and PowerUp service applications, along with hardware and software enhancements, this will help the turbines run more efficiently and increase overall plant production by up to five percent. In Turkey, GE signed deals for 120MW of installed capacity, including 70MW of brilliant turbines with Dost Enerji for their Bergama Wind Power Plant site. GE also saw significant growth in the United States, with its 2 MW platform. ...
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    Canada's Wind Industry Continues Growth 02/02/2017
    ... ranked 53 out of 56 countries under investigation. Only Saudi Arabia, the US and Australia still lag behind the North American's carbon dioxide.... With the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta, Canada has the world's largest reserves of oil only second to Saudi Arabia. It is therefore no wonder that renewable energies have traditionally had a difficult stand and the expansion is only slowly growing. Last year, however, 702 megawatts of wind energy were installed, increasing the total capacity to 11,898 MW. As a result, wind energ now has a share of 6 per cent in the country's electricity mix, and it can supply 3 million households of the almost 36 million inhabitants of the country. Although these figures are low compared to Europe, where some of the large offshore wind farms alone can supply more than one million housholds, they are still a success. Of the 21 new wind energy projects completed last year, 16 are owned by aboriginal or local communities, or municipal governments. “The fact that the vast majority of new wind energy projects built in Canada in 2016 had some form of local ownership demonstrates the value of wind not only as a driver of economic growth, but also as a source of local jobs and revenue in communities right across the country,” emphasizes Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian wind energy association CanWEA. Image: CanWEA In addition to natural gas, wind energy has now become the most favorable source of energy and has been the largest source of new electricity generation since 2005. Between 2012 and 2016, Canada's installed wind power capacity grew by an average of 18 percent per year (1,327 MW). The association expects that in 2017 the country will install around 700 MW of wind energy capacity. New measures to expand wind energy in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2017, coupled with a renewed focus on measures to reduce CO2 emissions, make the growth outlook for wind power promising for the coming years. “More wind energy has been built in Canada in the last 11 years than any other form of electricity generation, and for good reason,” said Hornung. “Costs for wind energy have fallen dramatically over the past seven years, making it one of Canada’s two most cost-competitive sources of new electricity supply. And unlike natural gas, wind energy is not impacted by carbon prices or commodity price fluctuations, meaning that wind energy will only become more affordable over time." Good prospects, therefore, to invest in Canada's wind industry. ...
  • Saudi Arabia's first wind turbine commissioned 01/24/2017
    ... in Turaif in northwestern Saudi Arabia last week. The project, developed in partnership with GE, marked a new milestone in Saudi Aramco’s plan towards... Temeltas, Regional Leader GE Renewables; Zaher Ibrahim, CEO GE Oil & Gas, Saudi Arabia, and a number of local dignitaries and business leaders. For several years, Saudi Aramco has invested to develop high potential sites for wind energy in Saudi Arabia. Sites across the Kingdom have significant resource potential, and may generate some of the lowest cost electricity globally. Delivering new energy through renewables reduces the Kingdom’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to global climate action outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement. Domestically, committing the Kingdom to renewable energy is part of the National Transformation Plan (NTP) and Vision 2030. Through NTP, the Kingdom is targeting 3.45GW of renewable energy by 2020, on the way to 9.5GW by 2023. The Ministry of Energy is leading the launch of the National Renewable Energy Program which will be phased and systemic in its pursuit of long-term goals where Saudi Aramco is a key stakeholder in this effort. Abdulkarim Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco Executive Director for Power Systems said: “The commissioning of the first wind turbine is the start of something new in the Kingdom that Saudi Aramco is driving with our partners. Wind Turbine No. 1 in Turaif will fully meet the electricity needs for the bulk plant and even feed surplus electricity back into the national grid. Wind energy offers potential to provide new energy the Kingdom’s energy mix and enhance power generation efficiency, thus delivering on the core objectives of Vision 2030.” Zaher Ibrahim, President & CEO, GE Oil and Gas Saudi Arabia said: “We see the installation of this GE wind turbine in Turaif as a great demonstration of the long partnership we have with Saudi Aramco. Today is a significant occasion marking an exciting new era for the Kingdom and one that we are very proud to be part of. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the Kingdom towards the renewables goals of Saudi Vision 2030.” The Saudi Aramco-GE wind turbine demonstration project will power Saudi Aramco’s facility in Turaif, providing electricity directly to the bulk plant. One wind turbine creates enough power to supply 250 homes, can displace 19,000 barrels of oil equivalent, and generate 2.75MW, thereby reducing demand for electricity from the national grid. The wind turbine is connected to Turaif Bulk Plant’s electrical distribution system to help it reduce the amount of power purchased from the Saudi Electricity Company and to reduce the diesel currently consumed to supply power at the plant. The GE 2.75-120 wind turbine has been delivered with a desert protection package specifically designed for the Kingdom’s ‘hot & harsh’ conditions. The tower stands 85 meters high, capturing energy by blades 120 meters in diameter. The turbine’s rotor tips reach 145 meters from the ground. The turbine blades are constructed from lightweight composite materials, resembling large aerodynamic glider wings. The wind turbine project was developed by specialists from Saudi Aramco’s Power Systems, with GE selected to design, supply, and construct the demonstration project. ...
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    Wind Energy Conquers the Planet's Most Remote Corners 12/22/2016
    .... The first wind turbine was recently erected in the oil state of Saudi Arabia. The GE 2.75-120 turbine is used mainly for demonstration purposes...
  • Saudi Arabia Gets First Wind Turbine 12/20/2016
    ... turbine in Saudi Arabia, marking a historic milestone for renewable energy in the Kingdom. Supplied by GE, the 2.75-120 wind turbine will provide power to Saudi Aramco’s Bulk Plant located in Turaif, in northwest Saudi Arabia. The demonstration project has been developed by Saudi Aramco in partnership with GE to highlight the viability of deploying wind power in the Kingdom. Since the inception of its Renewable Energy team in 2010, Saudi Aramco has been actively pursuing opportunities in support of the Kingdom’s goal for the integration of renewable energy in the energy mix. In 2012, Saudi Aramco commenced an extensive resource measurement program that confirmed the Kingdom’s exceptional wind resource as perhaps one of the best in the region. Wind energy will become a key source of power under the National Renewables Program, which will deliver a combined 9,500 Mega Watts to the Kingdom from wind and solar energy by 2023. Abdulkarim Al Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco’s Executive Head for Power Systems said: “Saudi Aramco is actively promoting the reduction of energy intensity across the Kingdom by advocating responsible policies, awareness, and energy innovation. This milestone has been made possible with the skills and knowledge Saudi Aramco has attained over decades as the Kingdom’s reliable supplier of energy and those of our partner, GE, as a wind industry leader.” Turaif was selected by Saudi Aramco from four potential sites, due to its good wind resource, ease of access, and proximity to power connection. The wind turbine will generate 2.75 Mega Watts of power at its peak, sufficient energy to sustain around 250 Saudi households. This provides the company the opportunity to reduce burning of diesel for power generation by 18,600 barrels of oil equivalent per year. Hisham Albahkali, GE’s President & CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: “With the arrival of the first GE wind turbine in the Kingdom, we are demonstrating our strong commitment to support the aim of diversifying the energy mix. This is a momentous occasion as it highlights that wind energy generation in the Kingdom is ‘real’ and heralds a new era of renewable energy that clearly shows to the world that action is being taken to support the renewable goals of Saudi Vision 2030.” Once commissioned in January 2017 the wind turbine will present a striking landmark on the Turaif skyline. The tips of the blades will reach a height of 145 meters, or almost half the height of Riyadh’s Kingdom Tower. The diameter of the wind turbine rotor blades will dwarf the span of the World’s largest passenger jet. At 120 meters, the rotor diameter is 50% wider than the wing span of an Airbus 380. The wind turbine and its control system have been specifically designed by GE to minimize the potential noise emitted from the rotor blades, the tips of which can travel at one third the speed of sound. GE’s global wind footprint extends to more than 35 countries with over 50,000 Mega Watts of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe. GE has leveraged this experience to enhance the design of the wind turbine for this project to competently and reliably operate in high temperature, high dust environment within the Kingdom. The wind turbine which arrived to Jubail port in October, will be transported on a twelve vehicle convoy from Dammam to Turaif. The construction of the foundations for the turbine are underway and the first electricity is expected to be supplied to the Saudi Aramco bulk plant once commissioning of the wind turbine is completed in January 2017. ...
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    Q3/2016: Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update 08/26/2016
    ..., Macedonia and Serbia) do not carry enough weight to have a significant impact. Downward adjustments in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia yield a 1% downgrade QoQ in MEA. However, increasing long-term confidence in Iran helps to offset the long-term impact. The near-term impact is more significant (-8%), as Egypt’s FIT program is still maturing and Iran continues to recover economically. MAKE keeps the outlook in China consistent with the Q2 analysis. China’s central government introduced a mechanism to encourage more rational investment in wind projects. This has motivated developers in heavily curtailed regions in the north to pursue opportunities in southern regions, which will offset a near-term decline in growth in northern regions. Growth prospects in India continue to be a focal point for the industry, with the latest policy announcements triggering a 6% upgrade to the Q2 analysis. A short-term boost in India is dampened modestly by project adjustments in the rest of the sub-region, but overall the outlook for Asia Pacific excluding China is upgraded by 3% QoQ over the 10-year period. Firm order intake decreased 15% YoY in Q2/2016 to nearly 12GW, primarily due to a pause in orders placed for projects in the US market as developers re-evaluated project timelines following IRS guidance on PTC qualification. Order volume in APAC stayed consistent YoY, as developers in India rushed to capitalize on full incentive levels in 2016 and developers in China direct focus to southern regions. The Q3/2016 Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update includes a detailed market forecast update for more than 50 key and emerging markets for wind power from 2016 to 2025. The forecast data includes a split of expected onshore and offshore development as well as analysis of the latest wind turbine order and pricing trends. ...
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    Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco and GE partner to install Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine 06/13/2016
    ...Saudi Aramco and GE are partnering to install Saudi Arabia’s first Wind Turbine at the Turaif Bulk Plant, located in the north-west... for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: “The installation of GE’s Wind Turbine by Saudi Aramco, our long-term partner, underlines our...
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