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DEWA signs MoU with Masdar and EDF for Phase 3 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and with EDF for Hatta Hydroelectric Plant

Publish on 10/11/2017

Dubai, UAE, 9 November 2017: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with both Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Électricité de France (EDF) to promote cooperation in developing and financing of the 800MW 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, as per the Independent Power Producer model (IPP). DEWA signed another MoU with EDF for a consultancy contract for the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta Dam.
DEWA is building a 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in Hatta, which is the first of its kind in the GCC countries. It will make use of the water stored in the Hatta Dam, increasing the share of renewable energy.
The consultancy contract covers design, hydro-geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies. It also includes consultancy on deep-water tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
The signing ceremony was attended by HE Benjamin Grivaux, the French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance and HE Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi , Undersecretary for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Economy of the UAE. The first MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA; Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of EDF Group; and HE Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. Al Tayer and Levy signed the second MoU during the UAE-France Business Forum at Zayed University, Dubai Academic City.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion (USD 13.6 billion). The solar park contributes to achieving the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050.
The 800MW third phase of the solar park, is being implemented by Shuaa Energy 2, which was established by DEWA with a 60% stake in the company. Shuaa Energy 2 was launched in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and EDF, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, who own the remaining 40% of the company. The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractor GranSolar from Spain, is handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). It includes Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy.
“The MoU supports the directives of the wise leadership, headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which constitute a roadmap for our ambitious initiatives and clean development projects in the clean energy sector. This is part of our efforts to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make the UAE the best country in the world, achieve sustainable development, and promote the welfare of citizens, residents, and visitors. This also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020. This will increase to 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA registered a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of USD $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for the third phase of the solar park, which will be operational in 2020. Upon its completion, the solar park will save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions. The implementation progress of the third phase, which will produce 800MW, will be complete by 2020. The third phase will be completed in 3 stages over 16 square kilometres. The first 200MW stage is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. The 300MW second stage will be operational in 2019, and the third 300MW stage will be completed in the first half of 2020.
“The hydroelectric plant is part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The project will contribute to the development of Hatta, and meet its developmental, social, economic, and environmental needs. It will also contribute to the achievement of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050,” noted Al Tayer.
“DEWA’s initiatives within the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan will involve Hatta residents in the projects that will be implemented and provide about 200 permanent jobs in the technical, administrative and operational fields, and over 300 jobs in the Visitors Centre, outreach and tourism facilities associated with the project, in addition to more than 2,000 jobs during project implementation,” added Al Tayer.
The pumped-storage hydroelectric power station will make use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain to store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300 metres above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. During peak-load hours, when production cost is high, turbines operated by the speed of waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity that will be connected to DEWA’s grid. The efficiency of power production will reach 90% with response to demand for energy within 90 seconds.
“On the proud occasion of the President of France’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, the MoU signing highlights the strength of our partnership with Dubai Electricity Water Authority and EDF Energies Nouvelles in developing Phase 3 of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
“It also emphasises the critical value of public-private collaboration in advancing commercially viable renewable energy, here in the UAE and the wider region. Now under construction, the 800MW expansion of the Dubai Solar Park will be a benchmark for the global renewables sector on completion, a showcase of UAE expertise, and the capabilities of our international partners, across all aspects of utility-scale renewable energy project development. At Masdar, we are eager to build on our collaboration with DEWA and EDF to pursue future opportunities in renewable energy and clean technologies locally and internationally,” Al Ramahi added.
“We are proud to be supporting the energy transition in the UAE, in close collaboration with major local partners. Our involvement in innovative renewable projects such as Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Hatta hydropower plant demonstrate our know-how as global leader in low-carbon growth. Both projects are aligned with the two key objectives of the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy: achieving 50 GW of renewable energy capacity by year 2030 and growing our business in a rapidly expanding markets such as Middle East” said Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman.
 
 

Commercial commissioning of the Dunkirk regasification terminal

Publish on 03/01/2017

On 1 January 2017, commercial operations started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal. This commissioning draws a line under one of the largest industrial construction sites in France.

The Dunkirk terminal is used to import, store and regasify liquefied natural gas (LNG) before delivery with the transmission systems to the places of consumption.

Ideally sited to serve a range of markets

The Dunkirk regasification terminal is the second largest in mainland Europe and is the only one in Europe to be directly connected to two consumption markets: France and Belgium. Its annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3 accounts for more than 20% of French and Belgian natural gas consumption.

Due to its industrial design, the regasification terminal provides its customers with safe, flexible and extremely reliable services. Its siting in Dunkirk is the ideal position at the crossroads of the seaways between the Channel and the North Sea close to natural gas consumption markets in France and North-Western Europe.

Cutting edge facilities

The regasification terminal is located within the enclosure of the Dunkirk harbour on a site of 56 hectares and is composed of:
  • a jetty that can receive up to 150 LNG tankers per year: from the largest LNG tankers in the world (Qmax tankers with capacity of 267,000 m3) to low-capacity tankers (65,000 m3) for the regional markets. Five articulated arms are installed to unload the ships at maximum flow rate of 14,000 m3/h;
  • three isothermal LNG storage tanks, that can each contain 200,000 m3;
a regasification unit made up of 10 heat exchangers, supplied with tepid water by the neighbouring nuclear power plant in Gravelines with an underwater tunnel 5 km long. This industrial innovation thus provides energy savings that are equivalent to the annual gas consumption of the Dunkirk community.

Natural gas, essential for energy transition

Due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and absence of fine particles, natural gas has lower environmental impact than other types of fossil fuel, such as oil and coal.

It contributes to energy transition providing a useful complement to carbon-free nuclear power and renewable energies, especially during peak consumption. This increasing complementarity is also revealed in domestic applications, whose technology is being completely overhauled.

Natural gas also has a promising future as transport fuel. In liquefied form at -162°C, its volume is reduced by 600 times, thus facilitating transport and storage. LNG is the choice alternative for long-haulage trucks and maritime navigation, where stricter standards are applied in certain seas, such as the Channel, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Marc Benayoun, Executive Director of the EDF Group, in charge of the Gas Sector and Italy, stated: I am delighted that commercial operations have started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal, thus creating a new point of gas importation in France and strengthening security of supply in Europe. It also contributes to the development of the gas supply market, on which the Group already operates with its Italian subsidiary, Edison, and wishes to further strengthen its share. I would especially like to thank the EDF, partners and contractors teams who have worked together since 2012 to complete this strategic asset.

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys, said: I would like to congratulate and thank all the teams who have contributed to the success of this extensive infrastructure project. At Fluxys, we are especially proud to have been able to contribute by bringing our 30 years of expertise in the field of LNG to the construction of this terminal. In addition, direct connection of the Dunkirk LNG terminal to our Belgian network provides users with easy and flexible access to the natural gas consumption markets in North-Western Europe.

Dalkia Group acquires Fenice Rus

Publish on 14/12/2016

Dalkia Group, one of the leading providers of energy services in France and subsidiary of the EDF Group, acquires through its local holding company DK Energuia Rus, the share capital of Fenice Rus. The transaction was officially completed on September 26, 2016.

Fenice Rus is one of the pioneers of energy services in Russia, providing energy efficiency and environmental services to industrials. With numerous significant projects for such customers as AvtoVAZ and Danone, the company is now among the top-three in the national ranking of energy services providers*.

The acquisition of Fenice Rus fits into Dalkia Group’s development strategy to expand its expertise and to increase the range of services relevant to sustainable development. In this regard, Fenice Rus’ proven expertise in the construction and maintenance of Waste Water Treatment Plants gives an opportunity to enlarge Dalkia Group’s competencies and develop new business. The company pays a lot of attention to sustainable development: Fenice Rus facilities reduce 201 000 tons of CO2 every year.

Through this acquisition, the Group wishes to address the Russian energy efficiency market, which displays great potential both on the industry and the heating networks segments. Dalkia has strong development capacities on these core target markets thanks to its historical expertise in France.

"The growth of energy services on the international market is one of the key goals of EDF’s « Cap 2030 » strategy. Hence we rely on EDF’s worldwide established network to create long-term growth drivers and make full use of synergies. It is the case with Fenice Rus. Its strong competencies and local market knowledge are valuable assets for Dalkia Group who will be happy to design and implement sustainable energy efficiency solutions addressing the needs of Russian customers,” highlighted Jean-Michel Mazalérat, Chairman and CEO of Dalkia.
*According to the "Russian market of energy services - 2015" rating, prepared by RBC.

 
Dalkia: leader in energy savings in France
Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF group, is one of the leading providers of energy services in France. Dalkia offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. Dalkia rises to the challenge of the energy transition and provides its clients with expertise covering the entire energy chain, from energy supply to optimisation of their energy consumption, as well as operation and maintenance of installations. All Dalkia’s solutions are paired with energy efficiency commitments and long-term performance guarantees.


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EDF Group and Skolkovo Foundation announce the signing of a cooperation agreement 25/01/2016

Publish on 25/01/2016

EDF Group and Skolkovo Foundation have concluded a cooperation agreement. The document has been signed by Skolkovo Foundation Vice-President and Executive Director of Energy-Efficient Technologies Cluster Nikolay Grachev and EDF Vice-President for Central and Eastern Europe Pierre de Firmas. The signing ceremony was held amid a meeting of the Franco-Russian Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Council (CEFIC) in the presence of both the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron and Russian Minister for Economic Development and Trade Alexey Ulyukaev.
The signatories have identified the following key areas for their partnership :

  • energy efficiency at both industrial and urban sites
  • new methods for generating and consuming electricity, smart grids and smart cities, electricity storage and energy efficient electric transport

This cooperation between the EDF Group ans the Skolkovo Foundation, a world-class innovation center, will help to promote new innovative and effective solutions. It contributes to EDF commitments to support sustainable development and reduce СО2 emissions globally, by speeding up the development of renewable energy sources and smart grids, developing competitive offerings in the field of distributed electricity generation, new personalized energy efficiency services...
Nikolay Grachev, Skolkovo Foundation Vice-President and Executive Director of Energy-Efficient Technologies Cluster :
"We are pinning high hopes on working with EDF, which is one of the world’s leading energy companies. EDF also has proven practical experience of implementing energy efficiency projects in Russia. Today’s signing is an important step towards establishing a close and mutually rewarding partnership between our two organizations. This agreement will enable Skolkovo startups to offer their solutions to EDF Group. EDF’s experience and know-how will definitely be in high demand in our innovation eco-system."

About the EDF group

EDF Group, one of the leading players in the ‘energy transition’, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, as well as energy efficiency services. The Group is the global leader in low-СО2 emission electricity generation. It owns a variety of production facilities, mostly comprising nuclear and hydropower plants, renewable energy sources, and CHP plants. The EDF Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.8 million customers, of which 28.3 million live in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of € 72.9 billion in 2014, of which 45.2 % was generated outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

About the Skolkovo Foundation

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 at the initiative of the Russian President. The Foundation’s objectives are to mobilize Russia’s resources in the field of modern applied research and to create a conducive environment for scientific innovations across five priority areas for technological development: energy and energy efficiency, space exploration, biomedicine, and nuclear and computer technologies. The project involves establishing the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech), research institutes, business incubators, a technology transfer and commercialization center, offices of foreign companies and R&D centers, residential areas and community infrastructure, as well as repeating this formula in other designated Russian innovation regions. The activities of the Skolkovo Innovation Center are regulated by a special law which provides its residents with a number of financial privileges. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo’s resident companies through December 2014 reached $ 1 billion. These companies have raised over $ 220 million in investment, created 13,500 jobs, and filed for over 1,300 patents. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will have been built in Skolkovo, with 35,000 people working there.

Website : www.sk.ru

ALEXANDRA BARSHCHEVSKAYA
SKOLKOVO FOUNDATION PRESS SECRETARY
Phone: +7 (495) 956 00 33, ext. 2657
ab@sk.ru

EDF PRESS OFFICE
Phone: +33 (1) 40 42 46 37
service-de-presse@edf.fr

The all-Russian rating of energy service companies : EDF Fenice Rus at the TOP-3 21/12/2015

Publish on 21/12/2015

EDF Fenice Rus took the 3rd place in the all-Russian rating of energy service companies made by RBC : 

And also Fenice RUS assured the 1st place in the private ranking of companies in the area of "Energy service contracts in the commercial sector" The all-Russian rating of energy service companies - 2015 was prepared in the framework of the research "Russian market of energy services - 2015". In the ranking there are companies that show best results in implementing energy service contracts with customers of the following 4 (main) sectors :

  • state and municipal clients
  • organizations engaged in regulated activities
  • commercial organizations (industrial enterprises)
  • the residential sector

Evaluation criteria :

  • number and variety of contracts (regarding 4 listed sectors)
  • the amount of savings In the contract should be spelled out the condition for achieving a certain value of energy savings as a result of energy saving measures OR the conditions of the full payback due to the savings achieved from the implementation of energy saving measures

EDF Fenice Rus has contracts in the only one sector (Commercial organizations) that means that we are the leading company in the field of energy services for the industrial enterprises.

EDF FENICE RUS
Phone: +7 495 781 93 35
fenice.rus@edf-fenice.com

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