Wind industry coming to oil-rich Saudi Arabia

first_imgWind industry coming to oil-rich Saudi Arabia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) and the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) have received bids of between $21.30/MWh and $33.86/MWh for the 400 MW Dumat Al Jandal project.However, the agencies pointed out the bidder with the lowest price may not be awarded the project licence. “REPDO said the bid opening results announced do not represent a ranking of bidders or a bidder’s compliance with RFP requirements of the project, nor do they constitute a determination by REPDO of the outcome of the bidding process,” MEIM said in a statement. An EDF-led consortium placed the lowest bid of SAR 79.97/MWh ($21.30/MWh). Meanwhile, an Engie-led consortium (SAR 88.70/MW), ACWA Power (SAR 101.13/MWh) and an Enel Green Power-led consortium (SAR 127.14/MWh) also had bids opened by the agencies.The 400 MW Dumat Al Jandal site will be the country’s first commercial scale project. The country’s first utility-scale turbine was installed in January 2017. MEIM said the site should experience class II and class III wind speeds and generate 1.4 TWh annually. The bid prices are surprisingly low for a country just starting out in the wind power energy space. It compares to some of the lowest onshore wind bid prices seen anywhere in the world. In Mexico’s November power procurement round, wind prices fell to an average of $20.57/MWh, and a record low of $18.86/MWh secured. Saudi Arabia’s tender is the first phase of Saudi’s National Renewable Energy Programme aiming at 9.5 GW of wind and solar by 2023.More: Saudi Arabia opens wind bidslast_img read more

Tegal reports zero COVID-19 cases, thanks to PSBB: Mayor

first_imgLarge-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Tegal city, Central Java, which have been implemented for more than two weeks, are being hailed for successfully breaking the COVID-19 transmission chain as the city has not reported any new cases.“The only COVID-19 patient in Tegal has recovered. Therefore, Tegal is now reporting zero cases of COVID-19,” Tegal Mayor M. Jumaidi said on Thursday.He also claimed that the number of people under general monitoring (ODP) and patients under surveillance (PDP) for COVID-19 in the city shows had shown a declining trend since the city implemented the PSBB on April 23. “Residents protested [the restriction] at first. Many still violated the rule by not wearing a mask and gathering outside. But in the second week, they started to show more discipline,” Jumaidi said.However, he said that his administration was still optimizing the PSBB measures as people from several COVID-19 red zones continued arriving in the city and some mass religious events still took place at several locations.Read also: COVID-19: Central Java tracking down 1,500 residents who attended Gowa gatheringThe city administration has also decided to extend its PSBB period to May 22 to ensure it had successfully ended COVID-19 transmissions. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo commended the achievement but urged residents of Tegal to remain vigilant until the pandemic has truly ended and the economy restored.He also demanded that the Tegal administration heavily sanction violators.“It’s hard to maintain discipline,” Ganjar said, adding that community awareness played an important factor in determining the success of the PSBB.He further pointed out that Tegal city was located next to Tegal, Brebes and Pemalang regencies, which are considered COVID-19 red zones.“Please, I’m asking Tegal residents to stay at home unless they have a very urgent matter. And when going outside, don’t forget to wear a mask and maintain a physical distance,” the governor said. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Keane not giving up on Euro 2016

first_img “The goal was a very, very lucky goal but we gave them opportunities to do that. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and they got it. ” Keane was used only as a second-half substitute at the end of a dreadful week for his family, during which his cousins Alan and Stephen Harris died after being overcome by toxic fumes as they worked in a sewer. The striker revealed he would not have been able to start the game after making just three appearances for his club in recent weeks because of a groin injury, but insisted he was ready to play his part. He said: “It’s been a tough week. I don’t want to talk about it too much, but for all the family it’s been difficult. “I was ready for the game. Physically I probably wasn’t ready for it in terms of my fitness and the way I’ve been. I played 90 minutes last week – I was only supposed to play 60 but I ended up playing 90. “I’ve been out for two months. It’s a long time, so I wouldn’t have been able to start the game, and trying to play for 90 minutes would have been difficult after being out for such a long time.” He said: “We’ll keep plugging away. We’re definitely not out of this and that was the message that everyone was saying to each other. There’s no way we’re out of this. “Scotland still have a couple of tough games coming up. There are no easy games in the group, but in our next two games we’ll be looking to get six points.” Given that minnows Gibraltar conceded seven goals for the third time in the campaign – on this occasion at home to world champions Germany – on Saturday, the chances of them denying the Republic maximum points in Faro seem remote, while Martin O’Neill’s men will be confident of repeating their victory over the Georgians in Tbilisi when they head for Dublin. At the same time the Scots, who remains two points better off than the Irish, have to head for Georgia and then host the Germans, and that – on paper at least – looks a significantly harder double-header. However, Poland, who cemented their place at the top of the table with a 4-0 victory over Georgia in Warsaw, are now five points clear of Ireland with Germany just a point worse off, and with only four games each to play the pair are in pole position to claim the two automatic spots and leave the rest scrambling for a play-off berth. It might have been so different for the Republic had they managed to build upon Jon Walters’ first-half strike on a night when they enjoyed the better of the game, but ultimately paid once again for a momentary lapse which handed Shaun Maloney, the man whose goal separated the sides in Glasgow in November, to fire home an equaliser with the help of a sizeable deflection off defender John O’Shea. Asked if he was disappointed with just a point, Keane said: “Yeah, of course. When you dominate the game and everything seems to be going to plan, then we switch off 30 seconds after the start of the second half… “Football is for 90-plus minutes, so you always have to be switched on, knowing that they have clever players that can do something. The Republic were dealt a blow on Saturday evening when Group D rivals Scotland emerged from their trip to Dublin with a point from a 1-1 draw which prevented Keane and his team-mates leap-frogging them. It was a game most onlookers believed Ireland had to win if they were to retain any chance of automatic qualification, although the 34-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy frontman is in no mood to throw in the towel and has already turned his attention to the trip to Gibraltar and the home clash with Georgia when hostilities resume after the summer. Robbie Keane is targeting six points in September after refusing to give up on the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of making it to the Euro 2016 finals. Press Associationlast_img read more