CW In Focus | Masdar's green plans for Abu Dhabi and the world

Abu Dhabi-based sustainability giant is leading the way for green projects in the Middle East and beyond

The latest episode of Construction Week In Focus explores some of the major announcements made by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2019.

A key aspect of the UAE’s annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week held in January, the summit has cemented its position as one of the world’s leading specialist events in energy, clean technology, and sustainability.

The second day of the summit saw the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority announce that is intiated the process to give an investment license to the consortium of Masdar and French firm EDF Renewables.

The news comes two weeks after a Masdar-led consortium won a contract to build the kingdom’s first utlility scale wind project – the Dumat Al Jandal wind power plant in Al Jouf in the north of the kingdom.

Other news involved the construction of Bahrain’s planned 100 MW solar energy plant, which is in line with the kingdom’s target to ensure renewable energy makes up at least 5% of its energy mix by 2025.

Masdar has tendered for the project, according to Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, Bahrain’s Minister for Electricity and Water Affairs, as reported by UAE state news agency Wam at the time.

Masdar and Finnish wind and solar developer Taaleri Energia also inked partnership deal on day two of the expo, an agreement that aims to build upon of the success of Masdar and its own ongoing activities in the Western Balkans through the joint development of onshore wind and solar photovoltaic projects.

In this video, Construction Week's senior reporter, Jack Ball, review the most exciting Masdar announcements that were made at WFES 2019.

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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