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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

The UAE has announced the establishment of a new council that will be responsible for the planning and implementation of infrastructure and housing projects, and catering to the housing needs of Emiratis for the next 20 years.

The announcement was made at a cabinet meeting, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which approved the general budget for 2022- 2026, with federal spending of $78.96 billion.

On the new UAE Infrastructure and Housing Council, the cabinet said it will be headed by Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure with representatives from local governments as members. It added that the council is mandated to ensure integration and comprehensiveness in the planning and implementation of infrastructure and housing projects.

It is also tasked with developing a detailed study on housing needs over the next twenty years, with the study set to be presented within one month.

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced that it has begun supplying the ‘1 Residences’ towers with 3,351 refrigeration tonnes (RT) from its district cooling plant at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

In a statement, Empower said that 1 Residences Towers comes as part of the huge ‘wasl1’ project, which incorporates 13 residential towers being developed by wasl Properties, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group.

The wasl1 project is intended to be a gateway between the old and new districts of Dubai. It is also the only project that allows free ownership in that part of the city.

The project consists of two luxury residential towers that lie on Sheikh Zayed Road and overlook Zabeel Park. Each tower is built in the shape of number 1 and both cover an area of 102,282 sqm.

The first tower is 101,569 sq m in area while the second is 96,103 sq m and the total built-up area is 160,131 sq m. Each tower contains 44 floors and are interconnected via a suspension bridge that runs from floor 36 to floor 42. A total of 753 apartments and a variety of amenities completes the project.

Empower added that as per the agreement signed with wasl Asset Management Group, the district cooling capacity for the entire project is expected to reach 30,000 RT.

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

A contract has been signed between DHL Global Forwarding and TotalEnergies that will see a solar energy project take shape across eight of DHL’s sites in Dubai. The project will produce over 14,000MWh of electricity per year, which is said to be enough energy to power over 16,000 homes yearly in the UAE.

According to a statement, the project will see DHL’s various sites equipped with solar solutions, in addition to eight electrical vehicle charging stations. With this, DHL Global Forwarding contributes to the group’s goal of electrifying 60% of its fleet by 2030. The move is said to be a continuation of the firms’ Strategic Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in 2019.

As per the terms of the deal, TotalEnergies will solarise eight of DHL’s sites in Dubai to cover the equivalent of over 46,000sqm of photovoltaic panels. The solar system will save more than 6,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first year and complements Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability roadmap, to achieve zero-emissions logistics from 2050 onwards, the statement said.

“With an annual average of 8.7 hours of sunshine per day, Dubai has a clear advantage in terms of solar energy. I am all the more pleased that we can use this asset to advance our sustainability goals further. With TotalEnergies, we have a partner at our side, not only to drive forward the use of alternative fuels but also to optimise our overall energy consumption. In this way, we are going step by step to achieve our ambitious target to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050,” said Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa.

Hamady Sy, managing director at TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East and Africa noted, “We are delighted to support DHL Global Forwarding with their green initiatives in the UAE of which solar will play an important part, and look forward to helping them reducing their carbon footprint in the region and beyond.”

The statement noted that not only will the solar system produce more sustainable energy, but the programme also includes that 85% of the solar modules are recycled. Furthermore, they are produced exclusively in Landfill Free certified factories. All this contributes to making the entire product cycle more sustainable and saves more than 150,000 tonnes of CO2 over the contract duration.

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

Contracts worth $665m have been awarded by Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard Foundation to multiple Saudi companies for the construction of Phase One of its wellness project in Riyadh. Sports Boulevard is one of four wellbeing projects being planned by the Saudi government in the heart of the capital, with investments expected to total $23bn.

Along with King Salman Park, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art, Sports Boulevard is said to complement Saudi Vision 2030’s Quality of Life programme and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

According to a statement, the projects were launched in 2019, in bid to improve the lives of Saudi citizens besides transforming the city into an attractive destination and making it one of the world’s most livable cities. The projects will jointly offer opportunities worth $15bn for the private sector to invest in the residential, commercial, recreational and wellness areas.

Billed as a first-of-its-kind project in the region, Sports Boulevard will feature a 135km-long professional cycling track covering the city and the surrounding valleys. It will connect Wadi Hanifah valley in the West with Wadi Al Sulai valley in the East through Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Road. It will feature green pedestrian pathways, special routes for professional and amateur cyclists (135 and 90km respectively) and horse-riding routes (123km), the statement noted.

Sports Boulevard will feature nine key components: Hanifah Valley Zone; Art Zone; Al Yasen Zone; Recreational Zone; Sports Zone; The Sports Tower; Environmental Zone; Al Sulai Valley Zone and the Sand Dunes Park Zone. Adding 3.5m sqm of new open space across the city, Sports Boulevard will also feature a sports pavilion, riding stables and athletics tracks, accommodating a wide variety of sports activities. This project has been designed with full accessibility for all segments of the population, the statement concluded.

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

Mammoet’s new Focus 30 crane has performed its inaugural lift, installing a vessel at the refinery in the UK in a top-and-tail operation executed along with a 500t mobile crane.

The global heavy lifting and transport services giant said the new Focus 30 is designed to deliver significant lifting capacity at complex sites and requires no laydown area during assembly of its boom as it is erected vertically in sections. This enables the Focus 30 to be built away from the lift-site and requires the disruption or closure of less infrastructure during its use.

Mommeot added that this theory became a reality during the mobilisation of the crane for the UK refinery lift. A conventional crawler crane would need to be built over a nearby pipe rack and cause a site road to be temporarily closed for a number of days. However, the Focus 30 was manoeuvred in sections around key infrastructure and its boom was raised within the area of the crane’s own footprint, which reduced disruption.

Mammoet first transported the new vessel approximately 3km from a local port, using 36 axle lines of SPMT. It was then positioned in a staging area so that the transport arrangement could be reconfigured to suit onsite requirements.

To facilitate the onsite route, a bespoke ‘book end’ transport frame was used, alongside the hydraulic stroke of the transporters themselves, to navigate the vessel under a number of low pipe racks. Once it reached its installation location, the Focus 30 and a 500-tonne mobile crane were used in tandem to lift the vessel and set it securely on its foundations.

The Focus 30 opens up new and innovative possibilities to engineer complex lifts in equally complex environments. In this case, it drove efficiency by delivering lifting capacity to a very compact location – allowing turnaround activity to continue in areas of the site that would have otherwise been needed to assemble a crawler crane.

In the future, Focus 30 will enable large industrial facilities to expand, delivering increased energy for growing populations worldwide.

 

 

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

The world is evolving faster than ever before. Today, 55% of the global population live in urban areas and this figure is projected to reach 68% by 2050, giving rise to the need for affordable housing as well as social, transportation and utility infrastructure.

According to the global forecast for the construction industry, over 60% of global construction activity will be undertaken in emerging markets by 2025, up from 35%. The volume of construction output will grow by more than 70% to $15 trillion worldwide by 2025, with an expansion rate of 3.6% every year between 2018 and 2022. Additionally, by 2050, experts suggest that there will be two billion additional city dwellers and hence sustainable urbanisation will pose a major construction challenge and the industry must strive to find innovative new products and solutions, to contribute to building better cities.

The construction industry plays a significant role in the Middle East region’s economic development. In 2018, $101.8bn worth of projects were awarded across the GCC, which went up to $102.3bn in 2019.

Pre-Covid, an upside was anticipated on growth prospects, primarily driven by significant investment in infrastructure and major capital projects across key sectors, such as hospitality, entertainment, education, and healthcare. The muted growth of the sector is reflective of the economic impact of the pandemic-linked lockdowns. The construction equipment industry, which depends highly on GDP growth and economic activity, faced the same headwinds as other industrials during the pandemic.

The global construction equipment market size is projected to reach $205bn by 2025, from an estimated value of $169.3bn in 2020, growing at 3.9% CAGR. The increasing number of infrastructure projects and mega construction projects are anticipated to further fuel the demand for construction equipment during the forecast period.

Advancements in construction machinery are mainly focused on equipment that will help drive change in the industry with more environmentally friendly and efficient ways of working. Operator-centric solutions focused on improving the health and safety of construction professionals will be a norm at future construction sites.

Battery powered construction products are examples of such advancement, causing less damage to the environment and driving up efficiency. Secondly, dust and slurry management solutions, as well as remote controlled machinery that keeps the operator safe and healthy, are revolutionising the construction industry and offering countless benefits to companies and their customers around the world. As the pandemic begins to abate, businesses are looking at robust technology models that will help with planning and implementing construction activities keeping the health and safety of their employees as the top priority. Hence, construction equipment is facing a very different landscape, when exploring the next normal for the industry.

Commercial, residential and infrastructure construction projects depend heavily on equipment such as cutters, dozers, excavators and wheeled loaders. To date, these machines have almost exclusively been diesel-powered, with some that can plug into the mains, with the hazard of a trailing cable. Also, cutting, drilling, grinding and demolishing concrete, brick and other hard construction materials creates dust and slurry.

Construction dust can cause serious damage to health and some types can eventually even lead to death. Regularly inhaling dust over a long period can cause life-threatening lung diseases. Moreover, dust also has a significant impact on tools, substantially reducing their operational life span. But with the advent of new technology, more and more companies will rely on battery-powered and eco-friendly equipment on construction sites, taking advantage of rapid improvements in the lightweight and powerful lithium-ion battery technology. These battery-powered machines are no less powerful or productive in comparison to traditional diesel models and since the usage of these machines is free from direct emissions and smoke, companies can gain a competitive advantage and demonstrate sustainable construction methods.

For the dust particles hovering in the air at construction sites, it is important to always use work methods for safe and efficient dust control that catch dust at the source and prevent it from becoming airborne. The industry is moving towards using high-quality professional dust control equipment and personal protective equipment that can catch even the smallest silica particles. These compact, lightweight machines are equipped with one, two or three powerful, single-phase electric motors with separate cooling, capable of running continuously all workday. This makes them suitable for all construction and restoration jobs, as well as for use with electric power tools. For instance, the Husqvarna A-line includes the most advanced and versatile portable air cleaners that extend from the tool itself through to the vacuum removal. This improves workplace safety, regardless of whether it is concrete dust, fine sanding dust or gypsum dust, while aiding in legal compliance.

Research shows that battery operated machinery can be economically viable for the construction industry. The benefits are endless. Not only do they provide better manoeuvrability, flexibility and safety, the benefits of battery-powered construction equipment also provide businesses with smart tools that are efficient, accurate and speedy for all employees. According to ‘The Future Home Report’ by Eurocell’s, 49% of consumers responded that they would be more likely to buy or rent an eco-conscious home, putting the pressure on construction companies to emit less, pollute less and build the world we want to live in, in a sustainable manner.

The innovations in this industry clearly represent advancement. In the near future, the industry will witness a surge in demand for battery-powered machinery, which will expand their share in the market as both environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solutions for construction equipment.

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October 14, 2021 valueeng0

The Volvo Group has revealed the world’s first vehicle made of “fossil-free” steel and has announced that more such vehicles will follow in 2022 in what will be a series of concept vehicles and components.

According to Volvo, the machine, a load carrier for use in mining and quarrying, was made using green steel produced by Swedish steel maker SSAB, and was produced in Volvo Construction Equipment’s facility in Braås, Sweden.

The carrier was unveiled at a green steel collaboration event yesterday in Gothenburg hosted by Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE, and Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO Volvo Group. During the premiere, which was broadcast online, attendees got to see the world’s first machine made of fossil-free steel. In addition, insights were also shared about yet another ground-breaking sustainable steel collaboration.

The EU commissioner for internal market, Thierry Breton, and the Swedish minister of enterprise and innovation, Ibrahim Baylan, joined the event together with Martin Lindqvist, CEO, SSAB, and other speakers.

Jernberg said: “Our ambition is to have fossil-free steel used across all our products, with a step-by-step approach. This machine is proof that we really can make fast progress, when we work together in strong partnerships, when we are determined to act and we enable our skilled people to contribute to building the world we want to live in. Not only for our generation, but for generations to come. Our team in Braås is understandably proud to help make this innovation happen.”

Lundstedt added: “This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future. Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to address climate change, so too must organisations and industries work in collaboration to develop innovative new solutions for a greenhouse gas emission free future. Volvo Group is committed to pioneering partnerships such as this with SSAB to develop attractive, safe and efficient new vehicles and machines that pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system adopted for the future.”

The Volvo Group has announced that it is committed to be climate-neutral and achieve net zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, and is on the path towards developing sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions of the future. Along with the electrification of its vehicles and machines, Volvo is determined to reduce the carbon footprint of its entire supply chain and this latest innovation is one step forward on this path, said the Swedish giant.

SSAB CEO Lindqvist added: “Having the world´s first actual vehicle made using SSAB´s fossil-free steel is a true milestone. Our collaboration with the Volvo Group shows that green transition is possible and brings results. Together, we will continue reducing climate impact all the way to the end customer while ensuring that our customers get high-quality steel. We look forward to continuing to work with Volvo Group in research and development to produce more fossil-free steel products.”

The Volvo Group added that it considers a move towards green steel as an important step for its own operations as well as for the transport and infrastructure industries as a whole, particularly considering that around 70% of a truck’s weight comes from steel and cast iron, with the figure for Volvo machines even higher.

This first concept machine, produced at Volvo CE’s facility in Braås, is just the start, with smaller-scale series production planned by 2022, and mass production set to follow, said Volvo.

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October 13, 2021 valueeng0

Magna Tyres has announced the appointment of Ywenco Philipsen as its new commercial director at its headquarters in the Netherlands, where he will be responsible for all marketing and sales related operations.

The off-highway tyres specialist said that Philipsen, who took over his position on October 1, is a “highly qualified commercial director with a strong background and a broad exposure in several sales and marketing disciplines”.

“His expertise will be a major asset to contribute immediately to advancing our priorities along with further developing the strong market position,” said Magan Tyres in its announcement.

Speaking about his new position, Philipsen said: “I am very excited about this new experience and enormous challenge. I am really looking forward to establishing Magna Tyres as a strong brand and achieving tremendous growth with both customers and employees. We are aiming for more global awareness and the best customer experience.”

The company added that with the appointment of Philipsen, Magna Tyres Group is “assured of substantive expertise, leadership strength and business acumen, as we continue to grow and embark in the upcoming years on the challenging tyre business”.

According to the Magna Tyres Group, Philipsen “is a tremendous asset for the company and will play a valuable role in the company’s long-term strategic vision. His background, knowledge and management style are an excellent fit as we expand our global presence and work to enhance our already-strong on- and offline position”.

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October 13, 2021 valueeng0

Galfar Engineering and Contracting, the Omani construction firm, has said that it has been awarded a $54 million contract to undertake key rehabilitation works at the Muscat International Airport.

In a filing to the Muscat bourse, the contractor said that the MC15 project was awarded by Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority and that the scope of work includes rehabilitation of the airport’s southern runway and its air corridors.

It added that work on the project is scheduled to begin soon, and that it will take a period of 16 months to be completed.

The project is expected to contribute to the company’s revenues and help boost its presence in such vital infrastructure projects, the contractor concluded.

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October 13, 2021 valueeng0

A 100MW Solar PV Farm is to be built in Suhar Industrial City, following the signing of an agreement between the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), Mubadrah and Solar Wadi. The project will take shape in Suhar Industrial City and is expected to be operational by next year.

According to a statement from Madayn, the initiative is part of the overall strategy of Madayn in providing a significant portion of the energy needs of its tenants from a sustainable renewable energy source, in line with Oman Vision 2040’s sustainability goals.

The agreement was signed by Eng Musallam bin Mohammed Al Shehri, head of Operations Sector at Madayn, Mustafa Al Lawati, CEO of Mubadrah and Yazan Faouri, CEO of Solar Wadi. The project is said to be part of the larger overall Madayn Renewable Energy Project initiative, which is being undertaken to transform the way the electricity needs of all industrial cities and free zones under Madayn umbrella are being met.

“This agreement comes along the lines of the efforts undertaken by Madayn in moving towards more sustainable energy sources and helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the industrial sector in Oman, as set out in Vision 2040, the gateway to Oman becoming a developed nation under the guidance of His Majesty Haitham bin Tarik,” said Mustafa Al Lawati, CEO of Mubadrah.

He added the aim is to provide all Madayn tenants with saving on their electricity costs, while attracting investors to invest into the development of the Solar Park to increase the competitiveness of all companies within the Madayn industrial cities and free zones. He stated that this will create a positive impact on their business operations and Oman’s economy.

Yazan Faouri, CEO of Solar Wadi stated, “The aim of this initiative and collaboration is to enable us to work together in our combined efforts to deliver a sustainable, ecological, more economical, and socially conscious power solution for all tenants at Suhar Industrial City from a Renewable Solar Energy source. In doing so, we are contributing to the ambitions and goals of the Omani Government, under the leadership of His Majesty Haitham bin Tarik, in transforming Oman’s economy into a developed, diversified and sustainable national economy as a set out by Oman Vision 2040.”

Faouri added that “This project represents a strategic investment for Solar Wadi, as one of the first independent Omani power companies that invests in, builds and operates renewable energy power plants. It is only the first in a number of investments planned for the Omani market, which is targeted as a total investment of $780m in developing a combined capacity of circa 1GW of solar PV energy plants across the Sultanate. With investments being made mainly in the Madayn Renewable Energy Project initiative over all industrial cities and free zones under the Madayn umbrella, along with a significant number of other solar plants being developed for the wider private sector C&I companies and governmental entities across a wide range of business sectors in the Omani economy.”

The statement noted that Madayn and its partners plan to roll out the Madayn Renewable Energy Project initiative across all industrial cities and free zones in the coming years. Madayn said it will utilise a combination of holistic solutions, which involves a larger centralised solar plant that will cater for the collective needs of all tenants within the industrial city that are connected to the regular distribution networks and direct private-wire solutions for high consumption tenants within the industrial city that have individual electricity feeds.

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