Ventures Middle East, a strategic business advisory company, has recently performed a study of the Middle East and concluded that in 2012 97 new power and water projects worth $32.7 billion have started construction, or will start construction before the end of the year.
The UAE has 10 energy and water projects worth a total of $1.5 billion set to begin construction this year, headed by the $740 million Noor 1 Solar Power Plant, and Phase 2 of the $580 million Emal Power Plant.
19 power and water projects will be started this year in Kuwait with a combined cost of $4.2 billion, led by the $2.7 billion Al Zour North Independent Water and Power Plant.
Saudi Arabia has approved 15 new projects for 2012 worth a total of $8.8 billion, including the $2 billion Al Qurayyah Independent Power Plant, and the $1.2 billion Shuaiba 2 Power Plant.
Other Middle Eastern Countries with energy or water projects due to begin construction this year include; Morocco, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain.
By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com