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MASE to Operate & Maintain CIM’s Shamsuna Solar PV Plant

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MASE signs operations and maintenance contract for Shamsuna 10 MW Solar PV Plant

  • Located in Aqaba, the Plant is part of Jordan’s Round I Renewable Energy Program and a member of IFC’s Seven Sisters
  • MASE will carry out a turn-key O&M services scope 

Amman, Jordan – May 2020: MASE, the leading regional solar operations and maintenance firm, signed a turn-key contract with Catalyst Investment Management (CIM) to operate and maintain the Shamsuna 10 MW Solar PV Plant located within Solar Park I of the Ma’an Development Area in Ma’an, Jordan.  The Plant, owned by CIM, is part of Jordan’s Round I Renewable Energy IPP Program.  It is financed by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), acting as mandate lender for the Seven Sisters Program, together with the Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO).

Under the contract, MASE will carry out turn-key operations, maintenance and management services comprising preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance to ensure the plant’s long-term performance and optimal availability.  MASE was selected by CIM as part of a competitive request for proposal process, which involved technical and commercial due diligence carried out by the project lenders and their technical advisers.  The process and subsequent award further cements the bankability of MASE’s solar O&M value proposition and adds upon its rapidly growing operational track record in Jordan.

A case for operating brownfield PV plants in Jordan       

The Shamsuna Solar PV Plant was commissioned in February 2016 and operates under a 20-year PPA with the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).  The Plant was constructed by Enerray as EPC Contractor, also acting as O&M up until the handover to MASE, as second-term O&M service provider.  The O&M contract with MASE will be one of the first major involvement of a specialized O&M firm in a brownfield utility-scale solar PV plant in Jordan and is expected to set a local contractual and operational precedent for other solar assets opting to decommission the involvement of the EPC Contractor in the longer-term operations and maintenance.

 

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About Catalyst Investment Management

Catalyst Investment Management (also known as Catalyst Private Equity) is a specialized energy and water sector investment management company operating out of Jordan, covering primarily the Middle East and North Africa.

CIM’s goal is to help create, invest in, and grow a world class base of renewable energy projects and value added companies that primarily supply the energy and water treatment sectors. These companies range from project developers and projects, to technology developers, to product developers that will help grow and maintain the region’s vital energy and water sectors. Given the region’s global significance in these sectors, the region becomes a platform for the global market. CIM partners with international and regional technology and industry specialists to support this vision.

About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE operates, maintains and manages commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants with a combined capacity exceeding 100 MWp of operating assets under management.  Our dedication is to long-term performance and our award-winning operations and maintenance value proposition comprises a turn-key scope covering preventive and corrective maintenance, performance engineering and rehabilitation.

In June 2019, we received the ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award for the MENA region from International Finance Magazine, a leading UK-based industry publication.  In May 2020, we signed an O&M contract to operate and maintain CIM’s Falcon Ma’an Solar PV Plant.

MASE to Operate & Maintain Falcon Ma’an Solar Plant

Falcon Ma'an Plant

MASE inks operations and maintenance contract for Falcon Ma’an 23 MW Solar PV Plant

  • Plant developed and owned by Catalyst Investment Management, a leading clean energy developer
  • MASE will carry out a turn-key O&M services scope 
  • Contract further cements the bankability of MASE’s solar O&M value proposition

Amman, Jordan – May 2020: MASE, a leading regional solar operations and maintenance firm, signed a turn-key contract with Catalyst Investment Management (CIM) to operate and maintain the Falcon Ma’an 23 MW Solar PV Plant located within Solar Park I of the Ma’an Development Area in Ma’an, Jordan.  The Plant, developed and owned by CIM, is part of Jordan’s Round I Renewable Energy IPP Program.  It is financed by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), acting as mandate lender for the Seven Sisters Program, together with the Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO).

Under the contract, MASE will carry out turn-key operations, maintenance and management services comprising preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance to ensure the plant’s long-term performance and optimal availability.  MASE was selected by CIM as part of a competitive request for proposal process, which involved technical and commercial due diligence carried out by the project lenders and their technical advisers.  The process and subsequent award further cements the bankability of MASE’s solar O&M value proposition and adds upon its rapidly growing operational track record in the region.

A case for brownfield PV plants in Jordan       

The Falcon Ma’an Plant was commissioned in October 2016 and operates under a 20-year PPA with the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).  The Plant was constructed by Enerray as EPC Contractor, also acting as O&M up until the handover to MASE, as second-term O&M service provider.  The O&M contract with MASE is considered the first major involvement of a specialized O&M firm in a brownfield utility-scale solar PV plant in Jordan and is expected to set a local contractual and operational precedent for other solar assets opting to decommission the involvement of the EPC Contractor in the longer-term operations and maintenance.

 

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About Catalyst Investment Management

Catalyst Investment Management (also known as Catalyst Private Equity) is a specialized energy and water sector investment management company operating out of Jordan, covering primarily the Middle East and North Africa.

CIM’s goal is to help create, invest in, and grow a world class base of renewable energy projects and value added companies that primarily supply the energy and water treatment sectors. These companies range from project developers and projects, to technology developers, to product developers that will help grow and maintain the region’s vital energy and water sectors. Given the region’s global significance in these sectors, the region becomes a platform for the global market. CIM partners with international and regional technology and industry specialists to support this vision.

About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE operates, maintains and manages commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants with a combined capacity exceeding 100 MWp of operating assets under management.  Our dedication is to long-term performance and our award-winning operations and maintenance value proposition comprises a turn-key scope covering preventive and corrective maintenance, performance engineering and rehabilitation.

In June 2019, we received the ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award for the MENA region from International Finance Magazine, a leading UK-based industry publication.  In December 2019, we signed an O&M contract to operate and maintain the Masdar City Solar PV Plant on behalf of Masdar, a leading regional renewable energy developer.

MASE Funds Campaign Combating COVID-19 Pandemic in Jordan

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MASE supports the Faz3et Shabab campaign to curb the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan

  • Funding will go towards supporting key campaign initiatives targeting critical front line endeavors in the fight against the Coronovirus pandemic across Jordan
  • The initiative was launched by a group of young Jordanians in support of local efforts being carried out by the healthcare sector and government to contain the novel Coronavirus
  • Initiatives comprise procurement of critical medical and PPE supplies, hygiene kits and sanitary equipment, and direct financial support for vulnerable families impacted by the pandemic

Amman, Jordan – April 2020: MASE has committed funds to support the Faz3et Shabab initiative, a makeshift grassroots campaign that emerged spontaneously in response to the COVID-19 crisis facing Jordan today.  The initiative aims to mobilize individuals and the private sector to support the country at this time of crisis.

The funding is committed by MASE as part of its Advancing Solar Initiative on behalf of its employees and team members, who continue to work on the front lines to ensure that the power plants which we manage are operating with peak performance and availability, generating clean and efficient power to national grids across regions in which we operate.

 

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About the MASE Advancing Solar Initiative

The MASE Advancing Solar Initiative is a corporate social responsibility program aimed at advancing MASE’s corporate vision and sustainability values across communities in Jordan and abroad.  The Initiative aims to fund, support, develop and implement clean energy programs within key impoverished communities, social gatherings and education establishments.  The Initiative also aims to spread awareness of solar energy and to provide opportunities for basic solar installation skill development, vocational training and technical coaching.  Additionally, the Initiative aims to supports local and regional efforts addressing a multitude of social and economic impact schemes.

The MASE Advancing Solar Initiative is funded by the company’s own resources and executed by its team.

About the Faz3et Shabab Campaign

Faz3et Shabab is a makeshift grassroots campaign that emerged spontaneously in response to the COVID-19 crisis facing Jordan today.  It aims to mobilize individuals and the private sector to support the country at this time of crisis.

As young Jordanians, living both in the country and abroad, we believe it is our responsibility to contribute to the efforts being carried out by the healthcare sector and government to contain the novel Coronavirus.

The Faz3et Shabab team and their close families and friends will anchor the campaign with the initial JOD 100,000 of funds.

The campaign will be documented and financially audited to ensure transparency and accountability for all donors.

 

MASE Signs O&M Contract for MOE Solar Plants

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MASE inks O&M Contract for Ministry of Education’s two utility-scale solar PV plants

  • Contract awarded based on competitive bidding process
  • MASE will carry out turnkey O&M services for the two brownfield plants

Amman, Jordan – October 2019: MASE has signed a contract with Jordan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to operate, maintain and manage the Ministry’s two utility-scale solar PV plants located in Ma’an and Mafraq, each with an installed capacity of 1,000 kW (1 MW).  The plants were developed by the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC) on behalf of the MOE in 2016 and their output is utilized to offset the electricity consumption for a number of schools and MOE offices across Jordan.

The contract was awarded to MASE on the basis of a competitive public tendering process managed by the MOE. As part of the tender evaluation, MASE received the highest technical marks and submitted the most competitive commercial proposal.

MASE’s Commercial O&M Team has been entrusted with managing the plants and will carry out a turnkey scope comprising performance engineering, preventive, corrective and conditional maintenance, in addition to emergency response and corrective maintenance.

 

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About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE operates, maintains and manages commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants with a combined capacity exceeding 100 MWp of operating assets under management.  Our dedication is to long-term performance and our award-winning operations and maintenance value proposition comprises a turn-key scope covering preventive and corrective maintenance, performance engineering and rehabilitation.

In June 2019, we received the ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award for the MENA region from International Finance Magazine, a leading UK-based industry publication.

MASE Team Member Research Paper Published in Science Direct

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Science Direct publishes research article co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud

The Internet – July 2019: Science Direct, a leading publisher of scientific and research content, has published a research paper titled ‘Comparative CFD analysis of thermal energy storage materials in photovoltaic/thermal panels’.  The article was co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud (Design & Analysis Engineer) who conducted research and developed findings during her time completing her Master’s of Science degree in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from University of Surrey in 2018.

At MASE, Aya is responsible for designing commercial and industrial solar PV systems and analyzing the performance of operational solar PV assets as part of the Company’s operations and maintenance value proposition.

The research article is organized into four main sections.  The authors use a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation to compare the performance of desert sand to that of well-established phase-change materials used in photovoltaic/thermal systems. The simulation gives as a result the temperature profiles within the device as well as the time evolution of the charge/discharge cycles when using PCMs. The results show the suitability of desert sand as a thermal storage material to be used in photovoltaic/thermal systems.

The research article can be accessed through the following link.

 

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MASE to Speak at RES4MED B2G Conference

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MASE will speak at the Business-to-Government High Level Workshop organized by RES4MED&Africa

Amman, Jordan – March 2019: MASE will be speaking at the high-level business-to-government workshop organized by Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean and Africa (RES4MED&Africa), a regional platform for public-private sector dialogue with a core focus on addressing renewable energy issues across the Middle East and Africa regions.

MASE will be represented by its Managing Director Tareq Khalifeh, who will address a panel of private and public sector speakers.  The focus of the discussions will be on long-term energy strategies as mechanisms to exploiting new business models for an effective integration of renewable energy systems.

The workshop, which will see the participation of Jordan’s Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources and Minister of Water and Irrigation, is expected to avail a platform of open dialogue between key private sector players and high-level public sector decision makers.

 

About the Workshop

RES4Med&Africa is organizing a high-level Business-to-Government (B2G) workshop focused on the long-term energy strategies and the grid solutions for integrating the renewable energy systems, attracting investments and exploiting the socio-economic benefits of renewables in Jordan.

RES4Med&Africa, with over 7 years of experience in leading policy dialogue, technical support and capacity building activities, is among the only associations active in promoting the uptake of RE investments in Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan African countries and counts on a strong track record in high-level training and Executive Seminars.

MASE in Solar Power MENA Map 2019

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MASE’s Tareq Khalifeh among the MENA region’s most influential solar business leaders

17 January 2019: MASE’s Managing Director, Tareq Khalifeh, has been recognized as one of the Middle East and North Africa region’s most influential solar business leaders. Tareq was featured alongside a number of regional business executives in Solar Quarter’s Solar Power MENA Map 2019, a leading regional publication focused on the solar energy market.

Tareq, who co-founded MASE and serves as its Managing Director, is responsible for spearheading the company’s operations and growth. He has been previously awarded the Gold Solar Pioneers award by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) presented at Intersolar Middle East 2016 Global Solar Leaders’ Summit in recognition of his achievements.

The feature by Solar Quarter further reiterates MASE’s position as one of the region’s leading solar energy companies.

 

About Solar Quarter

Solar Quarter is Asia’s leading knowledge and media service providers in the solar energy sector. Solar Quarter create and deliver highly specialized information through digital portals, print publishing, corporate training and business conferences providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations globally. Solar Quarter’s print and digital versions have a reach to more than 500,000 professionals from across the globe.

Project Update: Mechanical Works on Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Works ongoing at Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project, approaching Mechanical Completion

Al Safawi, Jordan – November 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are approaching Mechanical Completion with significant progress in the installation of tracking structure, PV modules and electrical infrastructure.  Works on the Project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan, commenced early this year with commercial operation scheduled by Q1 2019.

The Project comprises 66.69 MWp of solar PV capacity.  Major equipment include cutting-edge frameless PV modules and high-reliability inverters, most of which have arrived on site and are currently being installed and commissioned.

The Project continues to have a significant footprint on the surrounding region, employing over 70 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.

 

About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66.69 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

MASE Signs Solar Rooftop Contract for 4 Schools

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MASE signs contract with RSS to construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar plants four public schools, funded by JREEEF

Amman, Jordan – October 2018: MASE has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar PV plants on four public schools located across Jordan. The project is funded by the Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) in collaboration with Mercy Corps and is part of the second phase of the joint Schools Heating Initiative. The contract has been awarded as a result of a public bidding process in which MASE achieved the highest cumulative marks during evaluation. The project will be implemented with consultation from the National Energy Research Center / Royal Scientific Society (NERC/RSSand logistical coordination with the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The Project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of rooftop solar PV systems with a cumulative capacity of over 80 kWp.  Upon commissioning, MASE will operate, maintain and manage the assets and will guarantee their performance.

Works on the Project have commenced and are expected to be completed in under two months.

 

About MASE

MASE is an award-winning solar energy integrator, operator and asset manager with over 100 MWp of operating or underway solar assets under care.

About JREEEF

The Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) is a government institution aimed at promoting the implementation or renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Jordan.  The Fund raises capital from donor agencies to fund and accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by providing long-term loans, grants and funding implementation programs.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.

About NERC/RSS

The National Energy Research Center (NERC) is one of the specialized technical centers of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). It was established for the purposes of research, development and training in the fields of new and renewable energy and raising the standards of energy use in the different sectors.

Project Update: Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Construction works on Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project on track for commissioning during Q1 2019

Al Safawi, Jordan – August 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are on track for commissioning during the first half of 2019.  Construction on the project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan began early this year immediately after achieving the Financial Close milestone.

As of the time of this update’s release, most of the major project equipment has arrived on site.  Installation of the single-axis tracking support structure has also begun with significant progress.

The Project is considered one of the highest-profile investments in the Al Safawi region.  The project Sponsor, Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, has placed a particular importance on the social and economical impact of the Project during construction, resulting in the training and subsequent employment of over 50 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.

 

About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

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