Aisha Al-Mansoori becomes first female Emirati captain at a commercial airline

Aisha Al-Mansoori becomes first female Emirati captain at a commercial airline
Al-Mansoori has risen through the ranks, earning the necessary flying hours to become a senior first officer. (Etihad)
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Updated 25 August 2022

Aisha Al-Mansoori becomes first female Emirati captain at a commercial airline

Aisha Al-Mansoori becomes first female Emirati captain at a commercial airline
  • The 33-year-old joined Etihad’s pilot program in 2007, one of only two female UAE nationals in her class

ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways celebrated this week Cpt. Aisha Al-Mansoori, who has become the UAE’s first female captain at a commercial airline.

It is a significant milestone in Etihad’s efforts to expand the roles of women in aviation, particularly among pilots. 

The ceremony was held at Etihad’s Crew Briefing Center in the presence of the pilot’s family, her peers in the Etihad pilot community, and senior management from the airline.

Al-Mansoori joined Etihad’s Cadet Pilot Program in October 2007, one of only two female UAE nationals in her class. She graduated from the program in 2010 and took her first flight on an Airbus A320 to Amman, Jordan.

Since then, Al-Mansoori has risen through the ranks, earning the necessary flying hours to become a senior first officer, and becoming the first female UAE national to fly the Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger plane.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to join Etihad’s Cadet Pilot Program and grow my career over the years with Etihad,” Al-Mansoori said

“I am proud to be the first female Emirati to be a captain in a commercial airline, and I hope I will be an inspiration to young women to follow this career path,” she added.

“Etihad is extremely proud of Captain Aisha’s achievement and the trailblazing role she is playing for women in aviation in the UAE. She will no doubt be the first of many, and Etihad looks forward to welcoming more female pilots to the rank of captain in the future,” Etihad Aviation Group CEO Mohammad Al-Bulooki said.

“Etihad remains committed to ‘Emiratization’ and to elevating Emirati women to play their part in the growth of the aviation industry,” he continued.

"Aviation is gender blind, and to prove oneself, Etihad’s pilots undergo intensive exams and meet strict requirements on flying hours to ensure the highest standards of training in international aviation are upheld.

“Aisha earned her rank and will no doubt inspire her fellow Emiratis and young women around the world to follow their dreams in aviation.”

Al-Mansoori will commence regular flying duties as a captain at Etihad on Wednesday, which also marks Emirati Women’s Day.


ADNOC, TAQA close $3.8bn deal for clean energy, decarbonization

ADNOC, TAQA close $3.8bn deal for clean energy,  decarbonization
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ADNOC, TAQA close $3.8bn deal for clean energy, decarbonization

ADNOC, TAQA close $3.8bn deal for clean energy,  decarbonization

RIYADH: Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., and Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., known as TAQA, have finalized a deal for the construction of a $3.8-billion strategic project to power and decarbonize ADNOC’s offshore production operations.

According to a statement, a consortium comprising Korea Electric Power,  Kyushu Electric Power Co., and Électricité de France will build, own, operate and transfer its high-voltage direct current sub-sea transmission network in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The statement noted that the KEPCO-led consortium holds a 40 percent stake in the project under a build, own, operate and transfer basis, while ADNOC and TAQA own stakes amounting to 30 percent each. 

According to the statement, the full project will be returned to ADNOC after 35 years of operation. 

The transmission system will have a total installed capacity of 3.2 GW and will comprise two independent subsea HVDC links and converter stations, the statement added. 

The construction of this project is expected to start this year, and commercial operation is expected to commence in 2025. 

“ADNOC has once again demonstrated its ability to successfully structure and close a bold and progressive transaction that will help secure our low-carbon future as we intensify our efforts to decarbonize our operations,” said Sultan Al-Jaber, UAE minister of industry and advanced technology and managing director and group CEO of ADNOC. 

He added: “As the responsible provider of reliable and low-carbon energy, ADNOC will continue to work with our partners to advance practical and commercially viable solutions as the energy transition partner of choice.” 

According to the statement, the development is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of ADNOC’s offshore operations by more than 30 percent. 

The project will replace ADNOC’s existing offshore gas turbine generators with more sustainable power sources available on the Abu Dhabi onshore power network, operated by TAQA’s wholly owned subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Co. 

Mohamed Alsuwaidi, chairman of Taqa, said: “Reaching financial close is an important milestone for this distinctive project, which will see TAQA providing ADNOC offshore facilities with low-carbon energy securely and efficiently through TRANSCO’s power network system.” 

“TAQA continues to showcase how its expertise can be utilized to decarbonize industry through strategic partnerships and bringing value to its stakeholders,” he added. 


Germany seeks to deepen energy ties with Saudi Arabia

Germany seeks to deepen energy ties with Saudi Arabia
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Germany seeks to deepen energy ties with Saudi Arabia

Germany seeks to deepen energy ties with Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday after a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he wants to deepen the energy partnership between the two countries.

Speaking to reporters, Scholz said that the partnership should go beyond fossil fuels to include hydrogen and renewable energies.

Germany, until recently heavily dependent on Russia for gas, has been seeking to diversify its energy supply since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Scholz, on a two-day trip to the Gulf, said he also addressed issues involving human and civil rights in talks with the prince.

 


Cement producer Qassim signs MoU to acquire Hail Cement

Cement producer Qassim signs MoU to acquire Hail Cement
Updated 25 September 2022

Cement producer Qassim signs MoU to acquire Hail Cement

Cement producer Qassim signs MoU to acquire Hail Cement

RIYADH: Qassim Cement Co. has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Hail Cement Co. regarding a securities exchange transaction, in which the former will acquire all of Hail’s issued shares.

Both parties will therefore proceed with due diligence in connection with the proposed transaction, according to a bourse filing.

Upon completion of the relevant financial evaluation and after consideration of the due diligence, Qassim and Hail will begin discussions on a non-binding exchange ratio.

Hail’s shareholders will receive 0.1933 newly issued shares in Qassim for each share they own in Hail.


TotalEnergies signs $1.5bn deal with QatarEnergy to increase LNG production 

TotalEnergies signs $1.5bn deal with QatarEnergy to increase LNG production 
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TotalEnergies signs $1.5bn deal with QatarEnergy to increase LNG production 

TotalEnergies signs $1.5bn deal with QatarEnergy to increase LNG production 

RIYADH: France’s TotalEnergies on Saturday signed a new $1.5 billion deal with QatarEnergy to help expand the country’s natural gas production as Europe scrambles to find new energy sources to replace Russian supplies. 

The partnership deal was signed by QatarEnergy CEO and the country’s Minister of Energy Saad Al-Kaabi and Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies. 

Al-Kabbi said that TotalEnergies would have a 9.375 percent stake out of a 25 percent stake in the North Field South project dedicated to international partners. 

QatarEnergy will hold 75 percent of NFS.

“We are not overexposed to Qatar. We are happy to invest in new licenses here. Because we cannot invest in Russia, there is logic to continue investing in Qatar,” said Pouyanné. 

He added: “If Qatar had offered more investment, then we would have invested more in Qatar.” 

The new deal comes at a time when European nations are diversifying their energy imports away from Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. 

The North Field expansion projects comprise two parts; the North Field East or NFE project and the North Field South project. 

The NFE project is expected to increase Qatar’s liquified natural gas production capacity from 77 to 110 million tons per annum, while the NFS project will elevate the country’s LNG production capacity from 110 to 126 million tons per annum. 

Earlier, in June and July, QatarEnergy and TotalEnergies signed five separate partnership agreements in the NFE project worth around $29 billion. 

Britain’s Shell, Italy’s ENI and US giants ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil have already signed up to be part of the North Field East project.

“We are in active discussions with the majority of buyers around the world and some are advancing more than others,” added Al-Kabbi. 

Qatar is one of the world’s top LNG exporters, alongside the US and Australia, and the country is aiming to increase its gas production by more than 60 percent by 2027. 

QatarEnergy estimates that the North Field holds about 10 percent of the world’s known natural gas reserves. LNG from the North Field is expected to start coming online in 2026. 

(With input from Reuters and AFP) 


Saudi Arabia launches 5 renewable projects to produce 3,300 MW energy

Saudi Arabia launches 5 renewable projects to produce 3,300 MW energy
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Saudi Arabia launches 5 renewable projects to produce 3,300 MW energy

Saudi Arabia launches 5 renewable projects to produce 3,300 MW energy

RIYADH: Saudi Power Procurement Co. has launched five projects to produce electricity using renewable energy, with a total capacity of 3,300 megawatts, according to the Saudi Press Agency. 

The launch includes three wind energy projects and two solar projects. The wind energy projects, located in Yanbu, Al-Ghat and Waad Al Shamal have a total production capacity of 1800 MW, with 700 MW, 600MW and 500 MW distributed respectively.

The total capacity of production from the two solar energy projects amounts to 1500 MW. The projects are based in Al Hinakiyah and Tabarjal and have capacities of 1100 MW and 400 MW respectively.

The launch of the projects is part of the fourth phase of the Ministry of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Program. 

In line with Saudi Vision 2030, the program is part of the Kingdom’s aims to reach the optimal energy mix for electricity production from renewable energy sources.

In August, Saudi Arabia’s Ministries of Finance and Energy fully nationalized the Saudi Power Procurement Co. after buying up shares in one of the firm's subsidiaries.

The ministries announced the government had acquired the Saudi Electricity Company meaning Saudi Power Procurement Co. is wholly owned by the state.

This acquisition is part of the Kingdom’s plans to restructure the electricity sector and introduce financial and organizational reforms, the Ministry of Energy said in a statement. 

The Saudi Power Procurement Co. is responsible for planning and putting forward projects to generate the country’s required electric power.

It is also responsible for concluding electric power purchase and wholesale agreements, developing energy trading markets and purchasing fuel for the company, the statement added. 

Also, in August, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry signed a power purchase agreement for the 80 MW solar photovoltaic independent power producer project, according to MEED.