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Emirati cadres run Taweelah A2 for full day

posted on 24/07/2016: 1815 views

Taweelah A2, the first independently owned and operated power and water company in the UAE, has achieved a significant milestone in its operating life when the UAE national cadres undertook all operations, maintenance and support functions without the support from expatriate staff for 24 hours.

On 21st July the plant made history by becoming the first Independent Water & Power Producer (IWPP) in Abu Dhabi to run with UAE National staff only for a full 24 hours. Working two separate shifts from 10:00pm 20th July until 10:00pm 21st July a team of 30 Emiratis ensured the lights remained on and there was water to drink in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Faris Obied Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Board Committee, had stated in his speech to the participant employees that "we have achieved today a huge accomplishment not only for the sake of the company but for the sake of the whole Emirate of Abu Dhabi".

He pointed out that the production and the sustainability of power and water comes within the strategic priorities. Al Dhaheri explained that the process of Emiratisation of critical functions at ADWEA and its partners and all IWPPs "is considered as an essential goal; while Emirates CMS Power Company had taken an important step to achieve this goal, and we congratulate them on their achievement."

Al Daheri added, "The achievements and success attained by ADWEA and its partners wouldn't have been possible without the interest and involvement of our prudent leadership.”

He congratulated and thanked the administration and employees of Emirates CMS Power Company for their achievements and the integrity of everyone who was involved in attaining this honourable success. "This achievement has also highlighted the capabilities and commitment of national manpower in running and maintaining the power plant and for handling the responsibilities despite the summer high temperatures.

HR at the site is managed by Mr Suhail Al Meqbaali who is responsible for recruitment and staff welfare. He explained how the training program for staff works with employees in technical roles having to pass internal training exams within the company to become competent to operate or maintain equipment. "At each stage of training, staff will be interviewed by a board of examiners who will confirm the trainees knowledge and competence, this together with external training courses and selection of staff with excellent academic qualifications ensures staff are completely capable of operating or maintaining the plant. The achievement of training our staff and developing them towards independent plant operation was from Hareesh Nambiar the Plant General Manager.

Operations Manager, Eng. Mohammed Karam, confirmed that all staff had been looking forward to this day for some time. "We were well trained, knew our responsibilities and knew we could deal with any situation the plant could throw at us. We have been working towards this day for some time and understood its importance for our country and industry".

Khalid Al Hosani, the Maintenance Manager at the Taweelah A2 plant, explained that, "the plant was supported by UAE engineers and technicians over the 24 hour period, specialising in Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation engineering. With hundreds of items of equipment including pumps, motors, valves, control systems, etc. there are many things that can break-down due to normal wear and tear. But we had well trained and competent maintenance staff available to deal with any problem."

Engineering Manager, Sabri Al Jaberi is responsible for long term maintenance planning at the site and delivery of external resources such as cranes, spare parts and specialist tools. "We treated this as just another normal working day" said Al Jaberi. "We have been doing the same work for a long time now and much of what we do has become normal routine for us. "We felt confident in running and maintaining the plant without expatriate support."

Shift Manager, Eng. Ali Al Besher, who took charge of dayshift running explained, "this is a large plant consisting of three gas turbines, two steam turbines and four desalination units. I was proud to take full responsibility for the plant over my 12 hour shift".

Emirates CMS Power Company value is around AED 1.5 billion. It employs around 100 staff at its location in Al Taweelah, around 45% of those staff are UAE nationals who have been working at the plant for a number of years.

The output of the plant, around 710MW of electricity and 50 million gallons of drinking water each day, represents around 5% and 6% respectively of power and water supply for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Company is a member of the ADWEA group of companies and is jointly owned by ADWEA and Marubeni Corporation; a Japanese energy company. The staff who ran the plant on the 21st July were pleased to celebrate with a cake cutting and presentation of commemorative items from the Board of Directors. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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