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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

Dewa, Masdar seek to share expertise in clean and renewable energy

Posted on 10/04/2012

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has compared notes with the Abu Dhabi champions of renewable energy, Masdar Institute, where the latter showed them how saving 15,000 tonnes of carbon equals to taking 3,300 cars off Abu Dhabi's roads each year. Dewa's delegation was from the Strategy and Business Development Division and was led by the Vice President of New Business Development, Fatima Al Shamsi. "We wanted to create closer ties and share expertise between the two ...  >>MORE

Master plan to combat threat of water shortages in Abu Dhabi developed by EAD

Posted on 04/04/2012

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) said it had developed a strategic plan for the management of the Emirate's water resources to combat the threat of severe shortages in future, delegates at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum in Dubai were told yesterday. The master plan calls for the adoption of stringent eco-friendly measures to increase water production in Abu Dhabi and urges government implementation of water policies to reduce wastage, according to EAD's press release. EAD's Water ...  >>MORE

Palm Utilities closes 1.14b club deal for its District Cooling business

Posted on 26/03/2012

Palm Utilities, a Dubai World Company, has announced the closure of a Dh1.14 billion club deal for its District Cooling business. The financing facility, comprising two tranches - conventional and Islamic - has a 7-year tenor and will be used to refinance an existing facility. The new financing facility has been funded and closed, with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD being the Lead Arrangers for the conventional tranche, and Emirates Islamic Bank being the Lead Arranger for the ...  >>MORE

Fluorescent bulbs: Lighting up a greener future in UAE

Posted on 22/03/2012

Light bulbs that are not energy efficient will be banned across the country from mid-2013 as the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) expands its range of efficiency standards to cover more electrical equipment and appliances. The move will also affect washing machines and refrigerators. The new standards will require all light bulbs sold and used in the country to be eco-friendly as per the rating system, which will be announced early next year. Only the likes ...  >>MORE

Dewa honoured with Sustainability Award at Globe 2012 in Vancouver

Posted on 21/03/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has been honoured with the Sustainability Award at Globe 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, which was held from March 14-16. This event was organised by the Globe Foundation. Dewa received this award for its leading role in promoting sustainable living through electricity and water conservation and its relentless efforts to strengthen and achieve the Government of Dubai's strategy: to promote sustainable development and Dubai's high-ranking status as a ...  >>MORE

Dubai has 30% surplus energy

Posted on 14/03/2012

Dubai has an energy surplus of 30 per cent, according to the president of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa). Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of Dewa, told media at the opening of the 14th Water, Energy and Environment Exhibition 2012 (Wetex) that Dewa's financial situation is healthy and there is no plan for the UAE to issue bonds. Sheikh Hamdan said Dewa is working hard to reliably and efficiently meet ...  >>MORE

Environment and Water Ministry bans export of bottled water outside UAE

Posted on 11/03/2012

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water issued yesterday a resolution on banning the export of bottled water produced from groundwater to any destination outside the country. This is based on the decision of the Ministerial Council for Services for the year 2012 regarding the recommendations of the Federal National Council on "Water Resources and Bottled Water". The decision aims at promoting water security in the country and the protection of groundwater resources ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches Dh250m main substation at Industrial Area 4

Posted on 05/03/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is continuing its efforts to raise and upgrade the power capacity of its infrastructure to keep pace with the growth of demand for its services, and to meet its aspirations to optimise these services to achieve efficiency, reliability and availability. As part of its ongoing efforts, DEWA is upgrading its 132kV power transmission grid with the opening of a 132/11kV main substation with a 150 MVA (Megavolt Per Ampere) capacity at the Factories Area ...  >>MORE

Taqa blames 'external factors' for 26% slump in net profit

Posted on 15/02/2012

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) said Tuesday its provisional net profit declined 26 per cent on year in 2011 to Dh752 million. "The decline in total assets and net profit was partially due to a one-off impairment charge at Taqa North, following the annual revaluation of Taqa's portfolio," the company said in a statement. In addition, profits were affected by additional taxes on UK oil and gas producing companies which came into effect last March 24. Income tax expense for the ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches Dh265 million main Substation project at Al Lusaily

Posted on 15/02/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) continues its development projects to raise and upgrade power capacity of its infrastructure; to keep pace with the growth of demand for its services and meet its aspirations to optimise these services to achieve efficiency and reliability. As part of its continuous efforts, DEWA is maintaining its development of its 132kV power transmission grid. It launched a 132/33kV main substation with a transformation capacity of 150 Megavolt Amperes (MVA) at ...  >>MORE

UAE bans export of its groundwater

Posted on 13/02/2012

The Ministerial Council for Services approved yesterday a proposal to ban the export of UAE's groundwater to any destination outside the country. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Ministerial Council for Services under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Ministerial Council for Services was acting upon the recommendation from the Federal National Council, the country's parliamentary body, in this ...  >>MORE

Dubai commissions two new power stations

Posted on 07/02/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the commissioning of two new power stations with a capacity of 132/400 kV in Aweer and Maydan areas respectively. The power stations, which were launched last month, were constructed at a total cost of AED 883 million. DEWA continues its development projects and modernisation of the infrastructure in line with the strategic plan of the emirate. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE is ideally positioned to capitalise on next generation smart power applications: Energy expert

Posted on 29/01/2012

Integrating renewable energy generation into UAE power grids is more achievable and realistic than in other countries in Europe, an industry expert has said. Bruce Smith, Business Advisor for the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), said that the abundance of renewable energy sources, particularly solar, in the UAE compared to unpredictable sources in Europe, means the country is ideally positioned to capitalise on next generation smart power applications. "Addressing the ...  >>MORE

FEWA introduces mobile power generators

Posted on 25/01/2012

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has introduced into service for the first time, 1000KVA mobile power generators for use in emergency situations and during periods of long interruptions caused by maintenance. Technical Advisor FEWA Engineer Jasim Imran said that the generators are equipped with flexible cables that can be attached directly to distribution boxes without loss of time. This may be useful in times of emergency power cuts, interruption of the power supply due to ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed launches "International Water Summit"

Posted on 19/01/2012

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has launched the International Water Summit to be held alongside the World Future Energy Summit in January 2013. UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and Dr. Glen Daigger, President of the International Water Association (IWA) held a press conference at the World Future Energy Summit ...  >>MORE

Climate change poses more pressure on resources, says Environment and Water Minister

Posted on 19/01/2012

Environment and Water Minister Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, said the continuous decline and increasing pressure on water remain a source of concern at various levels due to its close association with various aspects of life and development. Addressing the inauguration of the 13th Water and Energy Technology '&' Environment Exhibition 2011 (Wetex), he added that the pressure on meagre water resources in the UAE over the last year had created imbalance in supply and demand for water despite all ...  >>MORE

DEWA records 18.4% increase in installed capacity power and 21.2% increase in water desalination plant installed capacity

Posted on 16/01/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has recorded an increase of 8,718 Megawatts (MW) in installed capacity for 2011 in comparison with 7,361 MW in 2010, with desalinated water production capacity increasing in 2011 to 400 million gallons per day (MIGD) in comparison with 330 MIGD in 2010. "DEWA's recent achievements accord with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote Dubai's ...  >>MORE

DEWA starts new water Dh96mn pipeline

Posted on 09/01/2012

In line with its strategic plan to develop water networks for Dubai, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has started a project to supply, extend, test and commission a new main water pipeline, made of reinforced fibreglass. This 900mm and 1200mm pipeline will be 17 km long. "This project is in line with the vision of the Emirate of Dubai to deliver world-class electricity and water services, and promote its leading position as a hub for finance, business, trade and tourism. Also, it ...  >>MORE

UAE to chair discussion circle at water conference in France

Posted on 26/12/2011

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has received an invitation from France to attend the 6thWorld Water Forum in Marseille from 12 to 17 March 2012 and chair a roundtable meeting. The invitation was delivered to the minister by the French Ambassador to the UAE, Alain Azouaou, at an audience yesterday. The meeting discussed ways of enhancing joint cooperation in the fields of environment and water. As he welcomed the invitation, Dr. Fahad asserted that water ...  >>MORE

Hassyan power bids shortlisted

Posted on 15/12/2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said on Tuesday it would announce the winning bid for its first private power plant project in February next year. Dewa said it has received four bids from international consortia to construct the Hassyan 1 Power Project with the capacity of 1600 megawatts. The first consortium is led by Abu Dhabi's Taqa, Marubeni Corporation, SK E'&'S Co. Ltd while the second is led by GS Engineering and Construction Corp. The International Company for Power and ...  >>MORE

Rolls Royce opens regional office in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/12/2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, on Monday opened a new office in Abu Dhabi to further enhance its growing activities in the Emirate and the wider region. The office, located in the new "HQ" building, developed by Aldar Properties, will become home to all Rolls-Royce employees in Abu Dhabi. Rob Watson, Rolls-Royce, regional director - Middle East, said, "This is an exciting time and an important milestone in the continuing development of our business in the UAE. "Rolls-Royce ...  >>MORE

Taqa front-runner for Dubai plant

Posted on 13/12/2011

Dubai could look to the capital to deliver its first privately financed power plant after the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) submitted the lowest bid to build the project. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) yesterday received bids from 13 companies, allied in four consortiums, for the construction and running of the Hassyan independent power project (IPP). Taqa, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea), teamed up with Japan's Marubeni and ...  >>MORE

Nationwide project to cut power use in buildings

Posted on 07/12/2011

Etisalat in partnership with a private IT solution company on Tuesday launched a pilot project connecting all buildings in the country through a technology that will reduce carbon footprint by up to 30 per cent. The project called Emirates Energy Star with a revolving budget of Dh300 million was jointly launched by etisalat and Pacific Controls in the Capital, with the support and patronage of the Ministry of Environment and Water. "The UAE has a significant carbon footprint due to unabated ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to send more power north

Posted on 17/11/2011

Abu Dhabi is cementing its position as the nation's largest power supplier, with exports of electricity to the Northern Emirates expected to surpass that region's production within two years, says a top official. The emirate pledged this year to increase the supply of energy to the north of the country. In March, the UAE federal Government announced it would commit US$1.6 billion (Dh5.87bn) to expand infrastructure in the north, with the bulk of spending going on improving electricity ...  >>MORE

Empower urges UAE district cooling companies for merge to increase production

Posted on 17/11/2011

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has said that district cooling companies should follow the trend of merger and acquisitions popular among UAE banks, in order to benefit from consolidation and economies of scale. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said the strategic step will lead to cost savings, maximisation of branch network performance as well as realise profit efficiency in the long run for banks, while for the industry as a whole it means enhancing UAE's position as ...  >>MORE

TAQA reports net profit of Dhs537million in Q3

Posted on 16/11/2011

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. or Taqa generated during third quarter of 2011 total revenues of Dh6.2 billion, resulting in EBITDA of Dh3.7 billion and Net Profit after Minority Interests of Dh537 million - more than double the profit for the same period last year. This strong performance was the impact of positive oil prices, plus the net impact of TAQA's expanded Power '&' Water operations, and a small increase in global oil and gas production led by TAQA's UK North Sea operations. Abdulla ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to construct 1,500MW power plant

Posted on 17/10/2011

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) will announce plans later this year to build a 1,500-megawatt power plant, the agency's director general said yesterday. The facility will also produce 100 million gallons of water, Abdullah Saif Al Nuaimi told Bloomberg during an interview in Abu Dhabi. Electricity demand in Abu Dhabi is growing at 12 per cent a year, while water use is likely rise at an annual rate of 5 per cent, he said earlier at an industry conference. Adwea's ...  >>MORE

Power + Water Middle East to open as plans for 44 new power and water projects in GCC are well underway

Posted on 16/10/2011

The Power + Water Middle East exhibition and Leaders' Forum to open by Abdulla Saif Al-Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), as latest research reveals there are 44 power and water projects in the GCC valued at US$31.9bn already underway or due to begin in 2012. The UAE leads the way with 11 projects valued at US$10bn, including the US$800m Hassyan 1 Independent Power Plant, on which construction is slated to begin in 2012. Saudi Arabia also has 11 ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches Power Factor campaign targeting Commercial and Industrial sectors

Posted on 13/09/2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has launched for the first time, a campaign to reach out to commercial and industrial customers on the issue of Power Factor aimed at reducing the carbon footprint. Power Factor (PF) is the ratio of active power (kW), and apparent power (kVA), which when calculated, provides the Power Factor, a parameter of 0 to 1. When the Power Factor is near to the one, the reduction in the electricity consumption is at its highest, and when less than one, ...  >>MORE

DEWA wins 'Investors in People' Award - Gold Category

Posted on 08/09/2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) won "Investors in People" Award - Gold Category after having successfully passed the evaluation process conducted by the Awards Evaluation Committee in the UK during June 2011. DEWA has been selected among six winners from outside the UK, and the first in the Middle East. This Award is regarded as an international criterion, which relies on determining the level of distinguished participation of training and development through human resources ...  >>MORE

Deloitte: Per capita electricity consumption in the GCC to increase at an annual rate of 2.5% during the period 2007-2035

Posted on 08/09/2011

Per capita electricity consumption during the period 2007-2035 in the GCC is likely to increase at an annual rate of 2.5%. As a result, GCC residents may well emerge soon as world leaders in per capita residential electricity consumption, according to a Deloitte white paper on Energy '&' Resources in the Middle East entitled "Energy on Demand: The Future of GCC Energy Efficiency", the fourth in a series of 'Managing Scarcity for the Future' monthly white papers. A large part of this increase ...  >>MORE

No rise in Dubai's water, power rates for the near future

Posted on 15/08/2011

Dubai will not raise water and electricity tariffs in the next few years, the emirate's top energy council said on Sunday. The UAE, which has 7 per cent of the world's known oil reserves, is one of the highest per capita consumers of water and electricity in the world. "There will be no increase in the tariff of electricity and water consumption during the few coming years in Dubai," Nejib Al Zaafrani, Secretary General and Chief Executive of Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) said in ...  >>MORE

Empower's district cooling consumption rise 13.6% in July

Posted on 11/08/2011

Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the MENA region, has said that consumption of district cooling provided by the company rose by 13.6 percent in July 2011, compared to same period last year. The increase is due to the higher occupancy in areas like Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), Al Khail Gate, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Business Bay Executive Towers (BBET), accoding to Ahmad Bin ...  >>MORE

Taqa's Netherlands gas storage project runs into delays

Posted on 10/08/2011

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) Tuesday said the Bergermeer gas storage project in the Netherlands will not be completed in 2014 as planned, after a Dutch court ordered work to be suspended. The top court in the Netherlands on Monday ordered the suspension of construction work at the project, citing opposition from environmentalists and local residents. Bergermeer was intended to store up to 4.1 billion cubic metres of gas once completed. "It is still too early to say, but based on ...  >>MORE

Roads and Transport Authority embarks on energy-saving measures in street lighting systems

Posted on 09/08/2011

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has given the green light to its Energy Saving Team, comprising experts and specialist engineers from various affiliated sectors and agencies, to start as of 1st August 2011 the implementation of a well-rehearsed plan to save power consumption of street lighting systems at residential areas in Dubai, and in the meantime ensure the smooth traffic flow as well as the safety and security of road users in the area. "Lighting poles located in the medians of ...  >>MORE

UAE power generation may grow 40%

Posted on 24/07/2011

The UAE is expected to post a nearly 40 per cent growth in electricity generation by 2020 to match the growing demand in the country, according to a report. The country will account for 7.33 per cent of Middle East and Africa (MEA) power generation by 2015, with a broadly balanced market after system losses etc, according to the new UAE Power Report from BMI. "Between 2011 and 2020 BMI forecast an increase in UAE electricity generation of 39.6 per cent, near the bottom of the range for the ...  >>MORE

Ras al Khaimah will get smart power grid

Posted on 17/07/2011

Lausanne, Switzerland - It is a high-wire balancing act. To modulate the flow of energy generated by a combination of solar farms, wind turbines and power plants to match a community's demand, you need to assess economic and environmental benefits on the world's most slippery abacus, power grids that have become more complex and less predictable. At the moment, the companies that run power systems rely mainly on algorithms to work out how to route power. But responding to a wide array of ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches a main substation at Hatta at a cost up to Dh140 m

Posted on 14/07/2011

As part of its relentless pursuit, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched a 132 KV main substation with a transformation capacity of 150 Megavolt Ampere at Hatta during the second quarter of this year. The cost of this Substation is around Dh140 million. The new Substation will support power transmission grid with 11/132 KV so as to secure the ever-growing demand for electricity for different purposes. DEWA has extended ground cables with capacity of 132 KV at the length of ...  >>MORE

Dubai campaign to save water and electricity

Posted on 03/07/2011

Residents have been urged to stop or minimise the use of home appliances to help save electricity and water during peak hours in July and August. A campaign named ‘Peak Load' is being launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) from Friday to educate the public on the importance of conserving electricity and water. "We urge people not to use washing machines, electric ovens, dishwashers, irons, water heaters for at least five hours during ‘peak load' time from noon to 5pm ...  >>MORE

ADWEA commissions 16MW power plant in Seychelles

Posted on 22/06/2011

16-MW power generation plant was opened yesterday in Seychelles by Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Water '&' Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Donated by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the Dh52 million two 8 MW generator sets were built in line with the directives of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide reliable and affordable electricity supply to the people of Seychelles. The generated electricity will help meet the rising energy demand in ...  >>MORE

Jafza records approx Dh3.8 million in annual electricity savings in key areas

Posted on 07/06/2011

Jafza, the flagship entity of Economic Zones World (EZW), announced on the occasion of World Environment Day that it has been steadily energising its green efforts and actively managing utility usage to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The Free Zone has managed to save 4700KWH of electricity and Dh3.8 million in one year by curbing electricity consumption in buildings 14, 15, and 16. As part of World Environment Day celebrations and its overall strategy to contribute to long-term ...  >>MORE

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Dewa, Masdar seek to share expertise in clean and renewable energy


Master plan to combat threat of water shortages in Abu Dhabi developed by EAD


Palm Utilities closes 1.14b club deal for its District Cooling business


Fluorescent bulbs: Lighting up a greener future in UAE


Dewa honoured with Sustainability Award at Globe 2012 in Vancouver


Dubai has 30% surplus energy


Environment and Water Ministry bans export of bottled water outside UAE


DEWA launches Dh250m main substation at Industrial Area 4


Taqa blames 'external factors' for 26% slump in net profit


DEWA launches Dh265 million main Substation project at Al Lusaily


UAE bans export of its groundwater


Dubai commissions two new power stations


UAE is ideally positioned to capitalise on next generation smart power applications: Energy expert


FEWA introduces mobile power generators


Mohammed bin Zayed launches "International Water Summit"


Climate change poses more pressure on resources, says Environment and Water Minister


DEWA records 18.4% increase in installed capacity power and 21.2% increase in water desalination plant installed capacity


DEWA starts new water Dh96mn pipeline


UAE to chair discussion circle at water conference in France


Hassyan power bids shortlisted


Rolls Royce opens regional office in Abu Dhabi


Taqa front-runner for Dubai plant


Nationwide project to cut power use in buildings


Abu Dhabi to send more power north


Empower urges UAE district cooling companies for merge to increase production


TAQA reports net profit of Dhs537million in Q3


Abu Dhabi to construct 1,500MW power plant


Power + Water Middle East to open as plans for 44 new power and water projects in GCC are well underway


DEWA launches Power Factor campaign targeting Commercial and Industrial sectors


DEWA wins 'Investors in People' Award - Gold Category


Deloitte: Per capita electricity consumption in the GCC to increase at an annual rate of 2.5% during the period 2007-2035


No rise in Dubai's water, power rates for the near future


Empower's district cooling consumption rise 13.6% in July


Taqa's Netherlands gas storage project runs into delays


Roads and Transport Authority embarks on energy-saving measures in street lighting systems


UAE power generation may grow 40%


Ras al Khaimah will get smart power grid


DEWA launches a main substation at Hatta at a cost up to Dh140 m


Dubai campaign to save water and electricity


ADWEA commissions 16MW power plant in Seychelles


Jafza records approx Dh3.8 million in annual electricity savings in key areas