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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority selects world consultant for first phase of the study

Posted on 24/05/2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has finished the assessment of the bids it has received for a technical and economic study to generate power by using clean coal. The international firm M/s. McKinsey '&' Company in association with the technical consultant M/s. Black '&' Veatch, and the legal consultant M/s. Allen '&' Overy were selected as consultants. This assessment comes in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime ...  >>MORE

UAE aims to cut power consumption by 30%

Posted on 22/05/2011

The UAE is in the process of restricting the entry of inefficient air-conditioning units in the country and has begun rolling out energy efficiency labelling system for window type and split-system. Through a series of initiatives that calls for more efficient and energy-saving air conditioners, the UAE expects to cut down 30 per cent of electricity consumption or save approximately Dh250 million per year. Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) is currently conducting ...  >>MORE

Qidfa plant to be largest in UAE

Posted on 10/05/2011

The Fujairah F2 power and desalination plant will help economic and industrial development in Fujairah and the northern region, officials said following the inauguration of the $2.8 billion (Dh10.2 billion) greenfield plant. The inauguration conducted by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, was also attended by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Fujairah Crown Prince, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime ...  >>MORE

Empower unveils 2011 strategy

Posted on 10/05/2011

Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, unveiled its strategy for 2012 at the company's annual staff meeting recently, outlined by Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower. Empower has continued to increase its workforce, and at the beginning of January 2011 the number of employees rose by 34 per cent, compared to corresponding period last year. This increase was to cater to the rising demand for district cooling services in recent years. "Empower has been moving ...  >>MORE

Energy efficiency scheme launched in UAE

Posted on 24/04/2011

The UAE has launched a national energy efficiency and conservation programme to save energy and make homes more efficient. Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, and Chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, launched the programme on Saturday. He said the compulsory card for home air conditioners to make them more energy efficient would begin early 2012. The initiative aims to improve energy efficiency and conservation through the promotion ...  >>MORE

Second phase of regional power grid project launched

Posted on 21/04/2011

The second phase of a regional power grid project, which is expected to save the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states Dh18.4 billion in electricity costs, was launched in Abu Dhabi Wednesday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the second phase of the GCC Grid Interconnection Project. "The project aims to connect the electricity grids in GCC countries. This will provide a platform for energy trade ...  >>MORE

Taqa aims to secure US$1.8bn for expansion

Posted on 21/04/2011

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, also known as Taqa, plans to use high oil prices to ensure funds for a coming USUS$1.8 billion (Dh6.61bn) capital investment programme. The government-controlled company, listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange General Index, has budgeted this year for projects that include power plant expansions and the construction of a large gas storage and distribution centre. This year's investment programme is US$400 million more than last year's capital ...  >>MORE

Dubai to allow private power firms

Posted on 20/04/2011

The private sector will be allowed to invest in the Hessyan Power and Desalination Complex — the biggest project of its kind in the region, Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Supreme Council for Energy, managing director and chief executive of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), told Gulf News on the sidelines of the Dubai Global Energy Forum yesterday. "Dewa has paved the way for the private sector to enter the power generation and utility businesses through a ...  >>MORE

505 million gallon of water in 16 dams and embankments

Posted on 13/04/2011

The Ministry of Environment and Water announced that about 2, 205, 000 cubic metre of water, equivalent to 505 million gallons of water have been reported in the embankments and dams, following the rains over the last two days across the UAE. Earlier light- heavy rains lashed the country, causing water to run in different valleys across the country. According to the reports issued by the ministry 11 dams and embankments were filled with water in Eastern Region, as well as five dams in ...  >>MORE

Funds allocated for water research in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 23/03/2011

Two research projects are to be implemented in Abu Dhabi to investigate the management and estimate future changes of water resources. The projects will get Dh500,000 of funding according to Abdul Aziz Al Hajiri, chief executive of Abu Dhabi-based polymer producer Borouge. The projects were announced during the launch of "Water for the World" and "Troubled Waters" exhibitions in Abu Dhabi to mark World Water Day. Researchers will investigate sustainability of ground water in the UAE as part ...  >>MORE

Taqa rides high as soaring profit surprises market

Posted on 17/03/2011

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) said yesterday its full year net profit for the last financial year rose a whopping 460 per cent on year to Dh1.02 billion on higher oil and natural gas prices. "Total oil and gas revenues increased from Dh7.3 billion to Dh9.3 billion for the full year. This was primarily driven by an increase in realised commodity prices throughout 2010," Taqa said in a mandatory filing to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange yesterday. Taqa's shares rose 0.7 per ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s TAQA eyeing bond issue in 2012

Posted on 03/03/2011

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, majority government-owned, may tap debt markets with a bond issue next year to repay a debt maturity, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday. "There would be no bond this year but starting 2012, we could be seen going to the market,” Doug Fraser told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in the UAE capital. "We have a note coming in October 2012 for US$1.5 billion. In advance of that, we would complete a financing.” Investor demand for ...  >>MORE

Dh5.7 billion for water '&' electricity projects in northern emirates

Posted on 03/03/2011

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the investment of Dh 5.7 billion (around US$1.55 billion) in the expansion of the water and electricity supply sector in the northern emirates. The move follows the tour of the northern emirates to study the conditions and needs of UAE citizens made last month on the instructions of Sheikh Khalifa by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed ...  >>MORE

Empower records revenues of Dh477 million for 2010 fiscal year, with an impressive increase of 31%

Posted on 02/03/2011

Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has recorded revenues of Dh477 million for fiscal year ended December 2010, representing an impressive 31 increase over 2009. Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: "Empower follows an innovative business model of diversifying its client base and adopting best practices in managing our operations through 34 percent to cope with the growth in operations." At a media roundtable hosted by Empower, Bin Shafar emphasised that ...  >>MORE

UAE to invest US$74bn in energy

Posted on 20/02/2011

The UAE has overtaken Qatar to become the Middle East's second largest energy investor with its potential capital in the sector totalling around US$74 billion during 2011-2015, official figures have shown. Saudi Arabia is expected to remain the dominant investor in the oil and other energy sectors in the region as it could pump nearly US$130 billion in the same period, showed the figures by the Saudi-based Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (Apicorp), an affiliate of the 10-nation ...  >>MORE

Energy officials discuss Power Link between Dubai and Iran

Posted on 10/02/2011

Officials from Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) and Iranian Parliament's Energy Commission met on Wednesday in Dubai and held further discussions on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Iran's Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management (TAVANIR) regarding electricity linking between Iran and Dubai. The MoU signed earlier last year had called for the construction of a 180 km, 400 kV undersea power line ...  >>MORE

UAE expects 71% increase in primary energy demand

Posted on 09/02/2011

The UAE is expecting a 71 per cent increase in primary energy demand by 2019, industry sources said in Dubai on Tuesday at the opening of Middle East Electricity, the region's largest trade show for the power and energy sectors. The total spend on energy in the region is expected to be US$2.2 trillion (Dh8.09 trillion), with the UAE at the top of the list with US$926 billion. The UAE will begin the construction of its first nuclear power plant in the first quarter of next year, with ...  >>MORE

Work is in progress at high speed to complete the Substation M for power generation and water desalination

Posted on 27/01/2011

This year will witness the completion of the Substation M Project at Jebel Ali intended to add 2000 MW of electricity power and 140 million gallons of desalinated water to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's generation capacity to reach a total of 9643 MW of power and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, stated, "This substation is one of DEWA's biggest projects where its cost exceeds Dhs10bn. It is a great addition ...  >>MORE

EAD highlights pioneering solar desalination trial at WFES

Posted on 20/01/2011

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) is highlighting a pioneering experiment using cutting-edge solar technologies to desalinate water in the desert. The agency is currently testing new solar desalination techniques at 30 locations across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as part of a trial which is thought to be the largest in the world. Solar desalination is a zero-carbon process and new technological advances in solar technology are helping to overcome previous problems such as excessive ...  >>MORE

Taqa sells Caribbean power assets

Posted on 18/01/2011

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) said yesterday it has sold its stake in Marubeni Taqa Caribbean Ltd for an undisclosed sum to Japan's largest trading company Marubeni Corporation with effect from Sunday. "The decision to withdraw was taken as part of Taqa's strategy to focus [on] its power and water business development within its existing footprint, with a stronger focus in the greater Mena region," Taqa said in a mandatory filing to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), where ...  >>MORE

DEWA carries out a project to replace oil cables 132 KV at length of 60 km

Posted on 29/12/2010

Within the framework of its relentless efforts to increase the reliability and operational efficiency of its grids and in continuation of its march towards excellence and to meet its customers' needs of uninterrupted and stable services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has started to carry out a new project to replace oil cables 132 KV with other up-to-date cables of the same capacity. The new cables are characterised by their reliability and efficiency. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, ...  >>MORE

Empower settles US$50m credit facility and to refinance US$175

Posted on 15/12/2010

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the biggest district cooling provider in the Middle East, yesterday announced that it has successfully refinanced a US$175 million credit facility through a consortium of reputed international and local banks and financial institutions. This was part of an earlier facility of US$225 million, out of which Empower settled US$50 million. The company has refinanced the balance of US$175 million for a five-year tenor repayable between 2011 ...  >>MORE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority starts building Ghafat reservoirs

Posted on 13/12/2010

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is moving forward in the implementation of its vital projects, especially in the field of infrastructure. In this regard, it has initiated the implementation of the first and second phases of Al Ghafat Reservoirs, with a storage capacity of 120 million gallons of desalinated water at a cost of up to Dhs285m. This project comes in line with DEWA's strategy to secure a storage capacity for water as part of its strategic plan for raising the efficiency ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed inspects Solar-powered desalination plant

Posted on 25/11/2010

Ruler's Representative in the western region and Chairman of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid yesterday an inspection visit to one of desalination plants working on solar energy, one of the 30 projects of desalination plants the Environment Agency is implementing in the western and eastern regions. His visit to the plant, which have been constructed in the Marir region near the Qasr Al Sarab, reflected his close follow-up of the project within the ...  >>MORE

Utility bills to show subsidised amount

Posted on 24/11/2010

An added section which depicts the actual cost of water and electricity consumption will be included in all utility bills from the beginning of next year, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) said in a statement on Tuesday. The new section is intended to make residents in the emirate more aware of the subsidies applied to utility bills and thereby highlight the gap between the cost of utility provision and the cost of consumption, the statement added. On Tuesday, the RSB also ...  >>MORE

Taqa to divest investment in MTC

Posted on 21/11/2010

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) intends to divest its investment in the Marubeni Taqa Caribbean Ltd (MTC) joint venture, according to a statement made in connection with the release of its third quarter financials. Taqa, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea), has already reclassified the MTC investment and related loan outstanding as a held-for-sale investment on the asset side, which clearly explains the company's intention to part with that asset. ...  >>MORE

Over 50 million gallons of water caught in Fujairah dams

Posted on 08/11/2010

Total amount of water retained by dams and breakers in Fujairah reached 50.6 million gallons from 28 October to 5 November, according to estimates by the Ministry of Environment and Water. Most parts of the Emirate of Fujairah witnessed heavy to light rains on Friday for about 80 minutes. Significant quantities of water filled streams and valleys and flooded dams. These rains, the report, added, were promising of a good rainy season which will replenish and improve underground water levels. ...  >>MORE

TAQA launches syndication of US$ 3.0 billion Revolving Credit Facility

Posted on 02/11/2010

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), a publicly listed company on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA), yesterday announced that it has mandated The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (co-ordinator), BNP Paribas, Citi, HSBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and Standard Chartered Bank (the bookrunners) to arrange a US$ 3.0 billion revolving credit facility. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. will act as facility agent. Ahead of the launch of syndication, the ...  >>MORE

ADWEA selects "KEPCO/Sumitomo" for "Shuweihat S-3" project at a cost of Dh5 billion and a price of 10 fils per kilowatt

Posted on 19/10/2010

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority ADWEA has selected KEPCO-Sumitomo consortium, being the best bidder for the implementation of "Shuweihat S3 " project to which five of major global coalitions and companies competed to win. H.H. Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), told Al Ittihad local daily in a statement that Shuweihat S-3 has obtained the best offers under the most difficult conditions set by ADWEA. The production ...  >>MORE

UAE keen to cut energy demand

Posted on 18/10/2010

A new high-tech plan rolled out yesterday could slash the UAE's daily electric power consumption by 30 per cent, say government and business leaders. Seventy per cent of an estimated 56.6 terrawatts of power consumed by the UAE is used to cool and light buildings, electricity consumption that when combined with water usage and discarded waste gives the UAE one of the highest carbon footprints in the world. Minister of Environment and Water Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd joined with etisalat and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to award US$1.5b power project by year-end

Posted on 18/10/2010

Abu Dhabi's power projects are progressing well, as Shuwaihat-2 — a 1,500 megawatt power plant, will be commissioned next year, the sources said on Sunday. "The contract to build another 1,600- megawatt power plant in the same area will be awarded towards the year-end,” the source said on the sidelines of the three-day Power Generation and Water Middle East show in Abu Dhabi 
on Sunday. Another source said that the bids are being evaluated for the second power plant costing US$1.5 ...  >>MORE

DEWA succeeds in promoting bonds for US$2 billion

Posted on 17/10/2010

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ("DEWA"), successfully accessed the international debt capital markets raising a total of US$2,000 mln split across two tranches of US$500 mln maturing in October 2016 at the initial price of 6.375 %, and US$1,500 mln maturing in October 2020 at the initial price of 7.375 %. The offering was a drawdown of the company's existing US$3bn Global Medium Term Note Programme ("GMTN"). This transaction represents DEWA's second foray into the US$ debt capital ...  >>MORE

UAE spending on desalination plants to jump 300%

Posted on 12/10/2010

The UAE is currently spending US$800 million (Dh2.9 billion) per year on building, operating and maintenance of desalination plants which will jump by over 300 per cent to US$3.22 billion (Dh12 billion) over the next six years, according to a new report by Global Water Intelligence. The country currently has 8,885,366 m3/d of contracted desalination capacity, but this will rise to 13,700,138 m3/d by 2016. During that time the cost of operating existing plants and the new plants that come on ...  >>MORE

Dewa wired to meet capacity for next five years

Posted on 11/10/2010

There is sufficient electricity and water to meet the needs of Dubai residents and businesses for the next five years, a senior Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) official has revealed. Last year alone Dubai's energy requirements grew by 9.6 per cent and are expected to increase further during the coming years at eight to nine per cent per annum, said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dewa. Speaking to Emirates 24|7 on the sidelines of ...  >>MORE

UAE energy demand to surge over 71% by 2019

Posted on 10/10/2010

Primary energy demand in the UAE will increase by more than 71 per cent by 2019, according to Business Monitor International's second quarter 2010 power report for the Middle East and Africa released Saturday. But that demand will only be met if the country's utility providers generate an annual energy growth of 5.4 per cent over the next nine years. The country's power consumption is expected to increase from an estimated 68 Terrawatt hours (TWh) last year to nearly 95 TWh by the end of ...  >>MORE

DEWA using the latest technology in the field of energy transmission to support development

Posted on 28/09/2010

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) continues to progress ahead with its development projects through the completion and launch of new Substations and extending new power cables in various areas of Dubai, and in this context, DEWA is currently working on the extension of new underground cables of 400 kV, between Al Nahda and Al Mamzar at a total cost up to 450 million dirhams. This operation is using for the first time advanced technologies for extending high voltage cables of 400 ...  >>MORE

Dubai goes greener in energy consumption

Posted on 27/09/2010

While higher energy consumption points to the underlying economic growth of any city, the consumption of district cooling, which can reduce power consumption by up to 50 per cent, is on the rise in Dubai, suggesting that the emirates is not only growing economically, but also getting increasingly environment savvy. Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has said consumption of district cooling provided by the company rose ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to pour Dh1.6bn of water into the ground

Posted on 23/09/2010

Work has begun on a Dh1.6 billion plan to stockpile vital supplies of water underground. The huge reservoir near Liwa could supply Abu Dhabi's basic water needs for three months if desalination plants failed, offering a cushion to a system that yesterday can store only two days' supply. The reserve would be activated in the event of a national emergency, for example, if a large oil spill contaminated the waters of the Gulf. The reserve is a logical step for an emirate that depends on ...  >>MORE

UAE produces 14% of global desalinated water

Posted on 31/08/2010

The UAE pumps nearly 14 per cent of the world's desalinated water as it is heavily reliant on the sea for its sweet water needs given its relatively poor ground water resources, Alkhaleej newspaper said on Tuesday. Water desalination, which provides the bulk of drinking water needs in the Gulf, drained nearly Dh11.8 billion from the UAE's coffers in 2008, an average cost of around Dh7.16 per each produced cubic metre, the paper quoted Mariam Al Shannasi, spokeswoman for the Ministry of ...  >>MORE

SEWA commissions new 3 million gallon unit in Kalba

Posted on 30/08/2010

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has announced the commissioning of a new water desalination and distribution unit in Kalba to produce 3 MGPD on Reverse Osmosis system. Eng. Rashid Ibrahim Demas, Deputy Director General of SEWA, said SEWA were installing water and electricity improvement projects in the Eastern Region to meet growing demand for these services due to urban and demographic expansion. Eng. Muza Al Za'abi, head of operations at Kalba station, said construction phase ...  >>MORE

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


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority selects world consultant for first phase of the study


UAE aims to cut power consumption by 30%


Qidfa plant to be largest in UAE


Empower unveils 2011 strategy


Energy efficiency scheme launched in UAE


Second phase of regional power grid project launched


Taqa aims to secure US$1.8bn for expansion


Dubai to allow private power firms


505 million gallon of water in 16 dams and embankments


Funds allocated for water research in Abu Dhabi


Taqa rides high as soaring profit surprises market


Abu Dhabi’s TAQA eyeing bond issue in 2012


Dh5.7 billion for water '&' electricity projects in northern emirates


Empower records revenues of Dh477 million for 2010 fiscal year, with an impressive increase of 31%


UAE to invest US$74bn in energy


Energy officials discuss Power Link between Dubai and Iran


UAE expects 71% increase in primary energy demand


Work is in progress at high speed to complete the Substation M for power generation and water desalination


EAD highlights pioneering solar desalination trial at WFES


Taqa sells Caribbean power assets


DEWA carries out a project to replace oil cables 132 KV at length of 60 km


Empower settles US$50m credit facility and to refinance US$175


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority starts building Ghafat reservoirs


Hamdan bin Zayed inspects Solar-powered desalination plant


Utility bills to show subsidised amount


Taqa to divest investment in MTC


Over 50 million gallons of water caught in Fujairah dams


TAQA launches syndication of US$ 3.0 billion Revolving Credit Facility


ADWEA selects "KEPCO/Sumitomo" for "Shuweihat S-3" project at a cost of Dh5 billion and a price of 10 fils per kilowatt


UAE keen to cut energy demand


Abu Dhabi to award US$1.5b power project by year-end


DEWA succeeds in promoting bonds for US$2 billion


UAE spending on desalination plants to jump 300%


Dewa wired to meet capacity for next five years


UAE energy demand to surge over 71% by 2019


DEWA using the latest technology in the field of energy transmission to support development


Dubai goes greener in energy consumption


Abu Dhabi to pour Dh1.6bn of water into the ground


UAE produces 14% of global desalinated water


SEWA commissions new 3 million gallon unit in Kalba