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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

No hike in tariffs due to privatisation

Posted on 13/01/2010

There is no price change in spite of the proposed privatisation of power and water desalination sector, officials told Emirates Business. "Prices have nothing to do with the privatisation plan. People need not worry of any tariff hike. There is no intention to increase the prices even in the near future," said Abdullah Al Hajri, Executive Vice President – Customer Services, Dewa. "We do not expect any change in the energy price," said Khalid Al Awadi, an energy consultant, who is also a gas ...  >>MORE

None of DEWA's borrowing are in default: DEWA affirms

Posted on 11/12/2009

Dubai, Dubai Electricity '&' Water Authority (DEWA) would like to make the following announcement for the benefit of the public in view of the diverse and sometimes contradictory statements circulating in the media, asserting that none of DEWA's borrowing are in default and that we have unequivocal confirmation from lenders of the uninterrupted continuation of our facilities, that our facilities are guaranteed by Government of Dubai which owns and fully supports the Authority and would restore ...  >>MORE

TAQA third quarter and nine month 2009 financial results

Posted on 12/11/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC ("TAQA"), a publicly listed company on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA), today reported financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2009. Total revenue was Dh12.5 billion compared with AED 13.1 billion for the same period in 2008. Revenue from the electricity and water business, excluding supplemental fuel, increased 13% to Dh4.6 billion, from Dh4.0 billion for the same period in 2008, primarily due to the expansion ...  >>MORE

Green measures to make desalting plant less damaging

Posted on 11/11/2009

The desalination process is "greatly misunderstood" in terms of its environmental impact as many measures are taken to minimise ecological damage, said an official of Palm Jumeirah's desalination plant. Palm Utilities on Palm Jumeirah produces enough fresh water to fill 22 Olympic-size swimming pools every day in one of its two seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants. Both plants produce around the same amount of salty concentrate, or brine, to Dubai's coastal waters said Dr Emad Haffar, ...  >>MORE

Adwea to seek long term financing for new power plant

Posted on 11/11/2009

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) will seek long-term financing to build a power plant with a minimum capacity of 1,500 megawatts, the director of privatisation said. "Definitely there will be a new plant," Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi told reporters in Abu Dhabi yesterday. "We are looking at several different locations" in the UAE. Power demand in Abu Dhabi jumped 11 per cent in 2009 from a year earlier and is increasing by about seven per cent to eight per cent annually, ...  >>MORE

Adwea raises Dh8 billion in funding

Posted on 20/10/2009

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) said on Monday it had raised Dh8 billion (US$2.18 billion) to fund its Shuweihat S2 water and electricity generation project. "The financial closure of this vital project, which came about under the circumstances of the global financial crisis, underlines the strength of the Abu Dhabi economy and reassures global economies' trust in the emirate," said Adwea Chairman Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "Whilst major economies were going through ...  >>MORE

Gargash: GCC countries to spend US$70b on energy projects in 09

Posted on 10/10/2009

Brussels - Renewable energy is the only sustainable solution for securing world energy, said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash. Addressing a ministerial conference in Brussels about renewable energy, Gargash referred to the current indicators which forecast a 6.6 percent rise in gas demand and 3 percent oil demand during 2007 - 2011. He said that the GCC countries were expected to spend 70 million US dollars on energy projects during 2009, half of ...  >>MORE

Dewa power tariff will remain same: Al Tayer

Posted on 05/10/2009

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has ruled out any increase in tariffs, said a top official from the state-owned utility firm. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dewa Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, dismissed speculations Dubai may soon follow the move of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), which announced on Thursday it will increase power charges in the emirate, beginning October 1, to cover production cost increase. "There is no increase in tariff," Al Tayer ...  >>MORE

TAQA completes acquisition of DSM Energy

Posted on 02/10/2009

The Hague - The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) yesterday announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, TAQA Energy B.V. (TAQA Energy), has completed its EUR 285 million acquisition of 100% of the share capital of DSM Energie Holding B.V. (DSM Energy) from Netherlands based Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company Royal DSM N.V. The sale includes non-operated interests in the pipeline company Noordgastransport B.V. (NGT), three other pipelines and 20 producing oil and gas ...  >>MORE

Dewa planning to launch carbon trade initiative

Posted on 02/10/2009

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will soon launch a carbon trade initiative based on carbon credits, bringing best practice into the region and contributing to a sustainable environment, a top official said. "Dewa will launch a carbon trade initiative (sell carbon) in an attempt to preserve the environment," Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of Dewa told Gulf News. He added that this would enhance the energy efficiency of the power generation ...  >>MORE

TAQA switches focus to electricity

Posted on 10/09/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) will turn its focus back to electricity generation after snapping up oil and gas wells across the world, the company's chief executive said yesterday. The new emphasis on acquiring electricity, or "downstream” assets, coincides with the release of a bond prospectus proposing the issuance of up to US$9 billion (Dh33bn) worth of commercial paper, and comes a day after a Taqa official said the firm would enter the Asian power market. The company has ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Rashid issues decree forming the Supreme Council of Energy

Posted on 01/09/2009

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as the ruler of Dubai, issued a decree forming the Supreme Council of Energy with HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum as Chairman and the executive chairman of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as deputy Chairman. The Council will be consisted of director general of the Department of Oil Affairs, Executive Director of Dubai Aluminium Company (Dubal), Executive ...  >>MORE

University leads the way with do-it-yourself desalination system

Posted on 31/08/2009

While industrial-scale desalination serves most of the country's water needs, some organisations have bought their own, much smaller plants to cut their water bills. Ajman University of Science and Technology, for example, has two desalination plants at its main campus, both using reverse osmosis technology. That type is easier to assemble and better suited to small-scale operations, according to Dr Zeinalabedeen Rizk, dean of the university's Institute of Environment, Water and Energy. One ...  >>MORE

Dewa identifying projects to generate carbon credit assets

Posted on 27/08/2009

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is currently identifying projects where it could generate carbon credit assets, the first step to be involved in carbon trading. Bert Kleinveld, Director, Special Projects at Dewa, said the utility company is looking at all its lines where a portfolio of carbon emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can be developed. He said Dewa is planning to talk with potential buyers through an open tender by ...  >>MORE

ENOC joins hands with DEWA to raise awareness on reducing water consumption

Posted on 26/08/2009

In association with the Dubai Electricity '&' Water Authority (DEWA), Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has launched a consumer awareness campaign on reducing water consumption levels in Dubai. The campaign is being run throughout the holy month of Ramadan at ENOC/EPPCO service stations in Dubai. Posters on the importance of reducing water consumption quoting wise sayings from Prophet Mohammed, are placed in ENOC/EPPCO stations. They also provide guidelines on how to perform the six steps ...  >>MORE

Taqa eyes acquisitions in Asia and the Americas

Posted on 19/08/2009

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), which suffered a 71 per cent plunge in profits in the second quarter, is accelerating its aggressive acquisition drive. It is keen to acquire further stakes in companies in the global market with particular emphasis on India, China, Russia, Pakistan and Brazil, said Chief Executive Peter Barker-Homek. He said the world's worst economic slowdown was easing and there were opportunities to invest in new markets in Asia and the Americas. "We have just ...  >>MORE

Dewa facilitates efficient water, energy use forum

Posted on 19/08/2009

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) Tuesday announced it teamed up with Emirates Group, to organise a four-day workshop offering detailed information on various energy conservation techniques. Held at the Emirates Group headquarters, the sessions offered valuable tips and recommendations on conserving natural resources and balancing electrical load during peak hours to help optimise energy savings. The participants, including employees and visitors to the Emirates Group ...  >>MORE

Taqa Q2 profit tumbles 71pc

Posted on 16/08/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, or Taqa, which has been on an expansion spree, said on Thursday second-quarter net profit slumped 71 percent due to lower oil prices and higher operating costs. Shares in Taqa, a state-run oil and power producer, rose 6.8 per cent on the Abu Dhabi bourse as investors reacted to the company's view that higher crude since the end of the quarter augured well for its business. Taqa posted profit of Dh136 million ($37.0 million) in the quarter ended June 30, down ...  >>MORE

Taqa new North Sea Brent operator

Posted on 04/08/2009

London - The UK arm of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, Taqa Bratani Ltd, said it had taken over as operator of the North Sea Brent system pipeline and facilities from August 1. Taqa said it replaced Shell UK Exploration and Production, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell, which had held the position since the mid-1970s. A spokeswoman for Shell had no immediate comment. Brent became the benchmark North Sea crude oil, used for pricing around two thirds of the physical crude oil traded on the ...  >>MORE

Taqa set to acquire DSM Energy in Dh1.5b deal

Posted on 30/07/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (Taqa), announced on Wednesday it has reached an agreement on the acquisition of DSM Energy, the energy unit of Netherlands-based Royal DSM NV for 285 million euros (Dh1.5 billion). The acquisition will add 5,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) to Taqa's North Sea production of about 50,000 boed. Boed is the industry standard for measuring a petroleum company's oil and gas production. Taqa's North Sea operations now produce about 50,000 boed through its ...  >>MORE

Ways to reduce energy costs in summer

Posted on 16/07/2009

The Emirates Wildlife Society in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF) and Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) today shared with the UAE energy saving tips for the summer. Currently residential customers consume the largest share of electricity in the UAE. What's more, much of this energy is wasted. Very simple changes in our every day habits can easily reduce a households energy consumption by 20%. "Primarily as a result of increased use of air conditioning, energy ...  >>MORE

Taqa plans bond sale of at least US$1 billion 15 July 2009

Posted on 15/07/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, or Taqa, has started investor meetings to raise at least US$1 billion in bonds to finance investments and repay debt due next year, a company executive said on Tuesday. Taqa is 75 per cent owned by the government of Abu Dhabi and is one of the vehicles the emirate uses to invest 
oil money. The company had started a roadshow which had been received "very well”, the executive said. "We have commitments for US$1 billion so far, so at least we are ...  >>MORE

Dh5.98b power projects planned

Posted on 12/07/2009

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) will carry out Dh5.980 billion worth of energy and water projects in the Northern Emirates within five years, Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, FEWA General Manager, said. He noted that the authority would execute Dhs1.480 billion worth of water projects, including ones for establishing water networks, water desalination plants and pumping tankers, in addition to Dh4.5 billion worth of electricity projects. This will include schemes for ...  >>MORE

Topaz subsidiary signs contract with Vopak

Posted on 06/07/2009

Topaz Energy and Marine through its subsidiary Nico International Hydrospace recently signed a contract with Vopak Horizon Fujairah Limited for providing underwater services for pre-berthing inspection and back to back berthing of vessels at Vopak. In a Press statement on Sunday, the company said the contract has been signed for a period of one year until April 2010. Over the period of the contract Topaz will provide a team of qualified and experienced divers for the pre-berthing ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Taqa buys Canada land worth $63 million

Posted on 06/07/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company TAQA.AD (TAQA) has purchased two blocks of land comprising 1,300 square kilometres in the Horn River Basin in Canada's British Columbia for $63.2 million, Taqa said in a statement. "Horn River Basin is one of the important gas prone basins in Canada," Taqa said. Taqa, a diversified energy company that runs oil wells and power plants, is 75 percent owned by the government of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. - Reuters ...  >>MORE

Metito to join Shuweihat S2 Water and Power Project

Posted on 05/07/2009

Water and wastewater treatment specialists Metito are helping to enhance utility supplies in Abu Dhabi, following the construction of a new multi-billion dirham Independent Water '&' Power Plant (IWPP). UAE Shuweihat S2 Independent Water and Power Project is located near Jebel Dhanna, 250 KMs west of Abu Dhabi city and will have the capacity to supply a population of around 1.5m people with water and power, upon its completion in 2011. The plant is valued at 3.2bn and was initiated by the ...  >>MORE

TAQA terminates ties with S'&'P

Posted on 02/07/2009

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), a publicly listed company on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA), announced yesterday that it has terminated its relationship with Standard '&' Poor's (S'&'P) effective 30 June 2009. This decision follows an internal review of the new ratings methodology for Government-Related Entities (GRE) published by S'&'P. Peter Barker-Homek, Chief Executive Officer of TAQA, said: "Following our review of the new methodology published by S'&'P ...  >>MORE

Dewa campaign aims to save power during peak hours

Posted on 01/07/2009

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched an awareness campaign to educate the public about peak electricity loads - between noon and 5pm in the summer months - which result in a 40 per cent increase in power consumption between morning and peak hours. Aiming to encourage consumers to reduce their energy consumption during peak hours, the awareness campaign will be rolled out throughout Dubai. It will inform the public about the various means that could be adopted to ...  >>MORE

Average annual increase in demand for desalinated water hits 6% in Arab World

Posted on 27/06/2009

Palm Water LLC has recently urged stakeholders to increase support for initiatives promoting water conservation, demand management strategies and alternative solutions to address the region's limited water supply. The company, which has been widely known for its cost-effective and environmentally friendly technologies, referred to the Water Investment World Middle East 2009 report, which revealed that the average increase in regional demand for desalinated water is at 6%, 3% higher than the ...  >>MORE

Dewa launches save energy and time drive

Posted on 25/06/2009

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched an educational campaign aimed at masses to use modern information and communication technology solutions and e-payment services that would lead to saving time and energy. Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, launched the promotional campaign under the slogan "Save your time, save your energy". "This is the largest and the longest campaign launched by the government in the UAE," claimed Al Tayer. The campaign, which ...  >>MORE

Water-saving devices to be installed

Posted on 21/06/2009

Water-saving devices will be installed in 100,000 homes and public buildings to reduce the emirate's overall water consumption. The campaign, led by the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD), will see the devices fixed to taps, showers and toilets in around 100,000 villas and residential buildings. Some 2,750 mosques, 500 schools and up to 300 public buildings are also included in the programme, said Dr Mohammed Dawoud, the manager of the water resources department at the EAD. "The ...  >>MORE

US$40b desalination projects planned to boost production

Posted on 16/06/2009

The two biggest emirates in the country have "significant" future desalination production investments pegged at up to US$40 billion (Dh146.8 billion) to "produce a river of water" and meet increasing water demand, a leading desalination expert has said. Abu Dhabi plans to double its current daily production of 630 million gallons at a cost of US$20 billion, while Dubai will increase current production by 600 million gallons a day, at a cost of between US$10 billion and US$20 billion over the ...  >>MORE

Masdar connects 10 MW plant to Abu Dhabi's electricity grid

Posted on 01/06/2009

Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), yesterday inaugurated Masdar's 10-megawatt (MW) power plant, marking the integration of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Middle East to the Abu Dhabi municipal grid. The state-of-the-art PV plant will generate 10MW of clean electricity, which is an annual carbon saving of 15,000 tonnes - the equivalent of taking 3,300 cars off Abu Dhabi's roads each year. The plant will provide ...  >>MORE

SEWA to operate new 50MW gas turbine next August

Posted on 01/06/2009

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is completing preparations to inaugurate a new gas-fired turbine to generate electricity at Khor Fakkan in the eastern region of emirate of Sharjah next August. Ibrahim Rashid Demas, Deputy Director General of SEWA, said the 50 MW turbine had cost Dh 120 million. "The commissioning of the gas turbine is part of a plan to meet growing demand for power in the area,” he said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dewa seals significant US$1b credit facility deal

Posted on 28/05/2009

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has successfully closed a US$1 billion Export Credit Agency (ECA) backed financing deal in support of its ongoing and future capital expansion. The financing - arranged by Calyon, Citi, Deutsche Bank & HSBC - has a maturity of 13 years and is supported by comprehensive guarantees from European ECAs Coface, Hermes and SACE for contracts awarded to the French, German and Italian suppliers. This is the first major ECA financing for a sovereign in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai power demand rises

Posted on 20/05/2009

Electricity demand in Dubai rose 13 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier even as economic growth slowed, the head of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said yesterday. The new figure challenges suggestions from analysts that the historically high rate of growth in consumption in the emirate could soften as a result of the economic crisis and a forecast drop in population. DEWA expected demand to rise by 10 per cent this year and investments in capacity to exceed the ...  >>MORE

TAQA profits tumble 90pc

Posted on 17/05/2009

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company or TAQA saw profits tumbling 90 per cent to Dh40 million in the first-quarter of the year, down from Dh398 million in the comparable period, as oil and gas prices plummet in the wake of the global 
economic slowdown. The energy company's revenues, however, increased by five per cent to Dh4.2 billion in the three-month period — up from Dh4 billion last year. Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation or EBITDA was down by Dh1.9 ...  >>MORE

Dewa campaign reduces water usage

Posted on 30/04/2009

Switching off lights, computers and TV sets combined with turning down the air conditioning, taking showers and not baths, paid off in Dubai during 2008 which recorded a significant drop in electricity and water consumption. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) announced Wednesday that water use dropped by 37 per cent and electricity consumption decreased by six per cent amongst residential units, governments, schools, universities and private companies in 2008 who participated in ...  >>MORE

Al Nuaimi issues decree regulating well digging, exploitation of groundwater

Posted on 17/04/2009

HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, issued today an emiri decree, streamlining the well digging and the exploitation of groundwater in the emirate of Ajman. The emiri decree number 4 of year 2009, which has become effective from the day of issuance, aims at regulating, protecting water resources, guiding their use, protecting them from pollution and putting an end to random well digging in the emirate of Ajman. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Pilot project aims to prove a point

Posted on 16/04/2009

The skeptics said it could not be done – that the wind in the UAE did not blow hard enough to generate electricity. Sharjah's Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has set out to debunk that theory with an experimental project that taps the power of the wind and is expected to produce enough clean energy to meet the demands of a small building in the authority's compound in Halwan. The UAE's first wind-driven electricity generating system operates with a little help from an element in ...  >>MORE

Dewa posts Dh4.24b profit on lower costs

Posted on 13/04/2009

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), the emirate's sole utility provider that has billions of dirhams worth of investment commitments, made a profit of Dh4.24 billion last year compared with a loss of Dh744 million in 2007. Its revenue during the year increased by 52.5 per cent to Dh9.29 billion, while the cost of generation and distribution fell by about 32 per cent to Dh4.34 billion. Dewa's finance cost last year rose 46 per cent to Dh489 million as the utility's borrowings ...  >>MORE

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No hike in tariffs due to privatisation


None of DEWA's borrowing are in default: DEWA affirms


TAQA third quarter and nine month 2009 financial results


Green measures to make desalting plant less damaging


Adwea to seek long term financing for new power plant


Adwea raises Dh8 billion in funding


Gargash: GCC countries to spend US$70b on energy projects in 09


Dewa power tariff will remain same: Al Tayer


TAQA completes acquisition of DSM Energy


Dewa planning to launch carbon trade initiative


TAQA switches focus to electricity


Mohammed Bin Rashid issues decree forming the Supreme Council of Energy


University leads the way with do-it-yourself desalination system


Dewa identifying projects to generate carbon credit assets


ENOC joins hands with DEWA to raise awareness on reducing water consumption


Taqa eyes acquisitions in Asia and the Americas


Dewa facilitates efficient water, energy use forum


Taqa Q2 profit tumbles 71pc


Taqa new North Sea Brent operator


Taqa set to acquire DSM Energy in Dh1.5b deal


Ways to reduce energy costs in summer


Taqa plans bond sale of at least US$1 billion 15 July 2009


Dh5.98b power projects planned


Topaz subsidiary signs contract with Vopak


Abu Dhabi's Taqa buys Canada land worth $63 million


Metito to join Shuweihat S2 Water and Power Project


TAQA terminates ties with S'&'P


Dewa campaign aims to save power during peak hours


Average annual increase in demand for desalinated water hits 6% in Arab World


Dewa launches save energy and time drive


Water-saving devices to be installed


US$40b desalination projects planned to boost production


Masdar connects 10 MW plant to Abu Dhabi's electricity grid


SEWA to operate new 50MW gas turbine next August


Dewa seals significant US$1b credit facility deal


Dubai power demand rises


TAQA profits tumble 90pc


Dewa campaign reduces water usage


Al Nuaimi issues decree regulating well digging, exploitation of groundwater


Pilot project aims to prove a point


Dewa posts Dh4.24b profit on lower costs