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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

Dewa denies plan to raise tariffs

Posted on 07/11/2007

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) yesterday denied plans to increase tariffs to fund its US$19 billion expansion. Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, said: "We are talking about future investments and not the short-term plan. Dewa's strategy of funding is to consider practical means of funding including cost-effectiveness." He said Dewa is working as per government strategy and has its master plans up to 2017 along with associated plans for funding infrastructure ...  >>MORE

Dubai eyes first power, water tariff hike since '98

Posted on 06/11/2007

Dubai's state-owned utility has asked for government permission to raise power and water tariffs for the first time in a decade to fund a $19 billion expansion and cover surging costs, a document given to investors showed. The government has not changed the rates the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) charges its customers since 1998 although production costs have surged, driven by a rise in fuel prices, according to a prospectus handed to investors at a sale of bonds. "While there ...  >>MORE

First Power transformer plant in Middle East opened in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/11/2007

The first dedicated power transformer plant in the Middle East was launched Thursday by Brush Transformers Gulf LLC, a joint venture between UAE's Al Nasser Industrial Enterprises (ANIE) and Britain's Brush Transformers Ltd. the leading British manufacturer of power transformers. The new plant which is located at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) in Musaffah, was officially opened in a ceremony launching the local manufacturing of power transformers. The factory will be a centre of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Crown Prince signs two contracts worth Dh561.4 million

Posted on 28/10/2007

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of SEWA, signed two contracts of Dh561.4 million for implementation of Desalination Plant Project - Phase 1 at Hamriyah Station of 20 million gallons per day and installation of new gas turbine of 50 MW at Khorfakkan. The signing of the contracts comes as per instructions of His Highness Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and in line with ...  >>MORE

Taqa signs agreement with National Power Company of Saudi Arabia

Posted on 25/10/2007

With the aim of increasing its portfolio of energy assets and reinforcing its position as a global energy company, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), announced today that it has signed an agreement to co-operate on joint developments with National Power Company (NPC), an affiliate of the Al-Zamil and El-Seif Groups, regional investment groups based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Both companies aim, through the joint venture, to make significant investments in the Saudi Arabian ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to cut household water use by 200 litres a day

Posted on 22/10/2007

Household water consumption in Abu Dhabi will be reduced over the next five years, said an official. At present, each resident in the emirate uses on average 550 litres per day the second highest consumption rate in the world. But in five years time, the figure will be slashed by 200 litres per day, said Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. "With the implementation of a water management strategy, which has already been submitted to Abu Dhabi's Executive ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. sell 40pc stake in Emirates Power to Japan's Marubeni

Posted on 02/10/2007

New York — Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., a United Arab Emirates-based investor in the energy industry, agreed to sell a 40 per cent stake in Emirates CMS Power Co. to Japan's Marubeni Corp. for US$140 million. The deal includes the sale of all of Taweelah A2 Operating LLC, which is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of the Taweelah A2 power plant, Abu Dhabi National Energy, also known as TAQA, said in a statement posted on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market Web site ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Taqa to buy Primewest trust for C$5 billion

Posted on 25/09/2007

Calgary, Alberta - Abu Dhabi National National Energy Co TAQA.AD will buy Canada's Primewest Energy Trust PWI_u.N for C$5 billion in cash, Primewest said on Monday, as the state-controlled firm makes good on plans to turn its new Canadian unit into a major oil producer. In its biggest acquisition to date, Abu Dhabi National Energy, better known as Taqa, is offering C$26.75 per Primewest unit, a 30 percent premium to the units' closing price on Friday. ‘It's a pretty big value that's being ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues decree setting up energy firm

Posted on 20/09/2007

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, issued a law setting up the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company with a capital of Dh10 million. Law No. 22 of 2007 sets up the Abu Dhabi Future Energy company as a private joint stock company specialised in the commercialisation of alternative energies through emissions reduction, and clean development mechanism solutions as provided by the UN agreement on climate change as explained in the Kyoto ...  >>MORE

Taqa may open shares to foreign investors by 2012

Posted on 19/09/2007

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), an energy investment firm with assets worth US$16bn (Dh58.7bn), may allow foreign ownership of shares by 2012 as it expands outside the Middle East to challenge global rivals, the company's chief executive said. "By a board decision we could open our share register to foreign entities. There is no intention at this time to do that,” said Peter BarkerHomek. The energy firm, established in June 2005, has 24.9 per cent of its shares listed on the Abu ...  >>MORE

Sewa to finance new power project

Posted on 18/09/2007

State-owned Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) plans to raise at least Dh10 billion (US$2.72 billion) to finance a power project, the authority's director-general said yesterday. Sewa could raise the funds by selling bonds or sukuk, Al Waleed Khalid Bin Khadem said. Demand for power and water in the region is surging as the population grows and businesses expand, spurred by a quadrupling in oil prices since 2002 that has fuelled economic growth. The Dubai Electricity and Water ...  >>MORE

GCC 7b power grid project on track

Posted on 11/09/2007

The first phase of the US$7 billion Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) power grid will be commissioned by the first quarter of 2009. More than 30 per cent of the construction in the US$1.1 billion first phase, which will link Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar through 800 kilometres of transmission lines, was completed at the end of June. According to the GCC lnterconnection Authority (GCCIA), given the rapid pace of work on the project, the first phase would be completed by the end 2008 ...  >>MORE

Taqa readies US$4b buyout plan

Posted on 28/08/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), plans to invest Dh14.68 billion (US$4 billion) in new energy acquisitions over the next 12 months, the company's chief executive said yesterday."We are looking at opportunities in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Norway, The Netherlands, UK, Canada and possibly, the US," Peter Barker-Homek told Gulf News. At present, Taqa has investments, assets and operations in 10 countries - UAE, Canada, Ghana, India, Morocco, The Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the ...  >>MORE

Alstom to build 1bn euro power station in Fujairah

Posted on 28/08/2007

Alstom, the world's third biggest builder of power stations, said it has won a contract valued at one billion Euros (Dh5bn) to provide gas turbines for a power plant in the UAE. The company said it also won an order valued at 850 million Euros (Dh4.25bn) from RWE to build and maintain a power plant at Staythorpe, England. In the UAE, Alstom won the contract for a 2,000-megawatt power station in Fujairah. Both plants will use the GT26 heavy-duty gas turbine, one of the world's largest. Flaws ...  >>MORE

Taqa eyes acquisition in North America

Posted on 22/08/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), a company with global interests, on Tuesday said it is eyeing a new acquisition in North America in the petroleum sector. Taqa said its board of directors met on Monday to discuss and approve the possible new acquisition. "This acquisition remains subject to agreeing acceptable terms and conditions with the seller and we will communicate any further developments in due course," Taqa said in a notice to the Abu Dhabi Securities Market, where it is ...  >>MORE

Tapping into safe and pure water

Posted on 19/08/2007

How do you choose between bottled drinking water, pure drinking water, bottled natural mineral water, spring, treated, or well water? And in a country with minimal natural water reserves, are the labels telling the truth? Khalid Sharif, head of food safety section from the health department at Dubai Municipality, said some companies have been caught cheating customers by refilling bottles with tap water and selling it as pure or mineral water. "We have cracked down on these groceries and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi signs energy deal with Japan-UK group

Posted on 05/08/2007

Abu Dhabi has signed a 20-year output purchase agreement with Japan's Marubeni Corporation and Britain's International Power, the consortium that will build and operate the US$2.8-billion Fujairah 2 power and water project in Fujairah. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has a 60 per cent stake in the greenfield project, which is owned by Fujairah Asia Power Company. Both Marubeni and International Power have a 20 per cent stake each in the company. They will operate the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Energy announces key initiatives in 2008-2010 plan

Posted on 02/08/2007

The Ministry of Energy yesterday unveiled details of its 2008-2010 strategic plan which incorporates 16 key initiatives including a proposal for a nation-wide regulatory framework for the water and electricity sector. The ministry's plans include a study to update strategic oil reserves while another study will focus on developing water and electricity services by encouraging private investment. The plan has been drafted following the recommendations of the UAE Government Strategy which was ...  >>MORE

Common framework for water & electricity sector under study: Al Hameli

Posted on 02/08/2007

Energy Minister, Mohammed bin Dha'en Al Hameli, has said that his ministry's 2008/2010 plan includes a study on the possibility of setting up a common federal framework for the water and electricity sectors throughout the country, adding that the framework will hinge on the main principle of protecting the national coffers and the right of consumers, as well as protecting the right of investors. Al Hameli said his ministry's plans include 16 primary initiatives, in addition to 25 secondary ...  >>MORE

UAE energy major Taqa's assets grow to Dh56b

Posted on 02/08/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), a company with global interests, yesterday said the group's assets had touched Dh56 billion, helped by strong financial performance during the first half of 2007. In a statement, Taqa, founded in Abu Dhabi in 2005, said January-June 2007 revenue reached Dh2.83 billion compared with Dh1.49 billion for the same period in 2006, a 90 per cent increase. Its second quarter earnings rose 126 per cent on year to Dh1.79 billion. "The net profit ...  >>MORE

SEWA to operate two gas turbines next week

Posted on 23/07/2007

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has announced that the scene was all set to operate two new power generating units of combined capacity of 80 MW at Wasit Power Station as of next week. SEWA Director General Waled bin Khadem said the two units would boost the total capacity of the Station to 960 MW. 'The new turbines will go into operation from the first of August as part of SEWA's expansion to ensure smooth and regular supply of water and electricity to its clients,' he added. ...  >>MORE

UAE power generation to make a 60% jump by 2011

Posted on 22/07/2007

The UAE will be boosting its power generation capacity by 60 per cent to 14.8 gigawatts (GW) by 2011, according to a research report. The Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region will invest US$61.2 billion (Dh224.60bn) in its power and water sectors between 2007 and 2011, a research report by Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp) yesterday said. This 60 per cent annual increase for the period will account for 15 per cent of the US$395bn (Dh1450bn) total capital investment ...  >>MORE

Taqa and NBAD conclude US$1 billion credit facility

Posted on 12/07/2007

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), and National Bank of Abu Dhabi have concluded a US$1 billion revolving credit facility. A statement on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market website yesterday said the facility is for three years. Taqa is majority owned by the Abu Dhabi government and 24.9 per cent of the company's shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi stock market. Taqa recently signed an agreement with Citigroup to advise on borrowing up to US$9 billion (Dh33.03bn) from Islamic bonds and ...  >>MORE

Masdar wins World Clean Energy Award

Posted on 22/06/2007

Masdar received the first World Clean Energy Award (WCEA), presented by Transatlantic21 Association, on June 15th in Basel, Switzerland. The Abu Dhabi government's Masdar Initiative was selected out of a 70 international nominees as the winning entry in the category of 'Finance and Investment'. The newly created awards recognize achievement and innovation in the integrated use of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and honour the world's best projects promoting the large-scale use of ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s power sector may be thrown open to foreign investors

Posted on 13/06/2007

Dubai may open its power generation industry to foreign investment for the first time and build nuclear electricity plants in an effort to meet demand that is surging by 20 per cent annually, an official said yesterday. Companies like International Power, Suez and AES Corporation may be allowed to invest in the emirate's power plants if they are "able to deliver at a cost-effective price”, said Saeed Al Tayer, Chief Executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa). "In case their ...  >>MORE

No cancer causing agent in Abu Dhabi tap water

Posted on 06/06/2007

Drinking water in Abu Dhabi is free from chromium 6, a chemical thought to cause cancer in humans when it is consumed in drinking water, an official said yesterday. "Tests conducted on drinking water in Abu Dhabi showed that it is absolutely free from hexavalent chromium or chromium 6, which was reported to have caused cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in humans," Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaisa, director of communication and information at the Abu Dhabi Food Control Agency, told Gulf ...  >>MORE

Second phase of national power grid inaugurated

Posted on 29/05/2007

The second phase of the national power grid was inaugurated today. Electricity network in Sharjah was inter-connected with its peers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Waleed bin Khadem, Director of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), said the Abu Dhabi power network was linked with that of Dubai with a 400kv dual carriage line and then with that of Sharjah with the same voltage capacity. 'The power grid of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) will be fed in the third phase ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans to build giant power and water project

Posted on 26/05/2007

Dubai is planning to build one of the world's largest power and desalination complexes, a multibillion dollar plant that would produce nearly as much power as New York City's total generating capacity. The new plant would be capable of producing 9,000 megawatts of electricity and 600 million gallons a day of desalinated water, Dow Jones Newswires reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the project. Dubai's planned mega-complex will sit next to Dubai World Central, intended to be ...  >>MORE

Eight bidders race for UAQ desalination plant

Posted on 17/05/2007

The bid for the 16 million gallon water desalination plant being built by IMDAD has been closed with eight international companies participating in the bidding. The bid closed on April 30, 2007 and the tenders' evaluation is expected to be completed within 6 weeks while another tender for the Transmission and Distribution Network for a capacity of 35 million gallons per day, will be floated by the end of June 2007. IMDAD, a joint venture between the government of Umm al-Qaiwain and the Saudi ...  >>MORE

TAQA Q1 assets hit record value of Dh 52.7b

Posted on 15/05/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company ( TAQA) yesterday announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2007. According to the statement, the company's assets soared by 69 percent to reach Dh 52.7 billion, up from Dh 31.2 billion registered during the same period of 2006. Taqa's revenues during the first quarter also rose to Dh 1.5 billion, compared with Dh 698 million in the first quarter of 2006. "The results reflect the success of the company's acquisition strategy that helped it ...  >>MORE

TAQA plans to become a global diversified firm

Posted on 23/04/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has set its eyes on becoming a global diversified energy company through acquiring leading firms, said Chairman Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, while speaking at the annual general meeting yesterday. Updating stakeholders on the rapidly expanding company's progress in 2006, he said: "Reflecting on our achievements in 2006, it is clear that TAQA has delivered." "The first year as a public joint stock company TAQA has taken significant steps towards ...  >>MORE

ADWEA opens Fujairah 2 bids

Posted on 22/04/2007

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) opened on Thursday tenders submitted by international bidders for the Fujairah independent power and water project (Fujairah 2). The second-phase development of the Fujairah power and desalination complex calls for the addition of 2000 MW of electricity and 130 million gallons of water a day. ADWEA Chairman Sheikh Diyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan said 'The tough competition shown by international developers on the strategic project is yet another ...  >>MORE

Bids in for Abu Dhabi sewerage privatisation

Posted on 17/04/2007

Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) yesterday announced opening of bids for the project to privatise the emirate's sewerage sector. Prices offered by the bidders were in the range of Dh 1.5 and Dh 3.66 per cubic meter. ADWEA's Chairman Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that sewerage privatisation was the first project of its kind in the wastewater sector and the seventh in the privatisation programme implemented by ADWEA in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Campaign to reduce water consumption

Posted on 16/04/2007

A drive to cut down water usage in certain high consumption areas, such as worker accommodations and hospitals, is under way as well as plans for extra sewerage treatment plants. Worker accommodations are some of the highest consumers of water in Dubai with almost 400 litres used per person per day in unregulated consumption areas, revealed the Global Water Management Congress inaugurated by Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, yesterday. The municipality has ...  >>MORE

UAE consumes 3.2b cubic metres of water annually

Posted on 14/04/2007

UAE consumes more than 3.2 billion cubic metres of water every year, a senior officer from the environment agency has warned. Mohammad A. Dawoud, said given the declining water levels and a general deterioration in groundwater quality, the protection and conservation of fresh groundwater is of vital importance. Mohammad S. Al Asam, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Environment and Water, also said 115 dams have been built to artificially recharge the depleting groundwater ...  >>MORE

Adwec predicts jump in power usage

Posted on 14/04/2007

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (Adwec) is estimating that real estate and mixed use mega projects in excess of Dh630 billion will require a formidable expansion in power generation capacity up to 2020. Of the current peak demand of 4,790 megawatts (MW), only 15 mw are developer-connected, while the company is estimating that 506MW will be developer-connected this year. "With the fast pace of growth in Abu Dhabi, early assessment of the future power demand is needed, as we ...  >>MORE

UAE has one of highest water consumption rates in world

Posted on 26/03/2007

Another first for the UAE was highlighted at the Middle East Power & Water Conference 2007, with the seven emirates edging near the top of the global index for the highest water consumption per capita. However, according to UAE's Minister for Environment & Water, Dr Mohammed Al Kindi, the pressured utilities sector, specifically water conservation, has been a priority agenda for some time now. "The UAE has 114 water dams with a joint capacity of 118 million cubic metres of rain water. ...  >>MORE

UAE's electricity generation capacity to go up by 60pc

Posted on 25/03/2007

Increasing demand for power and water is a concern in the UAE, as both are in short supply. The demand for electricity in the UAE is not only increasing but also accelerating due to the flourishing real estate projects, increased industrialisation and the increasing population, according to a report by Global Investment House. Anticipating this increase in demand, there are plans to raise the country's capacity for electricity generation by as much as 60 per cent by 2010. The current total ...  >>MORE

Empower aims to borrow Dh1.83b to fund projects

Posted on 14/03/2007

Dubai government-owned district cooling company Empower is looking to borrow $500 million (Dh1.83 billion) this year to fund projects, its chief executive said. "We are in discussions with several banks to raise $500 million this year," Ahmad Mohammad Bin Shafar said. Empower's projected investment will be Dh9 billion in the next five years, he said. The company, whose formal name is Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation and owned by Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (Tecom) and ...  >>MORE

Dewa will spend Dh50bnby 2010 to meet demand

Posted on 05/03/2007

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) plans to spend Dh50 billion by 2010 to expand capacity to meet rising demand for power in the emirate, a senior executive said yesterday. Dubai's demand for power, water and sewerage – services Dewa provides – has been soaring on the back of fast increasing construction activity in city. Dewa will increase generating capacity from 5,000 megawatts today to around 9,500 megawatts in 2010, Dewa Chief Executive Officer Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer ...  >>MORE

Dewa grants US$1.1bn order

Posted on 03/03/2007

South Korea's largest power generator maker, Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company, has received a US$1.14 billion (Dh4.18bn) order from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) to build a thermal power plant in Dubai. The company is expected to start construction this month and finish the project on March 1, 2010, Doosan said in a regulatory filing yesterday. The power equipment for the Jebel Ali M Project will be installed by March 2010, the company said. The ...  >>MORE

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Dewa denies plan to raise tariffs


Dubai eyes first power, water tariff hike since '98


First Power transformer plant in Middle East opened in Abu Dhabi


Sharjah Crown Prince signs two contracts worth Dh561.4 million


Taqa signs agreement with National Power Company of Saudi Arabia


Abu Dhabi to cut household water use by 200 litres a day


Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. sell 40pc stake in Emirates Power to Japan's Marubeni


Abu Dhabi's Taqa to buy Primewest trust for C$5 billion


Khalifa issues decree setting up energy firm


Taqa may open shares to foreign investors by 2012


Sewa to finance new power project


GCC 7b power grid project on track


Taqa readies US$4b buyout plan


Alstom to build 1bn euro power station in Fujairah


Taqa eyes acquisition in North America


Tapping into safe and pure water


Abu Dhabi signs energy deal with Japan-UK group


Ministry of Energy announces key initiatives in 2008-2010 plan


Common framework for water & electricity sector under study: Al Hameli


UAE energy major Taqa's assets grow to Dh56b


SEWA to operate two gas turbines next week


UAE power generation to make a 60% jump by 2011


Taqa and NBAD conclude US$1 billion credit facility


Masdar wins World Clean Energy Award


Dubai’s power sector may be thrown open to foreign investors


No cancer causing agent in Abu Dhabi tap water


Second phase of national power grid inaugurated


Dubai plans to build giant power and water project


Eight bidders race for UAQ desalination plant


TAQA Q1 assets hit record value of Dh 52.7b


TAQA plans to become a global diversified firm


ADWEA opens Fujairah 2 bids


Bids in for Abu Dhabi sewerage privatisation


Campaign to reduce water consumption


UAE consumes 3.2b cubic metres of water annually


Adwec predicts jump in power usage


UAE has one of highest water consumption rates in world


UAE's electricity generation capacity to go up by 60pc


Empower aims to borrow Dh1.83b to fund projects


Dewa will spend Dh50bnby 2010 to meet demand


Dewa grants US$1.1bn order