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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

UAE's electricity systems to be interconnected

Posted on 08/02/2007

The electricity systems of several emirates will be interconnected within two months as rising population and new industrial units increase power consumption throughout the country, a senior official said. The UAE-wide power grid will provide more stable electricity supply and allow energy exchange among emirates, said Waleed Ali Salman, director of electricity at the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa). Fewa's utility operations cover Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm ...  >>MORE

New water facilities to ease supply in Northern Emirates

Posted on 08/02/2007

The UAE's fast developing Northern Emirates are set to see an increase in water supply in the next few years as the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) is planning to build major desalination plants in the region. "We have contracted a six million gallon per day desalination plant in Ajman, which will cost about Dh80 million, and we are going to float a tender for expansion in just two to three months time,” said Mohammad Saleh, the director of water at Fewa, giving details of ...  >>MORE

TAQA to acquire CMS Generation

Posted on 07/02/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) announced yesterday the purchase of CMS Generation, a subsidiary of the US integrated energy firm CMS Energy (CMS). When finalised, the deal will provide TAQA with an additional 4,300 MW (gross) of generation capacity and further deepen its skills as a best-in-class independent water and power plant (IWPP) developer and operator. The transaction places TAQA in four new countries (Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and India) where Abu Dhabi has ...  >>MORE

UAE needs diversification of energy sources: expert

Posted on 20/01/2007

The increasing current and future demand for energy in the UAE mandates diversification of energy resources to include renewable energies, stressed today a renowned British energy expert. In his lecture today at the information affairs office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister, Neil Walker said "power and water infrastructure projects in the GCC countries have witnessed a boom due to a sufficient level of stability which made developers willing to risk capital." ...  >>MORE

TAQA buys Talisman Energy stake in North Sea assets

Posted on 18/01/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (ADSM: TAQA) announced that it has agreed to purchase Talisman Energy's non-operated interests in the Brae assets of the UK North Sea for an undisclosed sum. Talisman Energy Inc.'s wholly owned UK subsidiaries Talisman Energy (UK) Limited and Talisman LNS Limited (Talisman) entered into the agreement with TAQA Bratani Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). The sale, which is subject to the usual government ...  >>MORE

TAQA wins two international awards for 2006 bond deal

Posted on 16/01/2007

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (ADSM: TAQA) announced that it has been presented with two prestigious awards for industry excellence in 2006 - 'Emerging Market Deal of the Year' and 'Middle East Corporate Bond of the Year'. Together with lead arranger Goldman Sachs, TAQA made a dazzling entry into the international capital markets in September of 2006, pricing the largest ever straight bond issue from the Middle East - a three-tranche blow-out totalling the equivalent of USD 3.5 ...  >>MORE

Adwea awards US$94m contract to India's L&T

Posted on 04/01/2007

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has awarded a Dh346.68 million (US$94.33 million) contract to India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the construction of six major electrical substations in Al Ain. "According to the terms of the contract, L&T will supply and install 33/11kV primary substations to the specifications of the international consultant Mott MacDonald," L&T said in a statement obtained by Gulf News. "The project, which includes design and construction of civil ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi raises Dh40b from utility privatisation

Posted on 28/12/2006

Abu Dhabi has raised Dh40 billion by privatising five utility projects so far, a top official said while announcing a Dh5 billion finance package for another in Fujairah. Barclays Bank led a consortium of banks for a Dh5 billion package for Fujairah's independent water and power project (IWPP) that will help it raise its power generation from 650MW to 850MW and a daily capacity of 100 million gallons of water. "Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) successfully privatised its ...  >>MORE

Nine transformer plants planned by DEWA

Posted on 07/12/2006

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded contracts to construct nine main 132/11 kv power transformer stations and lay transmission cabling. DEWA will further build two main 132/11 kv transformer stations, one in the Industrial Area 1 and the other in the Industrial Area II. The projects' cost estimates are put at Dh1.017 billion. Out of the total cost, Dh117 million has been allocated to the construction of two main transformer stations while other eight contracts have been ...  >>MORE

Total, Suez to refinance Abu Dhabi power project

Posted on 06/12/2006

France's Total and Belgium-based Suez Energy are investing US$400 million (Dh1.46 billion) to expand Abu Dhabi's second independent water and power project and will seek refinancing for the project, an official said on Tuesday. "We are adding 250 megawatts (MW) of power to the Taweelah A1 plant with an investment of US$400 million," Guy Richelle, CEO of Suez Energy Middle East, told Reuters. When the expansion is completed, total capacity would rise to 1,600 MW, he said. Commercial ...  >>MORE

Global companies team up to bid for Fujairah II project

Posted on 11/10/2006

International companies are forming alliances as the deadline nears for submission of expressions of interest (EoI) for Abu Dhabi's Dh11 billion (US$3 billion) seventh independent water and power project (IWPP), Fujairah II, officials said. The last date for submitting the EoI for Fujairah II is October 25. "We will be forming a consortium and currently we are talking to our potential partners. The Fujairah II project is a large one and it is advantageous to go with a strong partner," said ...  >>MORE

DEWA to invest Dh55b in ten years

Posted on 02/10/2006

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will invest more than Dh55 billion to triple the emirate's power generation and water desalination capacity in the next 10 years, a top official said. DEWA "will invest more than Dh55 billion between 2006 and 2015 to improve the emirate's utility sector to meet the expected demand," Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, DEWA's chairman and chief executive, told Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. "DEWA ...  >>MORE

Umm al-Qaiwain to have water department

Posted on 27/08/2006

Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Deputy Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain has issued decree No. (8) for 2006 establishing a department of water in the emirate. According to the decree, the new department shall be body corporate with complete competence to discharge its duties and function. It shall take over the rights, assets and properties of the water section at Umm Qaiwain municipality and assume its responsibilities. The department shall prepare studies on the future demand for water for ...  >>MORE

Emirates National Grid to be operational before November

Posted on 19/08/2006

With the interconnection of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) grids, the country is closer to link the country before November 2006 deadline, making Emirates National Grid (ENG) operational. "The successful electric power interconnectivity was achieved recently, said a source. The main objective of the ENG project is to provide a flexible operation, enable electric power trading between all the UAE electrical authorities, ...  >>MORE

GCC electricity inter-exchange grid project to be operational in five years

Posted on 12/08/2006

Riyadh - The electricity grid which will connect the six GCC states is expected to be completed by 2010, according to a report by the GCC Interconnection Authority. Tendering for the first section of the project has been completed. The total value of the 14 contracts would reach US$1.1 billion, according to the Director-General of the Authority, Saleh Bin Hussain Al Awaji, which he said was "less than we earlier estimated". The first section of the interconnectivity project will link Qatar, ...  >>MORE

ADWEA, Sembcorp sign agreement for Dh 6.4 billion Fujairah power plant

Posted on 08/07/2006

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Singapore's Sembcorp has signed an agreement to develop the Dh6.4 billion Fujairah power and water plant project. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADEWA and Tang Kin Fei, Sembcorp's Chairman, President and CEO. Under the terms of the agreement, Sembcrop will acquire 40 percent stake in the project while ADWEA will retain the remaining 60 percent stake. The project involves expansion of the ...  >>MORE

Groundwater levels in decline

Posted on 25/06/2006

The declining level of groundwater is set to challenge the UAE's policy of artificially maintaining greenery. "One of the main challenges facing the water resources is saving water in the agriculture sector,” said Majid Al Mansouri, the Secretary-General of the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD). Mansouri was reacting to a United Nations report entitled Environmental Global Deserts Outlook 2006. The report highlights the UAE as being one of the most water-imperilled nations in the ...  >>MORE

Dh35 billion for water, power sector in 5 years

Posted on 25/06/2006

The water and electricity sector, which spearheaded the privatisation wave in Abu Dhabi, will continue to stay in step with utilities in the vanguard of the movement and is set to attract an estimated Dh35 billion in investments over the next five years. The latest report issued by the information centre of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) expected the investment in all sectors to reach Dh600 billion in another five years. The construction sector is projected to ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to increase power generation capacity by 60pc

Posted on 21/05/2006

The demand for electricity in the UAE is not only increasing but accelerating due to the flourishing real estate projects, particularly the mega shopping malls and the ever increasing population. 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, according to a report by Emirates Industrial Bank(EIB). The current total capacity for electricity production in the UAE is around16.22 thousand ...  >>MORE

ADWEA to sign US$1.35bn deal with Sembcorp for power

Posted on 09/04/2006

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) will sign US$1.35 billion (Dh4.95bn) water and power purchase agreement with Sembcorp of Singapore for the privatisation of the Fujairah Union Electricity Plant, an official said yesterday. "ADWEA is working presently on legal matters to sign up the deal. This is the penultimate step in the process of privatisation. The deal went to the highest bidder,” said Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, director of privatisation at ADWEA, on the sidelines of ...  >>MORE

SEWA starts work on Dh1 power desalination plant

Posted on 09/04/2006

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has started work on a project to construct a power generation and water desalination plant in Al Hamriyah The project, to be implemented in line with the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, involves supply and installation of four gas turbine units at a total capacity of 400 Megawatt. Once completed, the power generation unit will be able to produce 2,000 Megawatt and the ...  >>MORE

Egyptian company awarded Dh759m ADWEA contract

Posted on 28/03/2006

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has awarded a contract involving laying a pipeline between Al Taweelah and Umm Al Nar and building water storage facilities at a total cost of Dh 759 million (1.2 billion Egyptian Pounds), the Egyptian Investment Minister announced on Sunday.. Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin said in a press conference he held here that Egyptian Contracting Company won the contract, predicting a rise in flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) to Egypt. "FDIs inflow is ...  >>MORE

EMPOWER signs exclusive contract with iMPZ

Posted on 26/03/2006

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER) announced today that it has signed a contract with International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) to supply 140,000 tons of district cooling over the next 25 years. The agreement was signed by Hamad Huraiz, iMPZ's Director of Operations and Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of EMPOWER at a signing ceremony held recently, according to a press release. As part of the contract, EMPOWER will provide district cooling services to the entire IMPZ project ...  >>MORE

DEWA signs over Dh3.6b contracts at WETEX 2006

Posted on 15/03/2006

As part of its strategic plan to increase its production capacity, enhance and expand its networks, DEWA celebrated the signing of 2 contracts at a value of Dh3.626 billions at the WETEX 2006. On behalf of DEWA, the first contract for the construction and commissioning of the second phase of the power production and desalination plant ('L' Station) was signed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, while on behalf of the Project's Contractor, it was signed by the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi-Dubai power grid link set for next month

Posted on 14/03/2006

The power grids of Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be connected next month, allowing the two emirates to share energy resources, said Ministry of Energy officials. The connection will take the country one step closer to the planned Emirates National Grid. "From April onwards, Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have the ability to exchange energy. At the moment, each of the emirates produces its own electricity but in the future they will be able to share it with others," said Saoud Aziz Ali Ghalib, Assistant ...  >>MORE

"Abu Dhabi faces power & water shortfall by 2010": ADWEC

Posted on 13/03/2006

By 2010, Abu Dhabi will face a considerable gap between capacity and requirements for power and water, according to Keith Miller, Head of Planning and Studies Department at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC). Miller, who was speaking at MEED's 3rd Middle East Power and Desalination Conference in Abu Dhabi, announced new independent water and power projects (IWPP). He said: "Changes in land ownership laws in 2005 and the release of surplus oil revenues for major infrastructure ...  >>MORE

DEWA invites bids for Dh5.5b utility project

Posted on 11/03/2006

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has invited bids for a new power and desalination plant, M Station, which will increase power generation by 2,000 mega-watts and water desalination capacity by 105 million gallons per day, estimated to cost Dh5.5 billion. This will be DEWA's largest power and desalination plant to be commissioned by 2010, and is being floated ahead of the signing of a major contract for the L Station Phase II. The tender comprising two packages the power ...  >>MORE

Presidential decree regulates deep water resources in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/03/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Law Number 6 for 2006 on regulation of drilling of water wells Article three of the law stipulates that a license must be obtained from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD,) before carrying out any works such as drilling a new well, deepening an existing well, increasing well's diameter, boosting water recovery by using a pump, replacing an old well, transporting or selling well's water. ...  >>MORE

New SEWA power plant to use GE gas turbines

Posted on 24/02/2006

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has selected GE Energy's gas turbine technology for the Hamriyah power station. Under a deal inked between the two sides, GE will supply four Frame 9E gas turbines for phase one of the simple cycle base load power plant, which will add 380 MW of capacity to the Sharjah electricity grid. The primary fuel will be natural gas. The UAE has demonstrated strong growth in electricity demand in recent years. Annual growth peaked at 14.1 per cent in ...  >>MORE

Taqa net grows to Dh843m

Posted on 08/02/2006

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company's (Taqa) net annual profits totalled Dh843 million for the period ended Dec.31, 2005. Operating profits stood at Dh200 million and investment profits at Dh643 million. The company's cumulative profits for the same period will thereby rise to Dh1.346 billion. The company's revenues reached Dh1.67 billion. These profits were for the period between the date of establishment of the company on July 1, 2005 up to Dec.31, 2005, said Taqa Chairman Hamad Al Suwaidi. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi will see significant economic growth this year: Al Shamsi

Posted on 31/01/2006

The emirate of Abu Dhabi will see a significant economic this year, estimated at around 15 per cent, said Salah Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In a statement to WAM during the Power Gen Middle East exhibition here today, Al Shamsi said: "The economy of Abu Dhabi will continue its current vibrancy in various spheres, thanks to the directives of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin ...  >>MORE

ADWEA garners Dh38bn from privatisation drive

Posted on 29/01/2006

The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has attracted Dh38 billion through its privatisation programme so far, the Director of the Privatisation Directorate, Abdullah Al Nuaimi, said yesterday. ADWEA's drive to attract foreign investment, he said, is a "unique” example of the diversification of the emirate's economy. "The future power and water needs of Abu Dhabi are in the range of seven and five per cent respectively. We need an estimated 800MW of power per annum,” he added. ...  >>MORE

DEWA expects daily water demand to reach 341 MGID

Posted on 25/01/2006

Dubai Property Group (DPG), the association of real estate professionals, today hosted the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at its monthly Networking event, where DEWA officials discussed the Authority's current and future plans, and mechanics they have instituted to manage rapidly growing demand for water and electricity in Dubai. Khaled Lootah, Executive Vice President, Project and Engineering Division and Yousef Jebril, Vice President - Corporate Strategy and Planning at DEWA ...  >>MORE

ADWEA and Injazat Data Systems sign major outsourcing

Posted on 04/01/2006

Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADEWA) signed yesterday a Dh 300 million contract with Injazat Data Systems awarding it a 10-year Information Technology (IT) outsourcing contract to manage all of ADWEA's IT requirements. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June 2005 that marked the start of this strategic partnership. Since June, ADWEA and Injazat joint teams have been working collaboratively to shape the service delivery ...  >>MORE

Booming energy markets drive development of power facilities

Posted on 03/01/2006

Power-GEN Middle East will be held from January 30 to February 1, at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre. Expert estimations for the next decade indicate that the GCC investments in the field of power generation could reach US$ 50 billion by 2020. Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouie Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company said 'hosting of this exhibition and conference reflects the high status acquired by Abu Dhabi emirate in the field of international exhibitions ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to free water of chemical

Posted on 02/01/2006

Residents of Abu Dhabi may look forward to healthier living. The authorities have started work on freeing drinking water of high levels of bromate, a chemical thought to cause cancer in humans. The final date to start the procedure in the UAE was December 31, 2005, set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), said a statement from Environment Agency Abu Dhabi yesterday. Officials stressed that the risk of cancer from bromate is very low but its exact role in causing the disease is yet ...  >>MORE

Pilot project will test wind farms as power source

Posted on 26/12/2005

Wind farms to provide part of the city's electricity could become a familiar sight if a pilot scheme is successful. According to renewable energy experts, Dubai's meteorological conditions give the scheme a great deal of potential. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) started research this month to determine which locations might be suitable for the turbines either in the mountains, the desert or near the coast. Offshore wind turbines are not an option as maintenance and ...  >>MORE

Dhiyab inks US$2.4 billion contract for Sohar aluminium smelter in Oman

Posted on 12/12/2005

Muscat - Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADEWA), Maqbol bin Ali Sultan, Omani Minister of Commerce and Industry and Carol Cynthia, CEO of Canadian Alcan Primary Metal Inc., inked yesterday an agreement for commissioning the US$2.4 billion Sohar aluminium smelter. Sheikh Dhiyah also approved the financial close of a set of deals for financing the project. ADEWA will pump US$900 million to develop the project while regional and ...  >>MORE

Inter-emirate power link to be set up soon

Posted on 27/11/2005

The first electricity inter-connection between Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of the Dh850 million Emirates National Grid will be commissioned next March and full commissioning of the project is scheduled for the last quarter of 2006, senior officials said here yesterday. "The project work on the grid is on track and the first inter-connection between the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority and Dubai Electricity (Adwea) and Water Authority is scheduled for March 2006," said Giles Nicoud, ...  >>MORE

ADIC buys majority of Al Wathba

Posted on 24/11/2005

Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC) yesterday announced that it acquired 51 per cent of Al Wathba Central Services Company from Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) which will keep the remaining 49 per cent. ADIC confirmed in a statement that the deal is the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two sides, and will expand cooperation between them. Al Wathba Central Services owns assets which can be developed in cooperation with ADIC to become one of the most important ...  >>MORE

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Dewa grants US$1.1bn order


UAE's electricity systems to be interconnected


New water facilities to ease supply in Northern Emirates


TAQA to acquire CMS Generation


UAE needs diversification of energy sources: expert


TAQA buys Talisman Energy stake in North Sea assets


TAQA wins two international awards for 2006 bond deal


Adwea awards US$94m contract to India's L&T


Abu Dhabi raises Dh40b from utility privatisation


Nine transformer plants planned by DEWA


Total, Suez to refinance Abu Dhabi power project


Global companies team up to bid for Fujairah II project


DEWA to invest Dh55b in ten years


Umm al-Qaiwain to have water department


Emirates National Grid to be operational before November


GCC electricity inter-exchange grid project to be operational in five years


ADWEA, Sembcorp sign agreement for Dh 6.4 billion Fujairah power plant


Groundwater levels in decline


Dh35 billion for water, power sector in 5 years


UAE plans to increase power generation capacity by 60pc


ADWEA to sign US$1.35bn deal with Sembcorp for power


SEWA starts work on Dh1 power desalination plant


Egyptian company awarded Dh759m ADWEA contract


EMPOWER signs exclusive contract with iMPZ


DEWA signs over Dh3.6b contracts at WETEX 2006


Abu Dhabi-Dubai power grid link set for next month


"Abu Dhabi faces power & water shortfall by 2010": ADWEC


DEWA invites bids for Dh5.5b utility project


Presidential decree regulates deep water resources in Abu Dhabi


New SEWA power plant to use GE gas turbines


Taqa net grows to Dh843m


Abu Dhabi will see significant economic growth this year: Al Shamsi


ADWEA garners Dh38bn from privatisation drive


DEWA expects daily water demand to reach 341 MGID


ADWEA and Injazat Data Systems sign major outsourcing


Booming energy markets drive development of power facilities


Abu Dhabi to free water of chemical


Pilot project will test wind farms as power source


Dhiyab inks US$2.4 billion contract for Sohar aluminium smelter in Oman


Inter-emirate power link to be set up soon


ADIC buys majority of Al Wathba