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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Adwea seeks foreign partner for IWPP

Posted on 21/11/2005

Singapore's Sembcorp and Belgium's Suez Tractebel are the frontrunners to win the right to act as foreign partner on the brownfield Fujairah independent water and power project (IWPP), after proposals were submitted and opened by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea) on Nov.16, The Gulf Today said in a report. According to the unevaluated bid opening results, Sembcorp submitted the highest offer, at US$1.343 billion, for the project, just US$5 million above Tractebel's quote of ...  >>MORE

Bids in for Fujairah plant BOOM contract

Posted on 18/11/2005

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) on Wednesday started evaluation of the bids submitted by four international companies for a project to develop and expand power plants in Fujairah on the Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (BOOM) basis. Companies from Singapore, France, Japan and the UK submitted their offers for the contract, valued at USD 1.3 billion to 1.2 billion, to expand capacity of the existing plant and to develop a new one adjacent to it. The contract involves ...  >>MORE

ADWEA has made a giant stride forward in reforms: Sheikh Dhiyab

Posted on 13/11/2005

Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, has said that the ADWEA had made a giant stride forward on its way to effecting great changes in its structure. In a statement in this year's ADWEA annual issue, Sheikh Dhiyab said the changes were in the light of the Abu Dhabi Government's vision on the role the sector should be playing to meet the demands of modern administration and economy. He said ADWEA's administrative structure had ...  >>MORE

Taqa declares Dh702 million as 3Q profit

Posted on 11/11/2005

The Abu Dhabi National Power Company, Taqa, has declared a net profit of about Dh702 million for the last three months. According to Taqa Board Chairman, Hamad Al Hurr, his outfit had sent to the Abu Dhabi Securities Market a letter on the company's financial statement. He said the total assets of the company as at the end of last September stood at Dh30 billion, adding that per share profit stood at 15 fils. The financial statement showed that the company's total sales of water and electricity ...  >>MORE

Wind energy to power Dubai

Posted on 11/11/2005

Wind energy may soon be powering homes in Dubai if a pilot project is successful. Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced they have appointed a consultant to study the feasibility of using wind energy in Dubai. "If proven feasible, it will be utilised for a pilot project initially," Saeed M. Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of DEWA, told Gulf News. Wind speeds in the UAE often exceed the minimum of seven metres per second required to harness power, often ...  >>MORE

Per capita consumption highest in the world

Posted on 23/10/2005

Water consumption in the UAE is the highest in the world, exceeding 100 gallons per person every day with an annual growth rate of 8-10 per cent. Groundwater levels in the country have dropped at a rate of one metre every year for the past 30 years. Sharjah consumes over 10 billion gallons of water every year. The per capita consumption of water is around 300 litres per day and experts warn that unless consumption is cut, the emirate will face severe water shortages in the future. The ...  >>MORE

Mansour issues decree on drinking water in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 22/10/2005

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, has issued an administrative decree on drinking water in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Under the 18-article decree, the Authority shall assume the responsibility of making sure that the provisions stated thereof are applied and that control over drinking water, from whatsoever source it is extracted, is maintained to ensure its potability from a health point of view. The ...  >>MORE

Sharjah power generation at 1,800MW

Posted on 09/10/2005

The power generation capacity in Sharjah has increased to 1,800 megawatt following the commissioning of two new gas turbines in the Wasit Power Generation and Desalination Plant by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) last summer. Ali Abdullah Al Nouman, Director-General of SEWA, said that the recently completed fifth phase of the Wasit plant cost Dh230 million and that included the supply, installation and operation costs, according to a report in Khaleej Times. 'This is over ...  >>MORE

Power generation rises in Sharjah as two gas turbines enter service

Posted on 07/10/2005

Power generation capacity in Sharjah has increased to 1,800 megawatt following the commissioning last summer of two new gas turbines in Wasit power generation and desalination plant by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). Ali Abdullah Al Nouman, SEWA's director general, said the recently completed fifth phase of the Wasit plant cost Dh 230 million including supply, installation and operation . "This is over and above Dh 30 million spent in civil works of the project," he ...  >>MORE

US$325 million syndicated financing facility for power plant project

Posted on 14/09/2005

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co.Ltd (HECC) and Arab Bank plc yesterday signed a US$325 million-equivalent multi-tranche facility to finance a Power Station EPC contract for the Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Station. The project is owned by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA). The signing ceremony was attended by Sun Kyu Kim, CFO & Executive Vice President of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. and Mr. Eun Young Kim, Asia-Pacific Area Executive of Arab Bank plc. ...  >>MORE

UAE leads the way in aerosol experiment

Posted on 09/08/2005

The UAE is once again playing a pioneering role, this time in the area of a unified aerosol experiment. The Department of Water Resource Studies (DWRS) of the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs is now close to completing its research. The DWRS is jointly conducting in-depth research on the experiment, with the NASA radiation sciences programme, the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory Base programme. More than 60 scientists from 8 countries and 24 institutions were ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi orders capping of groundwater wells in the Western Region

Posted on 08/08/2005

Abu Dhabi Municipality has started capping around 630 wells in Abu Hassa area, Western Region, in a bid to save groundwater. The move is in implementation of the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and resolution of Abu Dhabi Executive Council to rationalize consumption of groundwater. Meanwhile, pumping of water out of 210 wells in Al Ashoush and Al Ajban areas will be stopped as water level is shrinking and salinity slightly increasing. However, alternative ...  >>MORE

Dh200m desalination plant commissioned

Posted on 23/07/2005

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) recently commissioned a new water desalination plant here as part of its effort to solve the problem of water supply in RAK, both to residents and industry. "The Dh200 million new facility has a capacity to produce 10 million gallons of desalinated water daily," Saeed Majid Al Shamsi, Director-General of FEWA, told ‘Khaleej Times.' The commissioning works in the station has been finalised and it will soon be fully operational, he said, ...  >>MORE

UAE water consumption one of the highest in the world

Posted on 23/07/2005

UAE has one of the highest water consumption levels in the world compared to Western countries due to climatic conditions and high per capita income, according to a study by Emirates Industrial Bank. The demand is increasing year-on-year due to growth of population and growth in tourism , as the UAE also supports 'transit population' which increases the demand of water consumption. Moreover, the UAE also has the highest per capita consumption of bottled water (265 litres per year) which is ...  >>MORE

Rolls-Royce wins Dh147m Sharjah power contract

Posted on 19/07/2005

Rolls-Royce will supply Trent-60 power generation sets to power the latest phase of the Wasit power plant expansion under a Dh146.8 million deal with Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). The contract, won in association with Geco Mechanical and Electrical Limited, is for two Trent-60 dual-fuel generating sets with a combined output of almost 80 megawatts operating at 40 degrees C. The units, which are intended to operate for 5,000 hours a year are scheduled to be operational by ...  >>MORE

ADWEA signs Dh2.18 billion agreement to develop Taweelah B plan

Posted on 10/07/2005

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, has signed a US$2.18 billion agreement with a consortium of local, regional and international banks to finance the development of the Taweelah B plant. The announcement of the new agreement reflects another success for the Abu Dhabi government's privatisation programme for the water and electricity sector. The agreement consists of foreign investment loan of US$1.24 billion from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, while a number ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler issues law power connections

Posted on 09/07/2005

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued a law vesting Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) with the right of connecting or disconnecting electricity, water and natural gas services to and from rented properties. Under law No.1 for 2005, no rented property owner, whether in person or via his agents or subordinate employees, is allowed to tamper with any instruments, connections, fittings or any type of equipment related ...  >>MORE

US$2.18b financial close concludes

Posted on 09/07/2005

The Taweelah B Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) yesterday successfully concluded a US$2.18 billion financial close. The Project is being developed by a consortium led by Marubeni Corporation, BTU Power Company, Powertek Berhad and JGC Corporation, together with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) as a majority 60 per cent shareholder, according to dailies. It involves the acquisition and expansion of the existing B plant with a power and desalination capacity of ...  >>MORE

New energy company set up in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 22/06/2005

In his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate, President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued here Tuesday an Emiri decree, establishing a new energy company in Abu Dhabi with a capital of Dhs4.1 billion. To be a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), the new company, to be known as The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, (Taqa) shall be headquartered in Abu Dhabi and shall be a public joint stock company. According to Article (4) of the Emiri decree, ...  >>MORE

ADWEA, Injazat ink 10-Year IT Outsourcing Contract

Posted on 12/06/2005

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding with Injazat Data Systems awarding Injazat a 10 year IT outsourcing services deal to manage all of ADWEA's information technology requirements, including the transfer of over 150 of ADWEA Group's IT staff to Injazat. ADWEA's Board Chairman, Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed satisfaction with the agreement. "This deal will further support the continuing success of ADWEA and our ...  >>MORE

Dubai Holding announces the launch of Dubai Energy

Posted on 08/06/2005

Dubai Holding announced yesterday the launch of its new member Dubai Energy to spearhead its investments in strategic regional and global energy opportunities. The company will focus on building a diversified global energy investment portfolio and further strengthening regional and international alliances. During the past few years, the energy sector has undergone major metamorphosis creating opportunities previously unconceivable. Volatile energy prices, insatiable demand, evolving ...  >>MORE

Hyundai Construction wins US$696 million order from UAE

Posted on 31/05/2005

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., South Korea's top contract builder, won a US$696 million (700 billion) order on Monday to build a gas turbine combined-cycle power plant in the United Arab Emirates, the company said. Construction of the 1,200-megawatt power plant at the Jebel Ali power complex in Dubai is expected to take 35 months and be completed by April 2008, according to the company. The combined-cycle technology involves burning gas firstly to turn a gas turbine to produce power ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans US$544m IPO of Power Company

Posted on 21/05/2005

Abu Dhabi plans a 2 billion dirham (US$544 million) initial public offering of a private power company in the last week of June, a government official said in remarks published yesterday. Emirates CMS Power Co is 60 per cent owned by state-run Emirates Power Co and 40 per cent by US power firm CMS Energy. "We will offer 50 per cent of Abu Dhabi government's 60 per cent stake,” Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, told an Arabic daily. He said ...  >>MORE

SEWA to increase water output by 35%

Posted on 09/05/2005

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), in two years, will increase its water production from the current 70 million gallons per day (gpd) to 95 million gpd. This will be in addition to an increased production of 10 million gpd in Khor Fakkan and Kalba stations. SEWA is also in the process of building a strategic underground, state-of-the-art water tank with a capacity of 500 million gallons, approximately 50 kilometres away from Sharjah City. These announcements were made by the ...  >>MORE

Dhiyab Bin Zayed ratifies Taweelah "B" Financial Facilities Accord

Posted on 26/04/2005

Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, ADWEA, signed yesterday the Financial Facilities Agreement for Taweelah " B" project. A group of local, regional and international banks and financial institutions are involved in the financing of the Dh11 billion deal over a period of 20 years. The banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of the project include Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ...  >>MORE

UAE has highest per capita water use

Posted on 22/04/2005

Demand for bottled water has increased substantially over recent years and as of now the UAE leads the world in per capita consumption of this category of drinking water. With its experience in meeting such a huge domestic demand, the UAE would be the venue for a global gathering aimed to address demand and supply concerns in the bottled water industry world over, according to 'The Gulf Today.' The second "Global Bottled Water Congress" would be held from Sept 20 to Sept 22 at the Madinat ...  >>MORE

Holding company to take over the privatised IWPP

Posted on 19/04/2005

Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) said yesterday that a holding company is under establishment which will take over the shares and interests of the Government of Abu Dhabi in the privatised Independent Water Power Projects (IWPP). In an interview with Khaleej Times, at the sidelines of a two-day international summit on privatisation of infrastructure facilities, Sheikh Diab said that the company which would have a paid up capital ...  >>MORE

UWEC set for privatisation

Posted on 17/04/2005

Abu Dhabi, which aggressively pursued privatisation of its water and power assets, said it is working on the second phase of the process through which shares of an Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) would be off-loaded to general public through an IPO, while 40 per cent shares of the Union Water and Electricity Company (UWEC) would be sold out to a strategic buyer. We have started the process, pushing the second phase forward offering subscription of shares", said Abdullah Saif Al ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Deputy Ruler inaugurates new premises in Dibba Al Fujairah

Posted on 15/04/2005

Sheikh Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Deputy Ruler of Fujairah, inaugurated on Wednesday the new premises of Fujairah Electricity and Water Authority in Dibba Al Fujairah City. The ceremony was attended by Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of Energy, Ali bin Abdullah Al Owais, Under Secretary of Ministry of Energy, Saeed bin Majid Al Shamsy, Director General of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, FEWA, and a number of officials. After the inauguration, Sheikh Hamad, accompanied by the ...  >>MORE

Natgas-powered vehicles to hit Sharjah streets

Posted on 12/04/2005

Natural gas powered vehicles will soon be taking to the streets of Sharjah. Natural gas powered engines are known to reduce gas emissions and the cost of fuel consumption, according to the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), whose 300 vehicles are being designed to run on natural gas. The cost of fuel consumption is set to drop by Dh2 million a year, said the director of SEWA's Natural Gas Distribution Department, engineer Tariq Rashid Dimas. Government departments, companies, ...  >>MORE

ADWEA takes steps to set up its sixth IWPP

Posted on 01/04/2005

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority has initiated the process to develop its sixth independent water and power project, the takeover and expansion of the Qidfa, Fujairah plant. "Following the Executive Council resolution, ADWEA has taken over the Union Water and Electricity Company [UWEC] that built the power and water desalination plant in Qidfa, Fujairah. ADWEA will take over and expand the plant," a senior ADWEA official told "Gulf News.” "The acquisition and expansion will ...  >>MORE

New power stations enter Dubai Grid service

Posted on 26/03/2005

Commissioning tests of nine 132/11 kv transformer stations are underway prior to being connected to the Dubai power grid in three months time, according to an official at the Dubai Electricity and Water authority (DEWA). Saeed M. Al Tayer, Managing Director Chief Executive of DEWA, said the project is the biggest of its kind in the field of transformer stations with a total cost of Dh 346 million. "The stations will serve various parts of Dubai, particularly recently-planned areas and ...  >>MORE

Hamili opens Middle East Electricity 2005

Posted on 07/03/2005

Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of Energy, opened today the Middle East Electricity Exhibition (MEE) at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Celebrating 30 successful years in the region, Middle East Electricity 2005 event is the largest in the history of the show, with a huge increase of 21% on last year. Middle East Electricity will feature over 700 exhibitors from around 47 countries of the world displaying over 400 product sectors. As well as a large presence from the GCC ...  >>MORE

Empower offers world-class district cooling services

Posted on 02/03/2005

The Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) - one of Dubai Holding entities - is finalising negotiations with several large companies in Dubai to provide cooling systems. The deals are expected to boost the size of Empower's investments to Dh2 billion over the next five years. Ahmed bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower, pointed out that although the company is just over a year old, Empower has started working on three big projects that will require cooling systems of ...  >>MORE

FEWA builds new power and desalination plant in Ajman

Posted on 02/03/2005

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority is spending Dh1.7 billion on a new power and desalination plant currently being built in Ajman, said a senior official. This is part of FEWA's continuing development projects worth Dh3.15 billion. "The board has approved construction of the first phase of a new power and desalination plant in the Al Zawahara area in Ajman," Yahya A.K. Ahmad, deputy director-general of FEWA's Technical Affairs, told Gulf News. The project is expected to be ...  >>MORE

ADWEA signs tripartite agreement to own shares in Oman Oil Co.

Posted on 26/02/2005

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has signed here today a tripartite shareholder's agreement with the Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. (OOC) and the Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) in the development of a proposed 650 kilotonne per annum aluminium smelter project in Sohar, Oman, it was announced last Wednesday by ADWEA. Sixty per cent of the USUS$2 billion deal, would be financed by local banks, notable among them are the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADCB, the First Gulf Bank, FGB, the ...  >>MORE

New technology to help reduce water usage

Posted on 17/02/2005

New irrigation technology for future Nakheel projects could reduce water usage by 80 per cent, scientists supported by the property developer said. A research institution developed the technology. The property developer had been researching ways to reduce the cost of irrigating land around its development projects, which it described as a "problem". "We outsourced technology to cut down on irrigation problems," said Dr Imad Haffar, manager of research and development at Nakheel. "All ...  >>MORE

ADWEA to play a leading role in the Gulf

Posted on 12/02/2005

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is set to play a leading role in the Gulf, said senior officials from the power industry. The officials said: "With additions of new Independent Water and Power Projects (IWPP), ADWEA will be among the largest water utilities in the world. The Emirates National Grid (ENG) and GCC connection will ensure that power supply to other GCC states may be met by UAE in future, ENG is a prelude to GCC connection. The company is also active in its ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to have Dh3.5 billion water-power plant

Posted on 05/02/2005

The Abu Dhabi Government-owned Union Water and Electricity Company PJSC is planning to set up a water desalination and power generating station in Qidfa District in Fujairah at an initial cost of Dh3.5 billion. The company has already conducted a feasibility study for the project, the company's second in the same district in Fujairah. According to studies, the station will produce between 800 and 1,000 megawatts of electricity and 100 million gallons of water per day. In statements to ‘Al ...  >>MORE

DEWA will invest Dh20b to raise utility capacity

Posted on 03/02/2005

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will sign contracts worth Dh7 billion this year as part of its projected Dh20 billion investment to expand capacity by 2010, said its top official. The new investment will increase DEWA's power generation capacity to 9,800 megawatts from the current 3,833, and desalinated water capacity to 110 million gallons per day (gpd) from the current level of 61.48 million. Six international contractors and consortia have been shortlisted for the second ...  >>MORE

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ADIC buys majority of Al Wathba


Adwea seeks foreign partner for IWPP


Bids in for Fujairah plant BOOM contract


ADWEA has made a giant stride forward in reforms: Sheikh Dhiyab


Taqa declares Dh702 million as 3Q profit


Wind energy to power Dubai


Per capita consumption highest in the world


Mansour issues decree on drinking water in Abu Dhabi


Sharjah power generation at 1,800MW


Power generation rises in Sharjah as two gas turbines enter service


US$325 million syndicated financing facility for power plant project


UAE leads the way in aerosol experiment


Abu Dhabi orders capping of groundwater wells in the Western Region


Dh200m desalination plant commissioned


UAE water consumption one of the highest in the world


Rolls-Royce wins Dh147m Sharjah power contract


ADWEA signs Dh2.18 billion agreement to develop Taweelah B plan


Sharjah Ruler issues law power connections


US$2.18b financial close concludes


New energy company set up in Abu Dhabi


ADWEA, Injazat ink 10-Year IT Outsourcing Contract


Dubai Holding announces the launch of Dubai Energy


Hyundai Construction wins US$696 million order from UAE


Abu Dhabi plans US$544m IPO of Power Company


SEWA to increase water output by 35%


Dhiyab Bin Zayed ratifies Taweelah "B" Financial Facilities Accord


UAE has highest per capita water use


Holding company to take over the privatised IWPP


UWEC set for privatisation


Fujairah Deputy Ruler inaugurates new premises in Dibba Al Fujairah


Natgas-powered vehicles to hit Sharjah streets


ADWEA takes steps to set up its sixth IWPP


New power stations enter Dubai Grid service


Hamili opens Middle East Electricity 2005


Empower offers world-class district cooling services


FEWA builds new power and desalination plant in Ajman


ADWEA signs tripartite agreement to own shares in Oman Oil Co.


New technology to help reduce water usage


ADWEA to play a leading role in the Gulf


Fujairah to have Dh3.5 billion water-power plant


DEWA will invest Dh20b to raise utility capacity