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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Taweelah B project financing closure set for first quarter

Posted on 21/01/2005

The US$2.5 billion (Dh9 billion) in financing required for the US$3 billion (Dh10.8 billion) Taweelah B project will be finalised by the second quarter, bankers said. "The total debt financing of US$2.5 billion [Dh9 billion] includes senior debt of US$2 billion [Dh7.2 billion] and US$500 million [Dh1.8 billion] in equity bridge financing. We expect the financial close some time in the second quarter," said Charlie Seymour, Director of Project and Export Finance (Power and Utilities) for ...  >>MORE

ADWEA signs Dh11 billion Taweela B Agreement

Posted on 20/01/2005

The Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, ADWEA, has signed a Dh11 billion agreement for the Taweela "B" project. The contract was won by a conglomerate of companies, headed by Japanese company, Marubeni Corporation. ADWEA's Board Chairman, Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who signed the agreement yesterday, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, which was signed in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in implementation of the strategy of the ...  >>MORE

Marubeni-led group wins three billion dollar power, water project in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/01/2005

Japanese Marubeni Corp. announced here today that the group that it leads has won a three billion dollar power generation and water desalination project in Abu Dhabi. The consortium will build a one-million-kilowatt thermal power plant and a plant that can produce 300,000 tonnes of water daily in the Taweelah complex by July 2008, the company said in a statement. Under a 20-year contract with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), the consortium would also buy an existing ...  >>MORE

ADWEA sells 51% of its stake in Al Wathba to ADIC

Posted on 05/01/2005

As part of its privatisation plan, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is selling 51 per cent of its stake in one of its companies to the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), a senior company official said. "ADWEA and ADIC have reached an agreement whereby ADWEA will sell 51 per cent of its holding in the Al Wathba Company for Central Services," the official told Gulf News yesterday. "The agreement for the transfer of ownership will be signed within two months." Al Wathba ...  >>MORE

Arab leaders call for better use of water resources

Posted on 04/01/2005

Arab leaders used the inaugural session of the Arab Water Council's meeting in Dubai yesterday to call for better use of water resources. "[When it comes to water], the situation faced by the Arab world in general, and the Gulf in particular, could be characterised by low rainfall and limited surface water resources," said Saeed Bin Mohammad Al Raqbani, UAE Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. "The dependence of the Arab countries on traditional agriculture, among other factors, means we ...  >>MORE

Khalifa sets up two power companies

Posted on 29/12/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, three Emiri decrees. In the first decree, Sheikh Khalifa appointed Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council (ADEC), Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, as under secretary for the court of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Chairman of the ADEC. According to the second decree, a company named Al Taweelah United Power shall be set up as a public joint stock venture with a capital of Dh 2.3 billion to be ...  >>MORE

UAE is world's third largest water consumer

Posted on 26/12/2004

At present, the UAE is the world's third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada. The consumption of water is expected to increase by 44 per cent to 3.2 billion cubic metres by 2025, according to a survey. The ever increasing demands of water in the country is met by an extensive desalination programme, and it has made the country now the second largest producer of desalinated water after Saudi Arabia, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” Recently, Degremont, Suez's ...  >>MORE

DEWA begins commissioning of Dh 800mn expansion of Aweer power station

Posted on 01/12/2004

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced the execution of Phase II of the AI Aweer Power Generation Station which is considered the principle support to DEWA's electricity production capacity to satisfy the continuous growth of demand, fueled by gigantic and unprecedented construction boom witnessed by Dubai. Saeed Mohammed AI Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, stated that the Phase II of the Aweer Power Generation Station (Station H) was planned in accordance with ...  >>MORE

SEWA awards GE contract for Wasit expansion project

Posted on 01/12/2004

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has awarded US General Electric Company a contract for supplying, commissioning and operating of two new turbine with total capacity of 200 MW.A Dh 229 million contract in this respect was signed today by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler. The contract included a Dh 30 million for civil and engineering works. The contract was in response to instructions by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al ...  >>MORE

UAE's electricity output shows robust growth

Posted on 18/11/2004

The UAE's electricity production increased by eight per cent from 40,118 million kilowatts per hour (Kw/h) in 2000 to 43,174 million Kw/h in 2001 and 45,119 million Kw/h in 2002, according to latest figures available from the Ministry of Planning. Although electricity generation is growing consistently year on year, demands is also increasing and distribution remains a challenge when electricity has to be carried to each remote corner of the country. The source of electricity production ...  >>MORE

New GCC desalination projects to cost Dh40b

Posted on 11/11/2004

Some 35 new water desalination and power projects involving a total investment of Dh40 billion are in the pipeline in the GCC countries. The projects, which will be completed by 2015, include 22 desalination plants to be set up in Saudi Arabia alone, according to a study by the Emirates Industrial Bank. Arab countries have invested some $40 billion so far in the construction of desalination plants. The cost includes operational and maintenance expenses, according to a report in "Khaleej ...  >>MORE

ADWEA tenders major water project

Posted on 02/11/2004

Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has invited 12 international companies to submit bids by November 21 for the third phase of the Mussafah-AI Ain water transmission scheme, according to a report in the latest issue of Middle East Economic Digest, MEED. The estimated Dh 800 million- 1,000 million ($217 million to $272 million) scheme is divided into two packages. The first lot calls for the construction of five pumping stations at Shubaishi with a 3,060-cubic metre-an-hour ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed inaugurates wind power plant in Sir Bani Yas Island

Posted on 25/10/2004

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office, inaugurated yesterday in Sir Bani Yas Island the first wind power plant on the Arabian Peninsula. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department and Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority. A ...  >>MORE

UAE starts wind power plant

Posted on 25/10/2004

First wind power plant: A view of the first wind power plant on Sir Baniyas Island in Abu Dhabi which was inaugurated by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the Office of the President. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Sir Bani Yas Island gets Wind Power Plant

Posted on 24/10/2004

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's office, will inaugurate in Sir Bani Yas Island today the first Wind Power Plant (WPP) on the Arabian Peninsula. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be attended by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department and Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority. ...  >>MORE

Civil works on for UAE power grid

Posted on 02/10/2004

Civil works have got off the ground for the UAE-wide power grid and its master design is being finalised, according to a top industry official. The inter-connectivity of power supply among the seven emirates is among the more ambitious projects being undertaken in the country, which would then pave the way for integration with the GCC power grid. "Equipment for the transmission and distribution for the UAE grid are under manufacture at our plant in France, and first shipments should start ...  >>MORE

Water and electricity privatisation plan unveiled

Posted on 02/10/2004

Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, ADWEA, has said that the continued support of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for the water and Electricity sector has ensured to make it possible that the UAE citizen and residence enjoy a decent and comfortable life. 'Sheikh Zayed's wise policies transformed Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, into one of the international financial centres ...  >>MORE

Sewerage system ready by 2006

Posted on 22/09/2004

The emirate's sewerage infrastructure will be ready in two years now that 70 per cent of its network has been completed, the director-general of the municipality said. Engineer Ahmad Mohammad Fikri told "Gulf News” yesterday the main sewerage pipelines in 22 residential areas in Sharjah have been laid and that buildings in the area are ready to be connected to the whole sewerage network "very soon". He said the work will allow the emirate to complete its sewerage infrastructure by the end ...  >>MORE

ADWEA tenders pipelines

Posted on 19/09/2004

Local and international contractors are preparing to submit bids for three major water conveyance contracts in Abu Dhabi. The contracts, totalling at least US$300 million, are being tendered by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), according to a report in a recent issue of the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED). About seven companies have been invited to submit joint financial and technical bids by September 29 for an estimated US$100 million transmission scheme between Mussaffah ...  >>MORE

UAE may build Gulf’s first nuclear power plant

Posted on 14/09/2004

The UAE, the No. 3 oil producer in the Middle East in August may build the first nuclear-power plant in the Gulf as the country seeks to nearly double power production by 2010. "We are considering building a nuclear power plant because it is cheaper than buying natural gas to fuel power stations, said Ahmad Al Darmaki, Director of Planning and Development at the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, in a phone interview from the capital. He did not give a cost estimate. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi needs Dh20 billion to raise water and power output up to 2010

Posted on 05/09/2004

Abu Dhabi's water and electricity sector needs to invest Dh 20 billion to produce 9,475 MW and 791 million gallons of waters per day to meet the Emirate's growing demand between 2000 and 2010, according to Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI). 'This will open the door wide for privatisation of more public firms,' said the ADCCI in a report about privatisation. The report noted that the concept of privatisation was also embraced by Dubai with a broad sense of application to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi may name 5th IWPP developer in October

Posted on 05/09/2004

Abu Dhabi Government is expected to officially announce the name of the developer for the fifth independent water and power project (IWPP) by October 2004, said sources from power sector. The Taweelah B project which is the fifth IWPP based in Abu Dhabi with a 1000MW capacity and 85 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) is reported to have three bidders. Japan-based Marubeni, Tractabel and International Power, and Total are said to be the three. Total and Tractabel, have already handled ...  >>MORE

Power and water set for total privatisation

Posted on 04/09/2004

Abu Dhabi initiated privatisation of its power and water sector in late 1998, but since then it has maintained an excellent track record in speedy privatisation with four independent water and power projects (IWPPs). Selection of a developer for the fifth IWPP is in the final stages. More important, Abu Dhabi is on track to achieve complete privatisation of this vital sector by 2006 when 100 per cent of its generation and desalination capacity will be in private hands. "The government ...  >>MORE

Northern Emirates’ power demand to double in 5 years

Posted on 29/08/2004

Demand for power in Northern Emirates is expected to double from 1,140MW in the nextfive years, power industry experts say. The existing demand of 1,140MW is being met by Fujairah Electricity and Water Supply, FEWA, and Union Water and Electricity Company, UWEC. In the entire Northern Emirates belt, Fujairah is believed to be most strategically located for future power investment, due to its proximity with the ocean. Industry sources opine that there are strong rumours of a potential steel ...  >>MORE

DEWA plans three major power plants

Posted on 25/08/2004

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, is setting up three major power plants and extending its network of cable lines at a cost of Dh262 million with the power plants likely to be commissioned before the end of the year, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA general manager. The project includes the setting up of three main power plants with each having capacity of 11/132 kilowatts and up to 12 kilometres of optic fibre cables. The DEWA chief said this project comes in the ...  >>MORE

Union Water completes key Fujairah power line

Posted on 22/08/2004

The Union Water and Electricity Company (UWEC) has completed the 400kV transmission line that connects the Fujairah Water and Power Plant and the Federal Electricity and Water Authority network at Al Dhaid. With the completion of this transmission line, the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) network can use the entire power generation capacity of Fujairah Water and Power Plant (FWPP) to meet the growing power demand in the northern emirates. The FWPP and the 400kV ...  >>MORE

Expats consume 50% of SEWA water

Posted on 22/08/2004

The expatriate community in Sharjah set a record in water consumption by suing around 50 per cent of the total water consumed in the emirates in 2003. Resident expatriates consumed 5,165.13 million gallons of water (mg) last year. This is slightly below 50 per cent of the total consumption in 2003. This trend is expected to continue in the current year, sources at the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) said. The total quantity of water sold in Sharjah during 2003 stood at 12, ...  >>MORE

ERWDA study assess water consumption in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 16/08/2004

The present total annual water consumption in the eastern and central regions of Abu Dhabi emirate stands at 2,486 million cubic metres, according to a recent study. The study revealed that of this 2,486 million cubic metres or 69 per cent is used for agriculture, 124 million cubic metres or 5 per cent for forestry, 219 million cubic metres or 8 per cent for amenity planting – gardens, parks and roadside plantations – and 451 million cubic metres or 18 per cent is used by households. Of the ...  >>MORE

Dh100m project will help resolve electricity disruptions quickly

Posted on 01/08/2004

A new Dh100-million power project in Sharjah will significantly reduce the time of electricity disruptions. The project, housed in the Substations Control Facility of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), is expected to be fully operational by April 2005, authorities said. It will be a nerve centre for monitoring and managing power outages and was established under the directives of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. It ...  >>MORE

New power supply line for Al Ain

Posted on 14/07/2004

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is putting the final touches to a new power supply line to Al Ain region. The project, scheduled to be concluded this month, is a part of ADWEA's efforts to meet the ever-increasing power and water demands of the booming Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate, according to the "Khaleej Times.” According to its yearly statistical book, the Al Ain Municipality has issued 12,902 new trade licences during the year 2002, 66 of which were in the ...  >>MORE

Japan-US venture top bidder for Taweelah project

Posted on 12/07/2004

The Japanese-US alliance of Marubeni Corporation and BPU Ventures is the top bidder for Abu Dhabi's fifth independent water and power project (IWPP), the estimated US$1 billion Taweelah B/C project and a final selection is slated for the end of this summer. The joint consortium of Belgium's Tractabel and UK's International Power (IP) was a close second. The bids were opened yesterday by the client, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) following a postponement of the final ...  >>MORE

ADWEA, OOC, Alcan to build aluminium smelter in Sohar

Posted on 03/07/2004

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Oman Oil Company (OOC) announced yesterday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alcan Inc. for the joint development of a proposed 330-kilotonne per annum aluminium smelter project. The venture, which will be based in Sohar Industrial Area, is 40 per cent owned by OOC, 40 per cent by ADWEA and 20 per cent by Alcan, a press statement said. Alcan will also have the option to acquire up to 60 per cent of a planned second ...  >>MORE

Dh500m Abu Dhabi Power Bond issued

Posted on 29/06/2004

The pioneering Dh500 million Abu Dhabi Power Bond was launched yesterday, marking the first asset backed securitisation for an infrastructure-related project in the Gulf. It will pave the way for more such bonds in the sector. The bond securities the long-term loan extended to the Taweelah A2 project and will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange to be followed by listing on local and regional markets. National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) is the lead arranger for the bond, lead managed by ...  >>MORE

Three global developers in race for Abu Dhabi IWPP

Posted on 29/06/2004

Three international developers are in the race for Abu Dhabi's fifth independent water and power project (IWPP). The date for final submission of bids has been postponed by three weeks for the estimated US$950 million Taweelah B project. The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has postponed the bids' submission dates to July 11, the Middle East Economic Digest (Meed) reported. The bids were due on June 21. The pre-qualified developers in the race are the UK's International Power ...  >>MORE

GCC panel reviews progress of power grid project

Posted on 24/06/2004

The GCC Power Grid Authority met yesterday to review progress on the first phase of the project. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council last month approved a funding plan for the GCC power grid project, which is estimated to cost US$6 billion. The first phase, which involves linking the grids of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, will cost US$869 million, is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2008. Under the first phase, a 422-km overhead line will link Kuwait's Al-Zour ...  >>MORE

DEWA plans expansion of power station (H)

Posted on 24/06/2004

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) gives bidders until August to submit their technical offers for the commissioning the second phase of increasing generating capacity of station (H) in Al Awaeer. Managing Director of DEWA Saeed Al Tayer said the project was part of DEWA master plan to raise its geneartion capacity to meet growing demand due to urban and socio-economic expansion in the emirate. 'The new plan will add 400 megawatts to the station's existing capacity of 600 megawatts,' ...  >>MORE

Water consumption in Abu Dhabi to rise

Posted on 19/06/2004

Water consumption in the eastern and central regions of Abu Dhabi will increase to 5,858 million cubic metres by 2020 from the current rate of 2,486 million cubic metres, a study has shown. The UAE Offset Group, UOG, -sponsored study completed recently by UK-based Mott Macdonald was designed as a step in developing a comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan for Abu Dhabi, according to a report in the UAE dailies. According to a report in the recent issue of UOG's newsletter, the ...  >>MORE

Gulf demand continues to drive desalination spending

Posted on 17/06/2004

The installation of new desalination capacity will require worldwide expenditure of at least US$95,000 million over the next decade, according to a recent report by London- based Global Water Intelligence (GWI), the Middle East Economic Digest, MEED, said in a June issue. The report said : "Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of spending will be accounted for by the Middle East. The combination of rapidly growing populations, depleted ground water resources and the retirement of old desalination ...  >>MORE

UAE, Oman sign agreement on electricity grid

Posted on 14/06/2004

The UAE and Oman signed in Abu Dhabi yesterday a bilateral agreement to link their two countries on a common electricity grid. Minister of Electricity and Water, Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais signed the agreement for the UAE side, while Oman's Minister of Housing, Electricity and Water, Dr. Khamis bin Mubarak Al Alawi, also signed for his country. The agreement reflects the excellent relations between the two countries and their wishes to enhance cooperation in the areas that serve the electricity ...  >>MORE

Hamdan welcomes UAE-Oman power grid agreement

Posted on 14/06/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, received yesterday Omani Minister of Housing and Electricity Dr. Khamis bin Mubarak Al Alawi. Sheikh Hamdan welcomed the power grid agreement signed by the UAE and Oman, saying it came within the framework of the deep-rooted exemplary bilateral ties. 'The power grid is one of the most promising projects as it will enable both countries benefit from the electricity spare capacity and reduce costs ...  >>MORE

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DEWA will invest Dh20b to raise utility capacity


Taweelah B project financing closure set for first quarter


ADWEA signs Dh11 billion Taweela B Agreement


Marubeni-led group wins three billion dollar power, water project in Abu Dhabi


ADWEA sells 51% of its stake in Al Wathba to ADIC


Arab leaders call for better use of water resources


Khalifa sets up two power companies


UAE is world's third largest water consumer


DEWA begins commissioning of Dh 800mn expansion of Aweer power station


SEWA awards GE contract for Wasit expansion project


UAE's electricity output shows robust growth


New GCC desalination projects to cost Dh40b


ADWEA tenders major water project


Mansour bin Zayed inaugurates wind power plant in Sir Bani Yas Island


UAE starts wind power plant


Sir Bani Yas Island gets Wind Power Plant


Civil works on for UAE power grid


Water and electricity privatisation plan unveiled


Sewerage system ready by 2006


ADWEA tenders pipelines


UAE may build Gulf’s first nuclear power plant


Abu Dhabi needs Dh20 billion to raise water and power output up to 2010


Abu Dhabi may name 5th IWPP developer in October


Power and water set for total privatisation


Northern Emirates’ power demand to double in 5 years


DEWA plans three major power plants


Union Water completes key Fujairah power line


Expats consume 50% of SEWA water


ERWDA study assess water consumption in Abu Dhabi


Dh100m project will help resolve electricity disruptions quickly


New power supply line for Al Ain


Japan-US venture top bidder for Taweelah project


ADWEA, OOC, Alcan to build aluminium smelter in Sohar


Dh500m Abu Dhabi Power Bond issued


Three global developers in race for Abu Dhabi IWPP


GCC panel reviews progress of power grid project


DEWA plans expansion of power station (H)


Water consumption in Abu Dhabi to rise


Gulf demand continues to drive desalination spending


UAE, Oman sign agreement on electricity grid


Hamdan welcomes UAE-Oman power grid agreement