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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Major milestones in power, water sector

Posted on 06/06/2004

The UAE government is subsidizing power and water services by over one billion dirham a year to ensure easy flow of supplies to customers by affordable prices. Under the instruction of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the government subsidizes electricity and water services by Dh 1.3 billion a year as part of the five-year plan to commission new power and water stations to meet the growing demand due to the rapid increase in population, huge expansion in urban, commercial, ...  >>MORE

Work begins to install twin plants for desalination

Posted on 03/06/2004

Sweet water will soon be flowing in Ras Al Khaimah. The Federal Electricity and Water Authority has begun installing two major water desalination plants at the Ras Al Khaimah Port following an agreement with the emirate. The emirate is in desperate need of the desalination units and imported them from India, officials said. They said the plants will be operational by January. The desalination units will provide RAK with sweet and drinkable water and will have the capacity to produce 10,000 ...  >>MORE

DEWA wins top award

Posted on 30/05/2004

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won the Dubai Human Resources Development Award 2003 as a result of its continuous endeavours and numerous achievements in many fields over the past years. The authority has employed, trained and developed nationals through it highly distinguished methodological education programmes, while taking into consideration the facts of the labour market. The number of UAE national employees at the authority has now touched 644, with many of them ...  >>MORE

UAE signs deals for national power grid

Posted on 15/05/2004

Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais, UAE Minister of Electricity and Water, signed last Wednesday in Dubai a number of contracts with international and local power companies to commence the national power grid project. The Dh814 million project will be implemented as per the instructions of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The project, the implementation of ...  >>MORE

UAE capable of producing 1 million gallons of water per day

Posted on 11/05/2004

UAE's capability to produce water touched about one million gallons per day in 2003 or 11 per cent of overall output capacity of desalinated water around the world, making it the third in rank after the US and Saudi Arabia, according to a senior government official. In a keynote address to a symposium on the French technology in water production, conduction and treatment held at Dubai Fairmont Hotel yesterday, Electricity and Water Under Secretary Ali Al Owais said despite progress in ...  >>MORE

DEWA's water conservation plan helped save Dh10m last year

Posted on 09/05/2004

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) to rationalise water consumption helped save Dh10 million last year. This compares favourably with the savings in 2002 which was Dh4 million. These figures were furnished by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General of DEWA, who said that the results of the water conservation plan, initiated 14 years back, placed Dubai firmly ahead of the cities that fight wastage of water. He said the rate of water loss dropped to 12.34 per cent by the end of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi water consumption set to double by 2020

Posted on 10/04/2004

Water consumption in Abu Dhabi emirate is set to double by 2020 if current trends continue. This was the conclusion of a study by the Environmental Research and Wild-life Development Agency (ERWDA) and the UAE Offsets Group (UOG). Consumption of water in parts of the emirate where the study was carried out will increase from 2,486 million cubic metres to 5,858 million cubic metres. Findings will help shape the Water Resources Management Plan for Abu Dhabi which will also involve a ...  >>MORE

GCC states biggest consumers of desalinated water

Posted on 04/04/2004

A banking newsletter has rated the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as the most important consumers of desalinated water in the world over the past two decades. The UAE Industrial Bank newsletter said in its latest issue the six countries collectively consume 672 billion gallons of water per year at present. The monthly publication said the GCC countries had spent a total of US$40 billion in building desalination plants. He amount includes operation and maintenance ...  >>MORE

DEWA sees 14pc increase in power consumption

Posted on 27/03/2004

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is projecting a 14 per cent increase in power consumption this year, while that for water is set at nine per cent. The corresponding increases for last year were 10 per cent for power and nine per cent for water. At the end of last year, the installed capacity for power output in Dubai was 3,000 megawatts and 188 million imperial gallons per day of water. "This unprecedented growth comes as a direct result of the development plans and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aims to boost capacity

Posted on 23/03/2004

Abu Dhabi will press ahead with its ambitious plans to privatise the water and power sector by expanding or building more water and power plants through international participation. "Following the restructuring of the water and electricity sector, it became necessary to add new IWPP capacity of approximately 1,000-1,500 megawatts every two to three years. This trend is likely to continue," said Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, director of Privatisation, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). ...  >>MORE

UAE power grid contract to be awarded soon

Posted on 23/03/2004

A Dh814 million contract to establish the UAE National Power Grid, which will include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah power grids, will be awarded next month, according to the UAE Minister of Electricity and Water. Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais told a ‘Khaleej Times' correspondent yesterday that seven companies, which participated in the tender and have been chosen out of a number of other bidders for the project, have already submitted their quotations and the contract is likely to be ...  >>MORE

Taweelah A2 completes US$541m refinancing deal

Posted on 16/03/2004

Abu Dhabi's first independent water and power project - the Taweelah A2 - successfully completed a US$541 million landmark refinancing, comprising conventional and Islamic financing. Emirates CMS Power Co, the special purpose company set up in 1998 for the project, signed the refinancing agreement - the first in the Gulf - with several banks led by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD). Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, and Abdulla ...  >>MORE

Campaign to conserve water and electricity

Posted on 16/03/2004

Not all habits are hard to break and with some effort residents can help Abu Dhabi save water and electricity worth Dh70 million a year. Rethink Your Lifestyle - Save Water and Energy is the theme of a massive information campaign launched here yesterday by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) to encourage people to save precious resources and keep the environment clean. The year-long campaign is held in cooperation with Abu Dhabi and Al Ain distribution companies under the ...  >>MORE

Fujairah plans to generate electricity from wind

Posted on 13/03/2004

The Fujairah Government is planning to build several wind parks in the emirate to generate electricity from wind. Specialists from Spain are evaluating readings taken from seven towers erected in the emirates in the past 20 months to determine whether the wind is enough for commercial use, the English language "Gulf News” daily reported yesterday. Dr Fathy Hussain, Engineering Adviser at the Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy (FDIE) and Director of the Fujairah Renewable Energy ...  >>MORE

UWEC preparing to convert Fujairah project to IWPP

Posted on 08/03/2004

The Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) has started making preparations for converting its power generation and water desalination and transmission project at Qidfa in Fujairah into an independent water and power project (IWPP). The plan had been on the company's corporate agenda since its inception in mid-2001 and will be implemented by the end of the third quarter of the current year, according to a report in "UOG News," the latest quarterly publication of the UAE Offsets Group. UWEC ...  >>MORE

Major power failure throws life out of gear in Sharjah

Posted on 07/03/2004

A major power outage hit Sharjah city for two hours yesterday, throwing business out of gear and creating chaos for residents. Analysts estimated the loss at around Dh20 million. Hundreds of thousands suffered as the power failed at 9.10am. A large number of people were reported trapped in lifts, and those living in high rises had to use the stairs to go to work. There was chaos at major traffic junctions as police struggled to control traffic. The power failure led to water shortages in ...  >>MORE

Modern sewage plant set to open

Posted on 06/03/2004

Residents in Sharjah will see more greenery, thanks to a new Dh95 million sewage system that will be fully operational in July. The plant will process 138,400 cubic metres of sewage serving a population of 750,000 and help bring more greenery to the emirate. Engineer Ahmad Mohammed Fikri, director general of Sharjah Municipality, said the opening of the plant marks the completion of the sixth phase of the Sharjah Sewage Project, which will serve more commercial, residential and industrial ...  >>MORE

Ensuring sewage treatment facilities for growing population

Posted on 18/02/2004

Officials are in a race against time to ensure Dubai has sufficient sewage treatment facilities for its growing population. A treatment plant in Al Aweer currently serves part of the city, but it is set to reach full capacity at the end of 2004 - six years earlier than expected - because of the phenomenal rate of growth and unusually high water consumption. Dubai Municipality is now trying to work out how it will manage sewage treatment in the near future, considering that plans for a new ...  >>MORE

UAE will not face power shortages despite surge in demand: Al Owais

Posted on 17/02/2004

Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais, UAE's Minister of Electricity and Water, said the Emirates will not face power shortages despite a remarkable surge in demand. "We are well balanced for future requirements of power and water. There will be no shortage," the minister said while stressing that assisting in the rebuilding Iraq "is a duty." The minister was speaking at a news conference after opening Middle East Electricity, the region's leading exhibition for the industry. This year's Middle Last ...  >>MORE

Injecting 10m gallons daily to raise groundwater level

Posted on 13/02/2004

A massive 10 million gallons of treated water will be injected into the ground each day in a pioneering project that has been started by Dubai Municipality. The ambitious scheme involves raising the depleted level of the water table by forcing treated sewage water underground. The project, the first of its kind in the country, is also expected to help reduce groundwater salinity levels, which have shot up in recent years. The shortage of fresh water is one of the main concerns of Dubai's ...  >>MORE

UAE's water demand will double by '10

Posted on 23/01/2004

Demand for desalinated water in the UAE will double by 2010, according to Mutaz Ghandour, chief executive of Metito, which has interests in wastewater and desalination treatment projects. Over 50 per cent of the world's desalination projects are in the Gulf and the Arab world is forecast to invest over US$30 billion in new projects by 2025. Moreover, demand for desalted water in the UAE will double by 2010. The company yesterday started the ground work on its Dh50 million global headquarters ...  >>MORE

SEWA budget totals Dh1.8b

Posted on 14/01/2004

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) announced yesterday the details of its budget for 2004, which amounted to a total of Dh1.8 billion to be spent on projects for developing power, water and gas infrastructure and services in the emirate. Ali Abdullah Al Nooman, SEWA Director-General, describing the new budget as being ambitious, said that it would help boost development efforts. Al Nooman said that the bulk of the new budget amounting to Dh1.78 billion will go towards the ...  >>MORE

DEWA project to improve power supply

Posted on 13/01/2004

A Dh347 million project to improve Dubai's electricity transmission has been agreed between the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Emirates Trading Agencies. It will involve the construction of nine major substations and enhance the reliability of DEWA's transmission network as it gears up to meet growing demand. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA general manager, said the substations and new cable network will be at Jebel Ali Free Zone, International City, Arabian Ranches and ...  >>MORE

UWEC seeks equity partner for Fujairah project

Posted on 07/01/2004

The Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) has invited international power developers to submit by February 1, their expressions of interest for taking equity stake in its power generation and water desalination and transmission project at Qidfa in Fujairah. The invitation is in line with UWEC's stated objective of converting the venture into an independent water and power project (IWPP), the privatisation policy of the Abu Dhabi government and the ongoing privatisation of the power and water ...  >>MORE

DWEA signs deal for setting three power stations

Posted on 07/01/2004

The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority, DWEA, yesterday signed a deal with one of the local construction companies on the setting up of a number of power stations and laying of high voltage cables at the cost of Dh262 million. The contract includes the construction of three main stations with a capacity of 132 kw and laying down of cables with a total length of 92 km. Eleven of the cables with a total length of 80 km 132 voltage plus 12 km of fibre cables. In a statement after signing the ...  >>MORE

Electricity industry growing, future depends on development of grid: EIB report

Posted on 06/01/2004

The electricity industry in the UAE has been growing consistently each successive year. The changes brought about by increased demand have not only seen increased production and installed capacity, but also structural changes and technological improvements. The future of electricity industry in the UAE, or the entire Gulf, however, depends to a great extent on the development of internal, regional and cross-regional grid, according to a new study by the Emirates Industrial Bank, EIB. The ...  >>MORE

Dh 800m spent annually to cut cost of electricity, water

Posted on 29/12/2003

More than Dh800 million is offered annually by the government to reduce the cost of electricity and water on UAE national and expatriate consumers, according to Saeed Majid Al Shamsi, Director-General of Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA). Al Shamsi pointed out that the government's contribution constituted of about 60 per cent of the total cost of electricity and water in the areas covered by the authority, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” The authority would also ...  >>MORE

Gross energy production rises in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/12/2003

The gross energy production in Abu Dhabi emirate's electricity sector's in 2002 was 22,108,219 MWhs, which was 7.24 percent greater than the previous year, according to the 2002 annual report of the Regulation and Supervision Bureau for the Water and Electricity Sector in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The report said the power generation companies' energy production for 2001 and 2002 highlights the significant increase in production that has occurred at the two Independent Water and Power Producers (IWPP) ...  >>MORE

Vivendi-Mitsui alliance secures ADWEA contract

Posted on 22/12/2003

A French-Japanese alliance has been selected by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) as the developer for the Taweelah RO (reverse osmosis), the first independent water project (IWP) in the country. The estimated Dh1.1 billion plus project, which suffered considerable delay, has been awarded to the French water major Vivendi and Japan's Mitsui & Co, officials confirmed yesterday. "This is the first such project in this region. Mitsui is involved in several such projects in ...  >>MORE

UWEC to supply 90 mg/d a day of water to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/12/2003

The Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) will supply up to 90 million gallons a day (mg/d) of desalinated water to Abu Dhabi from its first power generation, water desalination and transmission project in Fujairah. UWEC has acquired the license for the transportation, delivery and storage of bulk water in Abu Dhabi from the Regulation & Supervision Bureau of the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, which regulates the power and water sector in the emirate. The water will be ...  >>MORE

Conservation strategies improve water table

Posted on 30/11/2003

Though water conservation is not new to the local populace, the UAE in recent years has also been considering the issue more seriously, and initiating a number of successful projects to explore alternate avenues. According to United Nations estimates, as many as 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion have no access to adequate sanitation. Each year, more than two million children die from water-borne diseases. Traditionally, water conservation is woven into ...  >>MORE

Construction on Dh 37 million desalination plant begins

Posted on 23/11/2003

Construction work on the Dh 37 million water desalination station at Ghalilah, north of Ras Al Khaimah, has begun, according to FEWA officials, a report in "Al Ghorfa” magazine, published by the RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture. The officials said that the project would be completed by the first half of next year. The station will pump 3 million gallons per day of desalinated seawater, through reverse osmosis techniques. Two new desalination stations will contribute to water ...  >>MORE

Fifth IWPP for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/11/2003

Abu Dhabi's fifth independent water and power project (IWPP) will be the Taweelah B/C plant development and expansion, now that the Al Mirfa project is on hold, officials said yesterday. International companies who had submitted their statements of qualifications have been informed by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) that it has been decided to expand the Taweelah B plant and build a new power and desalination plant called the Taweelah C. The new plant to be developed, ...  >>MORE

Ajman sewerage project on progress

Posted on 09/11/2003

Works on Ajman Sewerage project is progressing satisfactorily with 17 per cent of the pipe network has been completed so far, a project source said. Edward Fayad, Project supervisor, said that over 60 per cent of land-owners will be connected to the sewage system before the end of 2004 and the remaining 40 per cent will be connected over the final 18 months of the project's development. His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, has ...  >>MORE

UWEC advances with second Fujairah project

Posted on 09/11/2003

The Union Water Electricity Company (UWEC) has started pre-qualifying companies for the engineering, procurement and construction of its second power generation and water desalination project, according to the latest issue of 'UOG News,' the quarterly publication of the UAE Offsets Group. Fourteen international and regional companies have submitted pre-qualification documents and a list of prequaliers is expected to be ready by the end of November, the report said. UWEC's second project is ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to harness wind power

Posted on 06/11/2003

The Fujairah government is keenly looking at the possibility of boosting its power requirements with wind energy. A high-ranking delegation will leave this month for Spain to meet experts in the renewable energy to evaluate readings from the seven towers erected in the emirate over the past 18 months. Dr Fatty Hussein, Engineering Advisor at the Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy (FDIE) and Director of the newly-established Fujairah Renewable Energy Centre (FREC), said the local ...  >>MORE

Al Mirfa utility project shelved

Posted on 28/10/2003

Al Mirfa, Abu Dhabi's fifth independent water and power project (IWPP), has been shelved and the Taweelah B plant is likely to be developed instead, top officials said yesterday. At least 16 international companies had submitted their statements of qualifications to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and were awaiting the Request for Proposals (RFPs) "The Al Mirfa power plant expansion will not take place now," a senior official of ADWEA told Gulf News without specifying ...  >>MORE

Dolphin, ADWEA and UWEC sign long-term agreement

Posted on 20/10/2003

Dolphin Energy Limited (DEL) announced today the signature of binding agreements to supply natural gas to two of the UAE's leading power and water companies. During successive ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, the contracts were signed for the supply of future Dolphin gas to the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and the Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC). The signings took place at the Palace of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State ...  >>MORE

Japan firms win Dh3b DEWA project

Posted on 14/10/2003

A consortium led by Japanese majors Mitsubishi and Toshiba has won the Dh3 billion project to develop the 'L' power and desalination plant in Jebel Ali. Italy's Fisia Italimpianti will handle the desalination part, which is estimated at more than Dh1 billion, while ETA-Ascon and Alstom are also part of the project. According to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the project will add 860 megawatts of power and 70 million imperial gallons a day of desalination capacity. ...  >>MORE

Wells inaugurated in Liwa

Posted on 08/10/2003

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday hailed President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his wisdom in securing a bright future for his people. Schroeder said this while attending the inauguration of drinking water wells in Umm Al Hosn in the Liwa area in the presence of Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Executive Council member and Chairman of the Economic Department, and a number of senior UAE and German officials. Schroeder said that his talks with Sheikh Zayed ...  >>MORE

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Hamdan welcomes UAE-Oman power grid agreement


Major milestones in power, water sector


Work begins to install twin plants for desalination


DEWA wins top award


UAE signs deals for national power grid


UAE capable of producing 1 million gallons of water per day


DEWA's water conservation plan helped save Dh10m last year


Abu Dhabi water consumption set to double by 2020


GCC states biggest consumers of desalinated water


DEWA sees 14pc increase in power consumption


Abu Dhabi aims to boost capacity


UAE power grid contract to be awarded soon


Taweelah A2 completes US$541m refinancing deal


Campaign to conserve water and electricity


Fujairah plans to generate electricity from wind


UWEC preparing to convert Fujairah project to IWPP


Major power failure throws life out of gear in Sharjah


Modern sewage plant set to open


Ensuring sewage treatment facilities for growing population


UAE will not face power shortages despite surge in demand: Al Owais


Injecting 10m gallons daily to raise groundwater level


UAE's water demand will double by '10


SEWA budget totals Dh1.8b


DEWA project to improve power supply


UWEC seeks equity partner for Fujairah project


DWEA signs deal for setting three power stations


Electricity industry growing, future depends on development of grid: EIB report


Dh 800m spent annually to cut cost of electricity, water


Gross energy production rises in Abu Dhabi


Vivendi-Mitsui alliance secures ADWEA contract


UWEC to supply 90 mg/d a day of water to Abu Dhabi


Conservation strategies improve water table


Construction on Dh 37 million desalination plant begins


Fifth IWPP for Abu Dhabi


Ajman sewerage project on progress


UWEC advances with second Fujairah project


Fujairah to harness wind power


Al Mirfa utility project shelved


Dolphin, ADWEA and UWEC sign long-term agreement


Japan firms win Dh3b DEWA project


Wells inaugurated in Liwa