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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Large water reservoirs discovered

Posted on 07/10/2003

Several new water wells have been discovered in the Western Region which can change the face of the desert in the area. The discovery was made through the groundwater exploration programme. So far 190 exploration and 65 groundwater monitoring wells have been drilled, tested and completed. These wells have a total capacity of 135 million US gallons (510,000 cubic metres) per day, showing an average groundwater salinity of 2,500 ppm (parts per million). Significantly, under the same ...  >>MORE

Ajman announces reduced sewerage connection rates

Posted on 29/09/2003

The Ajman Sewerage Company has announced new discounted rates for properties to connect to the sewage system now under construction. The company resumed registration of properties applying the new fee on Saturday. The new connection fees will be applicable to all properties in Ajman after the recent announcement of a 25 per cent discount for property owners by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman. A government spokesman said the ...  >>MORE

Financing of UAE utility completed

Posted on 29/09/2003

The US$1.777 billion financing for Abu Dhabi's fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar, has ended with the closure of the general syndication of long-term debt. One regional bank and two European banks have taken tickets totalling US$54.5 million as part of the general syndication. They are the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, and KBC and Deka Bank. "The primary syndication is closed and further sell-downs will be on an individual basis," a senior banker involved with the ...  >>MORE

Projects underway to meet rise in UAQ power demand

Posted on 27/09/2003

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has implemented several projects in Umm al-Qaiwain to meet increasing power demands. The authority has implemented a wide range of development programmes in this field, aimed to improve the efficiency of services offered to the increasing population. Umm al-Qaiwain's emirate's maximum power requirement recorded a 7 per cent increase to 84 megawatts in 2002 compared with 77 megawatts in 2001. Meanwhile, production capacity of the Umm al-Qaiwain ...  >>MORE

ADWEA and Dolphin win awards

Posted on 23/09/2003

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) was awarded the Middle East Infrastructure Institutional Award at a gala dinner for delegates attending the Middle East Infrastructure Development Congress being held in Dubai in conjunction with DUBAI 2003, while the CEO of Dolphin Energy Limited picked up the Middle East Infrastructure Innovation Award. The awards were presented by Eric Spiegel, senior vice-president of Booz Allen Hamilton to the director of privatisation of ADWEA, Abdulla ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi set for fifth utility sell-off

Posted on 06/08/2003

The selection of developers has begun for the sell-off and expansion of Abu Dhabi's fifth independent water and power project (IWPP), Al Mirfa, confirmed officials yesterday. Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) from international companies for the Al Mirfa project. "The Mirfa project is going in line with our plans. We have invited EoIs from interested companies to be followed by the next stage of pre-qualifying them," said a senior ...  >>MORE

Accession Day 2003 Feature: Electricity and Water

Posted on 30/07/2003

President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is pursuing a sound and balanced policy to provide citizens with the best services, has devoted a lot of attention to the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADWEA). Since its establishment in 1998, ADWEA has carried out a number of projects which have contributed in providing distinct services in the electricity and water sector. ADWEA, which has in recent years carried a general reform in its administrative structure to improve ...  >>MORE

UWEC awards Dh137m deal to Sogex Oman

Posted on 29/07/2003

The Union Water and Electricity Company (UWEC) has awarded a Dh137 million contract to Sogex Oman Company for the operation and maintenance of the water desalination and power generation plant at Qidfa area in Fujairah. The five-year contract also covers the 179km dual pipeline being laid from the plant to Sweihan in Abu Dhabi to pump up to 180 million gallons a day (mgd) of water. UWEC is developing a 656MW power unit and a 100-mgd water desalination plant at the same site. Sogex Oman has ...  >>MORE

Union Water appoints Fitchner

Posted on 21/07/2003

The Union Water and Electricity Co has appointed Germany's Fitchner as project management consultant for its second power generation and water desalination project to be built near the company's first project in Qidfa, Fujairah. Ibrahim Al Ansari, general manager, Union Water, and Frank H. Donnachie, Gulf resident manager, Fitchner Consulting Engineers, signed the contract, said a statement yesterday. Union Water's second project will have an up to 1000 MW power unit and a 100 million gallons ...  >>MORE

Dh40m project to recharge water table

Posted on 13/07/2003

Dubai Municipality is to pump Dh40 million into an ambitious project to raise the depleted level of the water table by forcing treated sewage water into it. 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 major concerns of the municipality. Despite its efforts to maintain water resources, the crisis is expected to increase sharply in over the next few ...  >>MORE

DEWA undertakes Dh31.5m water project

Posted on 09/07/2003

A Dh 31.5 million water project is being implemented in Dubai as part of the emirate's bid to meet growing water demand, according to a senior official at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). 'The project, part of Dubai's master development plan aimed at meeting increasing demand for water due to the massive urban expansion, includes construction of a 240 kms network of water pipelines in various areas in Dubai,' DEWA Director General Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said. He added that 131 ...  >>MORE

Refinancing deal completed for Taweelah project

Posted on 08/07/2003

The US$560 million refinancing of Abu Dhabi's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the Taweelah A2, is nearly complete and the debt-equity ratio has been revised to 80:20. National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) may resort to a bond issue of at least US$100 million from its total underwritten amount of US$155 million. As the first refinancing for a power project in the UAE and the Gulf, this could be a template for future refinancing in the region, bankers said. 'The refinancing of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah implements new water project

Posted on 06/07/2003

Sharjah is currently implementing a project for using space images for ground water exploration, with the support and assistance of a US university. The aim of this research project is to identify potential ground water resources in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates by acquiring, processing and analysing satellite images of the area, says the recently released Annual Statistical Book of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) for the year 2001-2002. The project is one of the ...  >>MORE

US$1.77b financing signed for Umm Al Nar venture

Posted on 04/07/2003

Abu Dhabi's fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar project, achieved financial close yesterday with the signing of an historic US$1.77 billion loan between joint developers led by the UK's International Power and a consortium of local, regional and international banks, major UAE dailies reported today. Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), presided over the signing. The financing is a combination of ...  >>MORE

NBAD leads syndicated facilities for Arabian Power Company

Posted on 04/07/2003

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has led the syndicated facilities for Arabian Power Company, the fourth Independent power and water project in Abu Dhabi, with other local, regional and international banks, by underwriting US$366 million of the total cost of the US$1.8 billion project. An NBAD official said the bank was proud to be part of the largest IPWP deal. NBAD, he said, was playing an active role in onshore security trustee business, onshore account banking, working capital banking ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi clears two power projects

Posted on 29/06/2003

Abu Dhabi has given its final approval to two planned power ventures with a combined capital of more than Dh2 billion which industry sources said would give a strong push to the emirate's drive to privatise its fast growing hydroelectric sector. United Arabian Power Company (UAPC), to be 100 per cent government owned, has a paid-up capital of Dh1.28 billion (US$348.7 million), while Arabian Power Company (APC) has a capital of Dh816 million (US$222.3 million). The two companies, which had ...  >>MORE

294m gallons of seawater desalinated

Posted on 24/06/2003

Around 294.2 million gallons of ground and sea water were desalinated during May at Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain desalination plants, according to the monthly report of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), the "Khaleej Times” said. The report said that desalination plants in Fujairah and Ajman desalinated about 101.8 million gallons of seawater during the previous month. Al Khadfa 1 and Al Khadfa 2 desalination plants in Al Fujairah produced an average of ...  >>MORE

Dh31m desalination plant for UAQ

Posted on 18/06/2003

Umm al-Qaiwain will have a new Dh31 million water desalination station to meet the growing demand for drinking water. His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain, signed on Monday a contract with the Metito International for building the plant. It will produce 2.5 million gallons of water per day. The company will design and install five desalination units, each with a production capacity of 500,000 gallons of water per day. (The ...  >>MORE

UWEC starts producing power, water in Fujairah

Posted on 12/06/2003

The Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) has started producing power and water at its 656 MW power unit and 100 million gallons a day (mg/d) water desalination plant in Fujairah. Production has started one month ahead of the project's schedule. By May 31, UWEC had produced 142 million gallons (mg) of water and 85,193 MWH of power, which was exported to the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) network. "We are delighted to see the first water and power being produced in Fujairah. ...  >>MORE

Mashreqbank in Dh310m deal for DEWA plant

Posted on 12/06/2003

Mashreqbank and Fisia Italimpianti have signed Dh310 million letters of guarantee to meet Fisia's requirements for its recently awarded Jebel Ali L Station project. Fisia Italimpianti, part of the Italian construction group Impregilo, has been contracted to build a desalination plant for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The plant, with a capacity of 70 million gallons per day, will be built as part of the Jebel Ali L Station Phase 1 Power and Desalination Project. Omar Bouhadiba, head ...  >>MORE

Study suggests ways to conserve power

Posted on 09/06/2003

Lack of energy conservation efforts has put the UAE among the world's major consumers of electricity with an estimated 10 per cent annual increase – four times the world average of 2.4 per cent estimated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2001, according to recent research conducted by the UAE University (UAEU). The study also identified air-conditioning as the major power consumer, and urged measures to reduce cooling demand and highlight the need for energy conservation. ...  >>MORE

SEWA natural gas supply soars

Posted on 01/06/2003

Natural gas supplied by Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, SEWA, to consumers soared 139.41 per cent to 12.44 million cubic metres in 2002, from 5.18 million cubic metres in the previous year. The number of consumers in Sharjah city also surged to 45,570 by end-2002 from 32,390 as at end-2001. The total number of connections provided meanwhile stood at 45, 790 and 33,990 respectively. Since the commencement of the second stage of the project to supply Sharjah city with natural gas by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Power-Gen to host regional power generation event for the second year

Posted on 31/05/2003

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Second PowerGen Middle East Conference and Exhibition will be held in Abu Dhabi on October 13 to 15, 2003. Organised by US-based multi-media provider PennWell Corporation in partnership with the General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC), Abu Dhabi, POWER-GEN Middle East is recognised to be the GCC?s leading forum for power professionals worldwide to ...  >>MORE

DEWA implements first phase of Jebel Ali project

Posted on 24/05/2003

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has started implementing the first phase of Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Station project, the first major power and desalination project in Dubai. The aim of the project is to meet requirements of power and water for the ever-growing number of Dubai projects and residents, reports WAM from Dubai. The Dh3 billion project is being implemented as per directives of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime ...  >>MORE

Taweelah A1 commissioned

Posted on 19/05/2003

Abu Dhabi's second independent water and power project (IWPP), the USUS$1.5 billion Taweelah A1, was formally commissioned yesterday, with more projects to be privatised in future. Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), unveiled the plaque of one of the largest IWPPs in the region, and one of the largest cogeneration plants in the world. The project was awarded in 2000 by ADWEA to the joint consortium of France's Total and Belgium's ...  >>MORE

US$1.5b Taweelah plant commissioned

Posted on 11/05/2003

Abu Dhabi's second independent water and power project (IWPP), Taweelah A-1, has been completed and commissioned to provide additional power and water in the capital, confirmed officials. The US$1.5 billion plant, one of the world's largest cogeneration facilities, was developed jointly by the international consortium of France's Total and Belgium's Tractabel, after they were awarded the contract in the third quarter of 2000 by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). "The ...  >>MORE

ADWEA in Sohar smelter talks

Posted on 05/05/2003

Oman and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority are negotiating the establishment of an aluminium smelter in Sohar. The project also involves an unnamed international strategic investor and technology provider, announced a senior Omani official at the International Investment Summit. "LNG-based projects are one of the major focus areas of the Omani government. Several studies commissioned by the government have clearly brought out the comparative advantage in industries on natural gas," said ...  >>MORE

DEWA plans Dh41m Mushref project

Posted on 28/04/2003

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will undertake a Dh41 million project for the supply, laying, testing and commissioning of a new 1,200-millimetre pipeline from Ras Al Khour to Mushref area. The project will take 20 months from the day the contract is awarded. This forms part of the Authority's Water Network Master Plan. The new line will enhance the water transmission capacity to Al Mushref reservoir, which has seen its capacity increase from 60 MIG to 180 MIG. It will "also ...  >>MORE

New firm to operate Umm Al Nar plant

Posted on 23/04/2003

A new company will be formed to operate and maintain Abu Dhabi's fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar plant with two companies from the selected consortium taking equity. Also, the consortium plans to sell the entire output to ADWEA under a 23-year Power and Water Purchase Agreement (PWPA). "The plant will be operated and maintained by an operating company (which will be owned 70 per cent by International Power and 30 per cent by TEPCO) under a long-term ...  >>MORE

Tackling water shortages in Fujairah

Posted on 18/04/2003

The opening of the Institute of Environment and Water at the Fujairah Campus of the Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) has been a boon because the emirate suffers from months of drought. The institute will provide water experts and local organisations with information on the main sources of water and reports on the level of underground water storage. Dr Zainulabideen Rizq, institute director, told Gulf News looking into problems concerning water sources is one of the AUST's ...  >>MORE

Tendering on for Emirates National Grid

Posted on 15/04/2003

The Dh800 million Emirates National Grid (ENG) has entered the second phase with tendering and procurement underway and the scope of the project defined, officials involved with the project said. Also, the financing of the project will be jointly undertaken by the electricity and water authorities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah as well as the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) and Union Water and Electricity Authority (UWEC). "The tendering and procurement process is currently on. ...  >>MORE

UWEC in over Dh137m deal with Sogex Oman

Posted on 07/04/2003

The Union Water and Electricity Co (UWEC) has signed a Dh137 million contract with Sogex Oman for the operation and maintenance of the power and water generation plant in Fujairah. The five-year contract also covers the 179-kilometre dual pipeline being laid from the plant to Sweihan to pump up to 180 million gallons a day of water. UWEC is developing a 656 MW power unit and a 100 mgd water desalination plant at Qidfa in Fujairah. South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co is ...  >>MORE

Sharjah hikes electricity charges

Posted on 03/04/2003

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has decided to raise the electricity tariff due to the continuous increase worldwide in fuel costs, and the strong rise in operation and production costs of the generating station. A circular issued yesterday by SEWA was stuck on all the buildings in Sharjah. It said it has decided to increase the electricity tariff from 15 fills per KW to 17 fills per KW from this month. "We would like to confirm our aim to provide you with the best quality ...  >>MORE

SEWA power output up 11pc

Posted on 29/03/2003

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) generated 5.79 billion kWh of electrical power through its stations in Sharjah City, Khor Fakkan and Kalba last year, up 11 per cent over the previous year. The authority generated 5.212 billion kWh power in 2001, according to the annual statistical report. The highest power generation level last year was registered in August at 701.03 million kWh, while it was July in 2001 with 622.34 million kWh. Generated units sent out by the power stations to ...  >>MORE

US$1.2b financing for Umm Al Nar soon

Posted on 29/03/2003

The US$1.2 billion financing for Abu Dhabi's fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar complex, a combination of debt and equity, will be underwritten by conventional and Islamic banks. The equity portion will amount to some US$440 million. Financial close is set for early July. A general syndication will follow at a later stage, bankers confirmed following a meeting in London last week. Several international, regional and local banks are part of the lead arranging ...  >>MORE

Water situation in the Gulf fragile, but UAE manages to address it: MEW

Posted on 22/03/2003

Despite the serious water situation in the Gulf region, the UAE has been able to address the huge challenges and overcome the problems facing this vital sector, Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water has said. " There are strong indications that water situation in the GCC states is fragile and dangerous, considering the delicate natural water resources," Al Owais warned in his address today marking the fifth Gulf week of water, which is being celebrated under the theme ...  >>MORE

UWEC selects Sogex Oman for Fujairah O&M contract

Posted on 19/03/2003

The Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) has selected Sogex Oman for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the power and water generation plant and the water transmission pipeline of its first power generation, water desalination and transmission project in Fujairah. Sogex Oman submitted the low bid of Dh137.28million (US$37.39 million) for the five-year contract, which is more than 40 percent lower than the second low bid. The other bidders are: Belgium's Tractebe Electricity & Gas ...  >>MORE

Commercial sector biggest power consumer

Posted on 12/03/2003

Dubai's highest consumption of water in 2002 was by the residential sector at 44,429 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD), while the commercial sector was the biggest consumer of electricity at 5,401 giga watts per hour (GWh) out of 13,515 GWh used in the emirate. Latest figures released by the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) showed that the number of power consumers in the emirate rose from 240,855 in 2001 to 248,564 in 2002. Though the volume of power consumed was higher ...  >>MORE

Gigantic reservoir to water Al Ain farms

Posted on 05/03/2003

A gigantic reservoir with a capacity of ten million gallons has been constructed to supply water to farms in the Al Abjan area of Abu Dhabi. The reservoir is the first of its kind in the UAE with huge storage capacity, will soon be handed over to the Private Department of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Another reservoir of similar capacity is nearing completion in the area. They are part of an agriculture plan being implemented under the orders of Sheikh Zayed to ...  >>MORE

Ajman's sewerage project work begins

Posted on 26/02/2003

Construction of the ambitious Dh515 million Ajman sewerage project was officially inaugurated when His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, performed the ceremonial groundbreaking at a site in the heart of the city yesterday. The start of construction follows the recent financial closure being achieved, with the lead arranging group for the 14-year loan for Dh285 million comprising Bayerische Hypound Vereinsbank, Bayerische Lande-sbank, ...  >>MORE

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Wells inaugurated in Liwa


Large water reservoirs discovered


Ajman announces reduced sewerage connection rates


Financing of UAE utility completed


Projects underway to meet rise in UAQ power demand


ADWEA and Dolphin win awards


Abu Dhabi set for fifth utility sell-off


Accession Day 2003 Feature: Electricity and Water


UWEC awards Dh137m deal to Sogex Oman


Union Water appoints Fitchner


Dh40m project to recharge water table


DEWA undertakes Dh31.5m water project


Refinancing deal completed for Taweelah project


Sharjah implements new water project


US$1.77b financing signed for Umm Al Nar venture


NBAD leads syndicated facilities for Arabian Power Company


Abu Dhabi clears two power projects


294m gallons of seawater desalinated


Dh31m desalination plant for UAQ


UWEC starts producing power, water in Fujairah


Mashreqbank in Dh310m deal for DEWA plant


Study suggests ways to conserve power


SEWA natural gas supply soars


Abu Dhabi Power-Gen to host regional power generation event for the second year


DEWA implements first phase of Jebel Ali project


Taweelah A1 commissioned


US$1.5b Taweelah plant commissioned


ADWEA in Sohar smelter talks


DEWA plans Dh41m Mushref project


New firm to operate Umm Al Nar plant


Tackling water shortages in Fujairah


Tendering on for Emirates National Grid


UWEC in over Dh137m deal with Sogex Oman


Sharjah hikes electricity charges


SEWA power output up 11pc


US$1.2b financing for Umm Al Nar soon


Water situation in the Gulf fragile, but UAE manages to address it: MEW


UWEC selects Sogex Oman for Fujairah O&M contract


Commercial sector biggest power consumer


Gigantic reservoir to water Al Ain farms


Ajman's sewerage project work begins