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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Taweelah project to be commissioned in April

Posted on 20/02/2003

Abu Dhabi's second independent water and power project (IWPP), the Taweelah A1, will be ready for commissioning by the end of April, on target and within budget. Also, a further expansion of Taweelah A-1 is on the anvil with South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction in discussion for the estimated US$200 million contract. "The Project Commercial Operation Date (PCOD) is April 30 and we are on target," a senior official of TotalFinaElf told Gulf News yesterday. Gulf Total ...  >>MORE

Ajman Sewerage gets US$140m in funding

Posted on 16/02/2003

The US$140 million financing for the pioneering wastewater project in Ajman has been finalised. The shareholding in Ajman Sewerage (Pvt) Co. Ltd. has also been restructured at financial close with the Ajman Government taking a 20 per cent stake. The four lead arrangers are Germany's Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank and Bayerische Landesbank, and the UAE's MashreqBank and United Arab Bank. Mizuho Corporate Bank in London acted as financial advisor while Denton Wilde Sapte was legal advisor. ...  >>MORE

British and Japanese firms win over US$2 billion contract

Posted on 02/02/2003

An alliance of three British and Japanese companies have won a lucrative US$2.2 billion- dollar contract for the construction of a power generation and water desalination plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has selected U.K International Bar of Britain and Japanese Mitsui and Tokyo Power Generation companies for the project, with TotalFinaElf of France being excluded in the final phase of competition. A local Arabic newspaper quoted today ...  >>MORE

Fresh water spring discovered in Sharjah

Posted on 02/02/2003

Excavations made by a sewerage company in Al Ramla district in Sharjah led to the discovery of a Falaj (spring) of fresh water, which was used more than 100 years ago for providing people with potable water and used for irrigation in the city. The Falaj, which was well-known and the only one in Sharjah, used to originate from Al Ramla district and was fed by many underground water sources before reaching the palace of the former ruler of Sharjah the late Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. ...  >>MORE

Fresh water spring in Sharjah baffles engineers

Posted on 02/02/2003

Engineers and experts are speculating over the source of crystal clear fresh water discovered accidentally over the weekend during excavations to lay a sewerage pipeline in Sharjah city. Some say the falaj (spring) struck in Al Ramla had been used several decades ago for potable water. Others contend the water source really flows from an artesian well, and comprises rain water accumulated over many years that was earlier trapped between two impermeable rock strata, but has today found an ...  >>MORE

Ducab wins Dh 60 million order from ADWEA

Posted on 30/01/2003

Dubai Cable Company Pvt. Ltd. (Ducab), the leading regional cable manufacturer in the Middle East, has won a prestigious order worth over Dh 60 million from the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) for the manufacture and supply of more than 500 kms of 33kV cables in 2003. This is the biggest single tender won by Ducab for the supply of cables to a regional power utility. The contract, awarded to Ducab against stiff competition from regional and global bidders, involves the ...  >>MORE

SEWA's Dh1.62b budget endorsed

Posted on 21/01/2003

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's Dh1.62 billion budget for 2003 has been endorsed by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and chairman of the utility's board. Ali Abdullah Al Nooman, Director General, SEWA, explained Dh1.095 billion has been earmarked for operating expenses, and Dh525 million for new projects. Among the most important are a Dh218 million venture at Wasit Power Station to install and commission two gas turbines of ...  >>MORE

RAK desalination capacity boost

Posted on 20/01/2003

The current water shortages in Ras Al Khaimah will be overcome with the raising of the desalination capacity of the emirate by 8 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) this year, said Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais, UAE Minister of Electricity and Water in Dubai yesterday. The capacity addition will be done in two phases. "Initially a 5 MIGD plant will be set in Ras Al Khaimah, and by the end of this year an additional capacity of 3 MIGD will be added. These capacity additions should be enough to ...  >>MORE

Emirates grid bids to be invited mid-year

Posted on 19/01/2003

The first set of tenders for the setting up of the Emirates National Grid (ENG) will be floated by the middle of this year, with construction set to start by year end, confirmed Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais, UAE's Minister of Electricity and Water. The entire project is scheduled to take another two years, at an estimated cost between Dh500-Dh600 million. By 2010, the installed power capacity could reach around 19,000mw in the UAE, which includes all the capacities from the five utility ...  >>MORE

FEWA to achieve 150mw surplus shortly

Posted on 16/01/2003

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) is set to achieve 150 megawatts surplus in power generation following the recent completion of projects worth Dh630 million and installation of two 100 megawatt turbines in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Yahya Abdul Karim, assistant general manager, technical affairs, FEWA, said once these turbines are operational, FEWA generation capacity will go up to 1,200mw. The authority will spend about Dh220 million on these turbines. The investment is part ...  >>MORE

Work on national grid set to begin

Posted on 16/01/2003

The setting up of the estimated Dh650 million Emirates National Grid has moved forward with actual implementation of the project to begin shortly, following the approval of the feasibility study (phase 1) by the UAE Ministry of Water and Electricity, officials said. Electricite de France, which conducted the techno-economic study and preliminary design for the grid, will sign a contract with the ministry on Saturday for phase 2, a top official said. "EdF has been selected as the engineering ...  >>MORE

Second Fujairah power project moves forward

Posted on 12/01/2003

Plans for development of the second power generation and water desalination project of the Union Water & Electricity Company, UWEC, in Fujairah are moving forward, according to the latest quarterly publication of the UAE Offsets Group. UOG. The UWEC has pre-qualified four international consultants - the UK's PB Power, Mott McDonald of the UK, Lahmeyer International and Fitchner, both of Germany - for the consultancy contract and will pick one of them in early 2003, according to a report in the ...  >>MORE

Work begins on water supply project

Posted on 02/01/2003

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has started implementing a project to develop a water distribution network in different parts of the emirate, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General of DEWA. The 155km project worth Dh31.3 million, is expected to be completed by mid-2004 to upgrade the water distribution system and improve the efficiency of services, said Al Tayer. The project will cover areas which are being planned, and existing densely-populated areas, in addition to new ...  >>MORE

Taweelah's reverse osmosis plant in decisive phase

Posted on 29/12/2002

The jockeying for position in the race for the Middle East's first independent water project (IWP), has reached a potentially decisive phase, with the opening of revised commercial bids late last month for Abu Dhabi's Taweelah reverse osmosis (RO) plant, the Middle East Economic Digest, MEED said in a recent report. The report said that following revisions to the water specification by the client, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, the bidders submitted a base and alternative ...  >>MORE

Talks resume on Taweelah refinancing

Posted on 06/12/2002

The refinancing of Abu Dhabi's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the Taweelah A2 - which was put on the back burner - is now back on board. Negotiations with bankers have commenced, officials confirmed. It is thus tipped to be the first refinancing for a power project in the UAE, perhaps even in the Gulf. The debt-equity ratio is likely to undergo a change although the refinancing groundwork will start early January with details to be ready in one or two months. The Abu ...  >>MORE

130 billion dollars needed for power development by GCC

Posted on 27/11/2002

The UAE will need extra 8,000 Megawatt during the next decade, that is double the volume of power of 1990, says a report on the future of energy generation in the Gulf region. The report was released by the Institute of International Research (IIR), the organisers of the Middle East Exhibition 2003 scheduled to be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre on January 19-21 2003. The report shows that the GCC countries will have to invest up to 130 billion dollars during the next two ...  >>MORE

Tabreed to establish first seawater cooling plant

Posted on 27/11/2002

Tabreed, the National Central Cooling Co (PJSC) has signed a 20-year contract with Union Water and Electricity Co (PJSC) to provide cooling services to the Fujairah Water and Power Plant. The scheme will be the first in the UAE to utilise seawater to keep the water and power plant at a regulated temperature. The environmental benefits of using seawater, coupled with the energy saving benefits and reliability offered by district cooling made Tabreed the natural choice for the Fujairah Water ...  >>MORE

130 billion dollars needed for power development by GCC

Posted on 27/11/2002

The UAE will need extra 8,000 Megawatt during the next decade, that is double the volume of power of 1990, says a report on the future of energy generation in the Gulf region. The report was released by the Institute of International Research (IIR), the organisers of the Middle East Exhibition 2003 scheduled to be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre on January 19-21 2003. The report shows that the GCC countries will have to invest up to 130 billion dollars during the next two ...  >>MORE

Al Ain to get desalinated Fujairah water

Posted on 23/11/2002

Al Ain, which abounds with groundwater resources, is set to receive millions of gallons of desalinated water a day from Fujairah. The water will be supplied from a new 656 MW power and desalination unit coming up in the Qidfa area of Fujairah. The US$950 million unit is being built by the Union Water and Electricity Company and will have a capacity of 100 million gallons a day. The unit will help meet the growing demand for water in Al Ain and Northern Emirates, +Gulf News+ quoted an official ...  >>MORE

Tractabel pulls out of utility project bid race

Posted on 23/11/2002

Belgium's Tractabel has pulled out of the bidding, making the Umm Al Nar independent water and power project a two-horse race, officials confirmed yesterday. Tractabel did not submit its bid on November 18, the bid submission closing date. The groups that bid are UK's International Power in joint alliance with two Japanese companies Mitsui & Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co. The other bid was by France's TotalfinaElf. The date for the final bids was extended to November 18 from September 23. The ...  >>MORE

New power line to link Oman, UAE

Posted on 17/11/2002

Work is under way to establish a 33-KV power line to link Khasab Power Plant with Al Ghalilah Power Plant in the UAE, according to Sheikh Suhail bin Mustahail Shamas, Oman's Minister of Housing, Electricity and Water. Another project is also being implemented to establish a 33-KV power line to link the power station in the Wilayat of Diba with Diba Station in Fujairah in the UAE. Sheikh Suhail added that the private sector is investing in power with international investors currently working ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to get new Dh3.7b utility plant

Posted on 16/11/2002

Fujairah is to get another power and water plant estimated at Dh3.7 billion under plans by Union Water and Electricity Co (UWEC). The new power generation and water desalination plant will have a capacity of between 800-1,000 MW and 100 million gallons per day (mgpd). The new plant will come up near the upcoming UWEC's first project in Qidfa, Fujairah. "UWEC is currently in the process of selecting a consultant and prequalifying construction companies for the engineering, procurement and ...  >>MORE

DEWA spending up 17pc this year

Posted on 04/11/2002

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has experienced a 17 per cent increase in spending this year, said a top government official. DEWA, in its efforts to increase the supply of emirate's power and water, will continue to invest in new projects, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, general manager of DEWA. He also urged the business community to come up with new ideas to reduce waste and conserve energy. The government body, which is responsible for the development of the utility sector, will ...  >>MORE

GCC power grid delayed once again

Posted on 02/11/2002

The Gulf interconnection grid is delayed once again as an update of the first study is being undertaken which will be completed in mid-2003. The interconnection project is now being scheduled for implementation between 2004 and 2010, official sources said. The GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) is planning to update an earlier study undertaken, and is in the process of hiring consultants to carry out a techno-economic analysis and to draw up an interconnection agreement and an ...  >>MORE

G77 cooperation key to progress - Hamdan

Posted on 28/10/2002

UAE not only has oil, but it has an underground water table which the emirates is planning to utilise effectively with the aid of technology, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry, said inaugurating a high-level Conference on Science and Technology yesterday. He said there is no shortage of water in the emirates and has reserves which will be used at the needed time. Sheikh Hamdan said while science and technology is helping humanity, one ...  >>MORE

More investments in energy needed, Khalifa tells Power conference

Posted on 22/10/2002

The first power generation exhibition and conference in the Middle East (Power-Gen) opened its sessions here today with H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, stressing " the dire need for more investments in power generation and introduction of state-of- the-art technology to offset the growing global demand for energy." Inaugurated by Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to privatise all utilities by '10

Posted on 22/10/2002

Abu Dhabi is drawing up plans to privatise its entire water and power sector by 2010 with many more projects going into private hands, a top government official said yesterday. Moreover, Abu Dhabi has attracted Dh14 billion in investment in the water and power sector since it embarked on privatisation some four years ago. "Before 2010, Abu Dhabi will privatise 100 per cent of its water and electricity sector. The independent regulatory authority is in place and Abu Dhabi has a track record of ...  >>MORE

UWEC and L&T sign Dhs114.5m power deal

Posted on 19/10/2002

Union Water and Electricity Company (UWEC) has signed a Dhs114.5-million ($31.2-million) contract with India's Larsen and Toubro (L&T) for the supply and installation of a 400 KV overhead power transmission line. The transmission line will connect UWEC's under-construction Fujairah water desalination and power project with the Federal Electricity and Water Authority's (FEWA) network at Al Dhaid in Sharjah. L&T beat competition from three other companies who bid for the contract. They were: ...  >>MORE

Water management strategy for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 17/10/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency is developing a five-year strategy to manage water resources in Abu Dhabi. Funded by the UAE Offsets Group, the project will be carried out through the agency's Water Resources Department. The UOG, with the technical management by the agency, has signed a 14-month consultancy study agreement which commenced on September 1 with Mott MacDonald. The first stage of the Water Resources Management Strategy involves assessment of the water ...  >>MORE

Five-year FEWA plan to upgrade services

Posted on 15/10/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority has prepared a five- year strategic plan to upgrade electricity and water networks, and extend them to different parts of the country. The Dh1,583 million network project was approved by the authority a few months ago, while allocating its budget to upgrade the electricity and water services, according to a source at the authority, according to a report in "Gulf News.” In the budget, Dh316 million are for completing old projects and starting new ones, ...  >>MORE

Water Resources Strategic Management Plan for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/10/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), through its Water Resources Department, is currently developing a comprehensive Water Resources Strategic Management Plan for the whole of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The other stakeholders and members of the working group for developing this important strategic goal for the Abu Dhabi Emirate are: The Office of H.H The President, H.H. The President's Private Office, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Municipalities, Western Region Ruler ...  >>MORE

Energy ties with Germany to be enhanced

Posted on 09/10/2002

Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water has discussed with a visiting German delegation avenues of cooperation between the two countries. In a meeting here today, Al Owais reviewed with the German delegation headed, by the Under Secretary for Environment at the Economy Ministry of Germany's Baden Wurttemburg, means of enhancing and exploring new avenues of cooperation in fields of energy, electricity, water and exchange of expertise with particular emphasis on the role of ...  >>MORE

Dewa to spend Dh950m to raise capacity

Posted on 08/10/2002

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has started a repowering project for the 'D' power and desalination station in Jebel Ali. Estimated at Dh950 million, the project will increase Dewa's production capacity at existing power stations by 400 MW. The production capacity of the station was 225 MW. The expansion will be a great help in "satisfying the growth in demand for the different sectors". "Many benefits are gained by this project such as enhancing production capacity, efficiency ...  >>MORE

Privatisation of Al Mirfa begins

Posted on 05/10/2002

The privatisation of Abu Dhabi's power and water sector is moving ahead swiftly with the Al Mirfa project - the latest to be privatised through a sell-off-cum-expansion. The Al Mirfa independent water and power project (IWPP) will be Abu Dhabi's fifth IWPP since the privatisation process got underway in 1998. "The process for privatisation of the Al Mirfa project has just begun. The advisory team is being shortlisted. The team is likely to be selected by mid or end-October, 2002. The request ...  >>MORE

Dh481m for water, power projects

Posted on 25/09/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has allocated Dh481 million for the upgradation and expansion of power stations and water desalination plants that will be carried out throughout the country till 2005, according to the Director General of the authority, Saeed bin Majid Al Shamsi He said that about Dh242 million will go towards the expansion of six power stations and the replacement of switch gears at five stations in Ras Al Khaimah, in addition to upgrading of the capacity of ...  >>MORE

Nasseri calls for more investments in energy sector

Posted on 23/09/2002

Osaka - Obeid bin Saif Al Nasseri, UAE Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, yesterday presided over the second session of the World Energy Forum, held in Osaka. Oil and energy ministers from Norway, Qatar, South Korea, Venezuela, as well as a number of ministers, heads of delegations and experts from energy and oil industry sector, took part in the session which was held to discuss investment in the sector. Nasseri reiterated the need for more new investments in the energy sector in ...  >>MORE

Banks eye US$1.4b power finance deal

Posted on 14/09/2002

With the September 22 deadline for submitting the final proposal for taking part in the Umm Al Nar electricity generation/water desalination plant round the corner, several foreign banks are said to be in an intense race to get involved in an expected financing deal worth US$1.4 billion. According to financial sources, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), which has taken major strides in the privatisation drive of its sector by entering into joint ventures with foreign ...  >>MORE

FEWA opens bids for drinking water projects

Posted on 12/09/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has opened bids to implement three drinking water projects in the Northern Emirates. Mohammed Khaleel Al Shamsi, Director of FEWA Public Relations, said the cost of the three projects is Dh5 million. Implementation will start in October. The first project entails setting up of a water pipeline extending from Ghib water wells to Al Halah in Dibba Al Fujairah at a cost of Dh1 million and is required to be completed within 18 months. The second ...  >>MORE

Sharjah plans Dh30m sewage projects

Posted on 01/09/2002

Sharjah Municipality will implement new sewage projects at a cost of Dh 30 million. The projects will be conducted in line with the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, as part of a plan to strengthen infrastructure. The new projects will cover Al Ramlah, Al Zajjat, Al Falaj, Al Abar and Al Hazanah, which are vital areas of the city. This will help provide areas located west of Wasit Street and its extension to ...  >>MORE

UWEC pre-qualifies nine for O&M contract

Posted on 27/08/2002

Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC) has pre-qualified nine regional and international water and power plant operators for a multi-million dollar contract involving the operations and maintenance (O&M) of its under construction Fujairah power generation, water desalination and transmission project. The pre-qualifiers are: AES Corporation of the US, Germany's Babcock Borsig Power, the US' CMS Energy Corporation, Japan's Electric Power Development Company, Italy's Enel Produzione, Ireland's ...  >>MORE

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Ajman's sewerage project work begins


Taweelah project to be commissioned in April


Ajman Sewerage gets US$140m in funding


British and Japanese firms win over US$2 billion contract


Fresh water spring discovered in Sharjah


Fresh water spring in Sharjah baffles engineers


Ducab wins Dh 60 million order from ADWEA


SEWA's Dh1.62b budget endorsed


RAK desalination capacity boost


Emirates grid bids to be invited mid-year


FEWA to achieve 150mw surplus shortly


Work on national grid set to begin


Second Fujairah power project moves forward


Work begins on water supply project


Taweelah's reverse osmosis plant in decisive phase


Talks resume on Taweelah refinancing


130 billion dollars needed for power development by GCC


Tabreed to establish first seawater cooling plant


130 billion dollars needed for power development by GCC


Al Ain to get desalinated Fujairah water


Tractabel pulls out of utility project bid race


New power line to link Oman, UAE


Fujairah to get new Dh3.7b utility plant


DEWA spending up 17pc this year


GCC power grid delayed once again


G77 cooperation key to progress - Hamdan


More investments in energy needed, Khalifa tells Power conference


Abu Dhabi to privatise all utilities by '10


UWEC and L&T sign Dhs114.5m power deal


Water management strategy for Abu Dhabi


Five-year FEWA plan to upgrade services


Water Resources Strategic Management Plan for Abu Dhabi


Energy ties with Germany to be enhanced


Dewa to spend Dh950m to raise capacity


Privatisation of Al Mirfa begins


Dh481m for water, power projects


Nasseri calls for more investments in energy sector


Banks eye US$1.4b power finance deal


FEWA opens bids for drinking water projects


Sharjah plans Dh30m sewage projects


UWEC pre-qualifies nine for O&M contract