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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

Bids for Umm Al Nar project to be placed shortly

Posted on 24/08/2002

International banks are once again playing a leading role in backing the bidders for Abu Dhabi's Umm Al Nar independent water and power project. The shortlisted bidders are preparing to submit bids by the third week of September, officials said. ANZ Investment Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Sumitomo Mutsui Banking Corporation, West LB and ING are the banks supporting the joint bid of UK's International Power, Japan's Mitsui & Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Similarly, Barclays Capital, BNP ...  >>MORE

Federal utility body announces new electricity, water rates

Posted on 20/08/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) Board has issued regulations on water and electricity fees, as well as fines imposed on those who tamper with meter readings, or steal supplies from main networks. The new regulations exempt UAE nationals from paying power consumption guarantee fees. The regulations, which have recently been approved by the Cabinet, will come into effect on September 1. According to the regulations, power consumption will be calculated on the basis of ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed orders water supply to Northern, Eastern Emirates

Posted on 19/08/2002

Urban and rural areas of the Northern and Eastern regions will be supplied with 10 million gallons of fresh water daily upon the orders of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The orders reflect keenness of both the President and H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to provide amenities and means of stability to all citizens. According to the Presidential orders, the Federal Electricity and Water ...  >>MORE

UEWC pre-qualifies six firms

Posted on 18/08/2002

The Union Water and Electricity Co. (UWEC) has pre-qualified six firms for a multi-million dollar contract for supply and installation of a 400 kV overhead power transmission line from Fujairah to Al Dhaid in Sharjah. UWEC plans to privatise its US$1.3 billion water and power project at Qidfa in line with the ongoing privatisation of the utility sector in Abu Dhabi by offering upto 49 per cent to a foreign partner. The six firms are ABB, Electromontaj, Hyundai Engineering and Construction ...  >>MORE

Huge water supply underway in Dubai

Posted on 14/08/2002

A Dh17.3 million water project is being implemented in Dubai that is expected to meet the water demand in Dubai, according to a senior official at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The project, which will be completed early next year, includes the erection of a water network that will ensure water supplies to various areas of Dubai through 185 km. of pipelines of different sizes ranging between 4-12 inch diameter, DEWA Director General Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said. He added that ...  >>MORE

Growth in UAE power demand needs US$8b in new investments

Posted on 10/08/2002

A projected two-fold growth in UAE's power demand over the next eight years would require more than US$8 billion in new investments, a factor underscoring the growing private sector role, industry experts said. While new investments in the UAE power sector are estimated to be over US$8 billion, total in the AGCC power sector will be some US$46.4 billion for covering expansion of existing power plants and setting up of new projects to add around 37,000MW to their current capacity by 2010, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to expand Wasit plant

Posted on 01/08/2002

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority is planning to channelise the sea water to Wasit Desalination plant as part of its plan to find alternative means for producing electricity and water without using gas, announced Engineer Jamal Shaheen, Director of SEWA's Wasit Plant. "The feasibility of the project is being studied now along with offers from specialised companies in using the exhaust heat in gas turbines for producing steam with which more quantities of electricity and water can ...  >>MORE

Union Water, 13 banks ink US$950m deal

Posted on 30/07/2002

Union Water and Electricity Co (UWEC) has signed a US$950 million bridge facility with 13 banks. The facility, lead arranged by National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), includes a US$790 million conventional loan and a US$160 million Islamic tranche. The money will be used for the ongoing power generation, water desalination and transmission project in Fujairah. NBAD Investment Banking is UWEC's financial adviser. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) were the lead ...  >>MORE

New FEWA fee structure from Sept in Northern Emirates

Posted on 30/07/2002

Beginning September a new fee-structure will be implemented by FEWA for the residents of Northern Emirates. A decision to this effect was taken by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority's (FEWA) Board of Directors at a meeting held last week and chaired by Humaid bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water and Chairman of the FEWA's board of directors. Saeed Majid Al Shamsi, Director General of FEWA, said: "The new order includes 30 articles that aims at determining the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to double water storage capacity

Posted on 28/07/2002

Dubai will raise its water storage capacity to 232 million gallons from the current 112 million gallons with the commissioning of an ambitious project in 2004. This development is part of the Dubai Network Master Plan, under which Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will raise the water storage capacity in line with long-term requirements. Current water consumption in Dubai averages between 140 million and 145 million gallons a day, confirmed a senior DEWA official. DEWA has now ...  >>MORE

195.59m gallons of water desalinated by FEWA June

Posted on 21/07/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) desalinated a total of 195.59 million gallons through various desalination stations located in the Northern Emirates during the month of June, according to a monthly FEWA report. The report also put the total amount of water desalinated from the sea and underground to 299.19 million gallons during the same month. It highlighted that the sea water desalination station at Fujairah had produced one million gallons during month. The Al ...  >>MORE

New Dh500m power projects coming up

Posted on 13/07/2002

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is setting up two new 400kV substations and at least six 33/11 kV substations across the capital as part of the transmission expansion plan, officials confirmed. Currently, Abu Dhabi has a 400kV station and a 132kV station in Taweelah. The completion of the substations are set for 2004. "The two new 400kV substations will be set up to enhance the island's transmission network. The 33/11kV substations will be built in six to seven ...  >>MORE

Mitsubishi lands a major deal to build three power stations in Dubai

Posted on 10/07/2002

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWD, yesterday signed a Dh94 million deal with Mitsubishi Electricity Company for the building, inauguration and development of three power stations in Dubai. After signing the contract the General Manager of Mitsubishi Electricity, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWD's Director General, said that the project, comprising three conversion stations, was part of the overall power development plan of the Emirate. He added that the stations to be based in Al Hadiba, ...  >>MORE

Record water usage in Sharjah

Posted on 10/07/2002

The Emirate of Sharjah consumed a mammoth over 10 billion gallons of water during the year 2001, according to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority annual statistics. The emirate registered an 11.9 per cent increase in water consumption as compared to previous year with the quantities of pumped water touching the figure of more than 19 billion gallons and produced water figures were recorded at over 22 billion gallons. The emirate gets its water from mainly three resources - seawater ...  >>MORE

Fujairah water firm posts profit

Posted on 06/07/2002

Fujairah Fresh Water Corp has recorded a net profit of Dh1.045 million in the first four months of operations from September to December 2001 after producing more than 138,274 tonnes of fresh water. The company has played an important role during the last nine months by supplying companies in the Port of Fujairah and vessels calling at the port with fresh water, Khamis Al Noun, its chairman said. "The corporation is a significant project which has helped to meet the increasing demand for ...  >>MORE

Sharjah power consumption goes up by 13pc

Posted on 05/07/2002

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has registered a substantial 13 per cent increase in power consumption during the year 2001, according to an annual statistical report released by the department recently. In 2001, power consumption stood at 4257.6 million kilo watt hours (KWh) against a 3767.08KWh in the year 2000. The commercial sector of the emirate was the biggest consumer with 38.3 per cent of total consumption during the year 2001 followed by the category of non-locals who ...  >>MORE

SEWA makes spectacular success in power, water output

Posted on 04/07/2002

The water and power sector in Sharjah has made qualitative jumps as part of the emirate's effort to meet growing demand for basic services from the residential, social, commercial and economic sectors. Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) annual statistical book said that a number of projects, which went into operation, had given a big boost to SEWA's output capacity in power, water and gas, making it able to cope with the socio-economic expansion. The 2001 report showed that power ...  >>MORE

Taweelah A2 refinancing put on hold

Posted on 23/06/2002

The refinancing for Abu Dhabi's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the Taweelah A2 has been put on the back burner but is not totally ruled out, official sources confirmed. "When the time is right, the refinancing option will be resorted to. It is basically a matter of timing. But for now it is put on hold," a top official involved with the Taweelah A2 project told Gulf News. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) turned down temporarily the proposal for ...  >>MORE

Dh1.7b for power projects

Posted on 23/06/2002

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority, FEWA, has allocated Dh1.7 billion for the new financial year, according to Saeed bin Majid Al Shamsi, Director General of FEWA. The total expenses of the power generation projects are estimated at Dh800 million in which Dh260 million were spent on this year's projects costs Dh300 million in which several projects amounting to Dh55 million will be executed this year. "The total cost of the electricity distribution network is Dh258 million, about Dh86 ...  >>MORE

Taweelah project developer must hold stake in new firm

Posted on 16/06/2002

The selected developer for Abu Dhabi's first independent Dh1.1 billion water project will have to take 40 per cent equity in a new company which is to be set up for the purpose. The balance will be held by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). The plan to promote the emirate's first IWP follows the privatisation success of Abu Dhabi's independent water and power projects. The estimated US$300 million Taweelah reverse osmosis plant is likely to have three international developers ...  >>MORE

Dh37.4m irrigation project approved

Posted on 02/06/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved a Dh37.4 million project for setting up irrigation mains for the greening of the desert. This was announced by Mohammed Saeed Hareb, First Assistant to the Director General of Dubai Municipality, who noted that the project is made to supply irrigation water to four locations along the boundary line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates, as well as ...  >>MORE

Study, design on UAE grid completed

Posted on 30/05/2002

The techno-economic study and preliminary design for the Emirates National Grid has been completed and recently submitted to the UAE Ministry of Water and Electricity (MEW) along with recommendations, consultants of the project told a conference here yesterday. Moreover, a proposal has been made to create a new independent authority, the Federal Electricity Grid Authority to build, own and operate the grid. Phase one of the estimated Dh630 million Emirates National Grid project which includes ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to achieve full utility sell off by 2006

Posted on 29/05/2002

Abu Dhabi is pushing to achieve complete privatisation of its power and water sector by 2006 when 100 per cent of its generation and desalination capacity will be in private hands, a top government official told a conference yesterday. Plans are on to develop new Independent Water and Power Projects (IWPPs) and sell existing ones with power producers Al Mirfa Power Co and Al Taweelah Power Co on the list for sale. The government will continue achieving economic efficiency and elimination of ...  >>MORE

DEWA to seek tenders for new project

Posted on 13/05/2002

Tenders will be called within the next two weeks for the new 'L' power and desalination station project, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, general manager of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The project will raise 700 MW of power and a 70 MIGD desalination plant. The first phase of the project is to be ready by end 2003. Meanwhile, steady progress is being made on the 'K' station project, Al Tayer added. On another front, DEWA has formally signed a supply, installation and ...  >>MORE

Two energy projects to boost electric power for Fujairah

Posted on 11/05/2002

Two huge energy projects, which are under way, will provide the emirate with more than sufficient electricity once they are completed, said a top official. Mohammed Obeid bin Majid, Director of Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy, told Gulf News that the emirate, and indeed the whole country, "will be flooded with electricity" once the Fujairah Desalination and Power Plant project and the Fujairah Renewable Energy project, generated by setting up wind farms, are completed. Both projects ...  >>MORE

DEWA builds new 51km pipeline

Posted on 10/05/2002

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is currently extending a 51-km water pipeline between Jebel Ali water and power stations and the Endurance Village. DEWA Director General Saeed Al Tayer said the Dh69.7 million pipeline will carry 22 million gallon of water a day from Jebel Ali stations to areas which it passes through up to the Endurance Village. ' The project was designed by DEWA technical experts and will be executed by them. It is expected to enter into the service of the Dubai ...  >>MORE

ADWEA to speed up power generation sector sell-off

Posted on 05/05/2002

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has no plans to privatise power transfer and distribution companies but is currently considering speeding up the privatisation of the power production sector in full, well-informed sources said. The sources said that ADWEA will soon privatise the government-owned power generation companies of Baynouna and Al Marfa. The sources expected that Al Taweelah A, the second project to be privatised with a cost of Dhs5 billion and a production ...  >>MORE

Two waste-water projects to be implemented

Posted on 28/04/2002

Abu Dhabi Municipality has started implementing a development plan for two waste water projects for Al Masafah area, including Zayed residential area. The projects will cost Dh82 million. They include the rain water drainage system and the sewerage system. The municipality is also studying bids for project No. 805 to extend main lines for the surface water drainage system at a cost of Dh29 million. Another three contracts worth Dh69 million are for setting up the main pumping station No. 17 ...  >>MORE

Desalination Unit arrives in Fujairah

Posted on 21/04/2002

H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm Al Qawain, praised today President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his direction of all available resources to the service of the national economy and for his efforts towards the accomplishment of the country's wide-ranged projects. This came in a speech delivered by Sheikh Hamad on the occasion of the arrival, last week, of the first desalination unit to the Fujairah emirate. The Fujairah ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans power expansion

Posted on 20/04/2002

Abu Dhabi emirate is pushing ahead with plans to expand its electricity and water facilities to face a rapid growth in domestic demand due to population increase and steady expansions in the industrial and farming sectors. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority said it had completed several projects and more ventures are under way in the fields of production, transmission and distribution of electricity and desalinated water. Around Dh 984 million (US$268 million) has been pumped in new ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to sell off more existing plants

Posted on 20/04/2002

The UAE's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the US$740 million Taweelah A2 has become commercially operational with the project developer having made its first dividend payment to shareholders and begun repayment of its loan facility, officials said yesterday. Abu Dhabi is going to press ahead with its ambitious privatisation of power and water sector with plans to privatise more existing plants. "The success of the landmark Taweelah A2 and the other projects which are underway ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to sell off more existing plants

Posted on 18/04/2002

The UAE's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the US$740 million Taweelah A2 has become commercially operational with the project developer having made its first dividend payment to shareholders and begun repayment of its loan facility, officials said yesterday. According to "Gulf News”, which reported the story in its issue of today, Abu Dhabi is going to press ahead with its ambitious privatisation of power and water sector with plans to privatise more existing plants. "The ...  >>MORE

National Grid expected to be completed by end of 2002

Posted on 16/04/2002

Work on the Emirates Electric National Grid (EENG), which is to connect all power networks of the country is expected to be completed towards the end of 2002, according to a report in the UAE Yearbook 2002, released yesterday by the Ministry of Information and Culture. The project is being carried out under the directions of the UAE Cabinet to link internal networks of the emirates to one national grid, the report said. The first phase of work on the national grid involved the link-up ...  >>MORE

Ducab awarded Dh16 million contract by FEWA

Posted on 15/04/2002

Dubai Cable Company Pvt Ltd. (Ducab), the leading UAE-based cable manufacturer, announced yesterday that it has been awarded a contract worth Dh 16 million by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA). The contract entails the supply of 300km of 33kV cables to FEWA. "Due to the tremendous increase in the electricity load every year, we are implementing fast-track projects that will upgrade the 33kV Distribution Network throughout the Northern Emirates,” said Saeed Majid Al Shamsi, ...  >>MORE

US$740m Taweelah A2 project completed

Posted on 14/04/2002

The Taweelah A2 project, the first to be developed in the UAE at a cost of US$740 million has been successfully completed with the issue of the project's commercial operation date by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, ADWEC. The Emirates CMS Power Company, ECPC was established to build, own and operate the Al Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant. ECPC had entered into contract with ADWEC to supply water and power under terms of a 20-year agreement. Emirates Power ...  >>MORE

10 firms shortlisted for utility project

Posted on 02/04/2002

At least 10 international companies, including two consortia, have been shortlisted by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) to submit proposals for selection of the developer for the Umm Al Nar independent water and power project. The two consortia are Belgium's Tractabel with Italy's Enel Power, and UK's International Power with Japan's Mitsui and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco). Others are France's TotalFinaElf, Electricity de France, Korea Electric Power Co (Kepco), AES of the ...  >>MORE

UAE water demand to double by 2010

Posted on 01/04/2002

Water demand in the UAE is projected to nearly double within 10 years and maintain the country as having one of the highest water consumption rates in the world, according to an official study. From around 630 million gallons per day in 2000, consumption is expected to climb to 973 million in 2005 and 1.24 billion in 2010, said the study carried in the Emirates and Environment monthly magazine, which is published by the Federal Environment Agency. Abu Dhabi emirate will remain the biggest ...  >>MORE

Taweelah reverse osmosis plant takes shape

Posted on 31/03/2002

Plans to establish Abu Dhabi's first independent water project (IWP) are taking shape with international companies preparing to submit proposals by late May for the Taweelah reverse osmosis (RO) project, the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) said in a recent report. The MEED report said that the IWP is expected to be structured along the same lines as the emirate's independent water and power projects (IWPP's), with the selected partner taking a 40 per cents take in a new utility company, ...  >>MORE

Underground water production reached over 9 billion gallons in 2001

Posted on 30/03/2002

The total production of underground water during the year 2001 reached over 9 billion gallons, according to the annual report of the Federal Water and Electricity Authority. The report said that Water and Electricity Authority was running nine desalination plants in the Northern emirates to meet the growing needs of the population for water. The authority signed a number contracts last year at the cost of 2 million to maintain water tanks in Dibba, Fujairah and other stations in Northern ...  >>MORE

Work on two power plants to start soon

Posted on 24/03/2002

Work on two new power plants of 100 MW capacity each at Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah will start this year, entailing a total investment of Dh200 million, Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water, said yesterday. The plants will go operational in 2003, said the minister who was speaking on the sidelines of the Fourth Gulf Water Week and Water Conservation Exhibition, which was opened by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of ...  >>MORE

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UWEC pre-qualifies nine for O&M contract


Bids for Umm Al Nar project to be placed shortly


Federal utility body announces new electricity, water rates


Sheikh Zayed orders water supply to Northern, Eastern Emirates


UEWC pre-qualifies six firms


Huge water supply underway in Dubai


Growth in UAE power demand needs US$8b in new investments


Sharjah to expand Wasit plant


Union Water, 13 banks ink US$950m deal


New FEWA fee structure from Sept in Northern Emirates


Dubai to double water storage capacity


195.59m gallons of water desalinated by FEWA June


New Dh500m power projects coming up


Mitsubishi lands a major deal to build three power stations in Dubai


Record water usage in Sharjah


Fujairah water firm posts profit


Sharjah power consumption goes up by 13pc


SEWA makes spectacular success in power, water output


Taweelah A2 refinancing put on hold


Dh1.7b for power projects


Taweelah project developer must hold stake in new firm


Dh37.4m irrigation project approved


Study, design on UAE grid completed


Abu Dhabi to achieve full utility sell off by 2006


DEWA to seek tenders for new project


Two energy projects to boost electric power for Fujairah


DEWA builds new 51km pipeline


ADWEA to speed up power generation sector sell-off


Two waste-water projects to be implemented


Desalination Unit arrives in Fujairah


Abu Dhabi plans power expansion


Abu Dhabi to sell off more existing plants


Abu Dhabi to sell off more existing plants


National Grid expected to be completed by end of 2002


Ducab awarded Dh16 million contract by FEWA


US$740m Taweelah A2 project completed


10 firms shortlisted for utility project


UAE water demand to double by 2010


Taweelah reverse osmosis plant takes shape


Underground water production reached over 9 billion gallons in 2001


Work on two power plants to start soon