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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

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

'Water gets top priority in development plans'

Posted on 21/03/2002

Provision of ample and high quality water will help the UAE to press ahead confidently with its plans to achieve food security, agro-industrial and urban development, protect public health, fight desertification and environment pollution, and offer tourist and recreational services, a senior municipal official said. Jassim Darwish, secretary-general of the countries' municipalities, said water is still given top priority at the national development plans. Speaking on the occasion of the ...  >>MORE

ADWEA completes major upgrade of its financial system

Posted on 10/02/2002

In an effort to streamline its internal processes and provide enhanced services to its customers and suppliers, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has completed a major upgrade of its financial system. The solution, which was executed by Hyperlink, involved the implementation of a centralized Oracle Financials Version 11i system using the new multi-organization feature of the application. The upgrade has enabled ADWEA to achieve operating excellence in managing information across ...  >>MORE

UAE among top producers of desalinated water

Posted on 10/02/2002

An Arab strategic study published here yesterday ruled out the idea of importing water from other countries through costly and risky pipelines to compensate for the shortage of water in the Arab countries, and said that massive investments were required in water projects. It said that heavy investments in desalination projects in the UAE have turned the emirates into the second biggest Arab producer of desalinated water after Saudi Arabia – but more projects are needed to face population ...  >>MORE

Mohammed outlines need for water conservation

Posted on 07/02/2002

'World leaders must join to solve the growing threat of water scarcity, an issue that threatens both human life and international peace', said General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence on 2 February. He was speaking at the opening of the Dubai International Conference on Integrated Management of Water Resources in the Third Millennium, organised by the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in collaboration with the UAE University, ...  >>MORE

Power grid will cover all UAE

Posted on 07/02/2002

'The national power grid is expected to include Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi after a study is completed in April', said Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water on 3 February at the opening of the Middle East Electricity show. Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman are already part of the grid, while the three larger emirates have their own grids outside the federal system. The project cost is estimated at Dh600-650 million ($164-177 million). ...  >>MORE

Dubai Declaration on Integrated Water Resources Management in arid regions

Posted on 06/02/2002

The participants in the Dubai International Conference on Integrated Management of Water Resources in the third Millennium, have emphasized that water is life and a key element of sustainable development, warning that conflicts over water are a major threat to peace and stability, especially in arid regions of the world. The Dubai declaration, read by Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Khirbash, Minister of State Financial and Industrial affairs, at the closing session of the conference yesterday, ...  >>MORE

UAE, Morocco discuss joint cooperation in water resources

Posted on 05/02/2002

Abu Dhabi (WAM) Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, received Moroccan Planning Minister Amro Tagwan to discuss joint cooperation and exchange of expertise in areas of water resources and construction of dams. Al Raqbani told the Moroccan minister that President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the driving force behind the UAE agricultural revolution. Tagwan praised the progress made by the UAE and hailed the fraternal Emarati-Moroccan ties as unique. He ...  >>MORE

UAE desalination is 12.5pc of world total

Posted on 04/02/2002

The UAE produces around 12.5 per cent of the world's desalinated water and output is set to increase as a result of massive investments, according to official estimates. Besides desalination of sea water, thousands of artesian wells have been dug and hundreds of dams built to conserve water and ensure enough supplies for the growing population, the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) said. The statement said more than 76,000 wells have been drilled, and 27 new dams are being constructed ...  >>MORE

FEWA to commission 200MW project

Posted on 04/02/2002

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) will increase generating capacity to over 1,400 MW by early next year, according to a senior official. The existing combined capacity of the utility is 1,100 MW. FEWA, which caters to the requirements in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, will commission two power stations of 100 MW each at Al Nakheel in Ras Al Khaimah and New Qidfa in Fujairah. Contracts for the project, with a capital outlay of Dhs230 million, have been ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to join power grid this year

Posted on 04/02/2002

Dubai is expected to join the national power grid after a study by consultants is completed in April, said Humaid bin Nasir Al Owais, Minister of Electricity and Water. The northern emirates are already connected to the grid, said Al Owais at the opening of the Middle East Electricity show. Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are soon expected to join Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman in the Dh600-650 million project, he added. Al Owais said that the study on the nation's grid ...  >>MORE

UAE to set up a renewable energy centre

Posted on 31/01/2002

'The UAE Ministry of Electricity and Water plans to set up a centre to study renewable energy in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai within a year' said Saud Al Humaidan, assistant minister for technical affairs, Ministry of Electricity and Water on 30 January. He added that although 'The UAE has been blessed with oil, that does not mean that it does not have to look towards other power sources for the future'. http://www.adwea.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Fujairah studies wind energy

Posted on 17/01/2002

A feasibility study on the potential of wind energy in Fujairah was outlined at the Fujairah Free Zone's Business Club on 14 January by a Spanish company, Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra. Their scheme is for four wind farms. Two of the four wind farms will have two towers 45 metres above sea level, and the other two will be 15 metres above sea level. Together they will generate between 130 and 200 megawatts of electricity per year. The locations in Fujairah where the wind farms would be ...  >>MORE

DEWA opens part of power station

Posted on 04/01/2002

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has opened part of the new power station at the 2nd Safooh Area in Dubai with a capacity of 13,211 k.v. The main station will be inaugurated shortly. Saeed Al Tayer, Director-General of DEWA, said the station was established at a cost of Dh44 million and added that the station will meet the needs of many developing areas in Dubai for electricity. He added that DEWA has established this station especially for the Internet city, to facilitate e-commerce ...  >>MORE

SEWA in R&D deal with Canada firm

Posted on 03/01/2002

Sharjah Electricity &Water Authority (SEWA) has signed an ambitious R&D project with Canada-headquartered Zenon Environment Inc to, in collaboration with Boston University, use space imaging and remote sensing techniques for underground water exploration. The agreement was signed recently by Abdullah Al Nooman, director general, SEWA, with John Coburn, senior vice president, operations, Zenon. SEWA and Zenon will also conduct a joint research programme to develop the process applications of ...  >>MORE

DEWA to set up major transformer plants

Posted on 20/12/2001

As part of its ambitious expansion plans, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, is setting up two major transformer plants in Dubai, besides enhancing the capacity of its existing projects. The first will be set up for EMAAR properties at a cost of Dh44 million and the second plant will be built in the Al Thaniya district at a cost of Dh53 million, according to a report in "Khaleej Times." Other expansion projects involve extending water distribution networks such as laying pipes measuring ...  >>MORE

SEWA to spend Dh1.66 billion on expansion projects

Posted on 20/12/2001

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) will spend Dh1.166 billion on several development and expansion projects next year, according to Ali Abdullah Al Nooman, SEWA Director-General. The authority's budget for next year was approved last month at a meeting of the board of directors chaired by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler and Chairman of SEWA, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” "This ambitious budget reflects the strong ...  >>MORE

Seven UAE firms fund utility project

Posted on 15/12/2001

Seven UAE financial institutions, including two Islamic banks, are part of the 25 financial institutions that have arranged the US$1.285 billion mega deal for Abu Dhabi's third independent water and power project, the Shuweihat S1. While National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Abu Dhabi Investment Co (Adic) are lead arrangers, First Gulf Bank is an arranger. Union National Bank (UNB) and National Bank of Dubai (NBD) are co-arrangers. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, which arranged the Islamic tranche ...  >>MORE

Mineral water must contain fluoride

Posted on 13/12/2001

Dr Ibrahim Arab, Director of the Dental Department of the Ministry of Health announced on 6 December that all mineral water companies selling water in the UAE have a year to make sure that their water contains 0.4 to 0.7 ppm (part per million). This is a move to fight tooth decay. http://www.uae.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Gas turbine installed in DEWA project

Posted on 12/12/2001

The installation of the first gas turbine has been completed in the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority project for construction, completion and commissioning of the K-Phase II of the power and desalination station at Jebel Ali. The station is being set up at a cost of Dhs2.12 billion, according to DEWA general manager Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. Tayer said that in addition to the installation of this turbine, work was continuing on schedule for the installation of the boilers, waste ...  >>MORE

GFB offers dlrs 62m to Shuweihat project

Posted on 06/12/2001

The Gulf First Bank (GFB) said today it was offering a 62 million dollar loan as part of a group of banks arranging loan facility for the Dh 6 billion Shuweihat power and water project in Abu Dhabi. Located 250 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi, the largest complex in the UAE will include a gas-fuelled 1,500 -megawatt plant and a water desalination facility with a capacity of 100 million gallons per day. Andrie Sayegh, head of corporate department at the bank, said they were glad to contribute to ...  >>MORE

Islamic fund for Shuweihat secured

Posted on 01/12/2001

In one of the largest Islamic tranches for project financing in the region, the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Adib) has lead arranged US$250 million along with Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) and Kuwait Finance House (KFH) as part of the US$1.285 billion debt for the Shuweihat 1 Power & Desalination Plant. While Adib, as the facility agent, will underwrite US$100 million, joint arrangers DIB and KFH will underwrite US$100 million and US$50 million respectively, a senior banker closely involved with the ...  >>MORE

East Coast Dam to be completed soon

Posted on 22/11/2001

A (US$5.7million) Dh 21 million dam project being built in Fujeirah and the East Coast is expected to be completed by December 2001, it was announced on 19 November. The construction of the dam was ordered by the Private Department of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in order to trap rain and flood water from the surrounding mountains and to improve the underground water system. ...  >>MORE

Shuweihat 1 project company set up

Posted on 21/11/2001

Abu Dhabi's third independent water and power project, Shuweihat 1 Power & Desalination Plant, has moved ahead with the establishment through an Emiri decree of a special purpose project company called Shuweihat CMS International Power Co, a top government official confirmed yesterday. The project is set to achieve financial closure in early December with the signing of the US$1.285 billion debt deal with a consortium of local, regional and international banks. The company, a 60:40 joint ...  >>MORE

Dam project to be completed soon

Posted on 20/11/2001

The Dh 21 million dam and three breakers being built in Safad and Thaib, in Al Qurayyah village, are expected to be complete next month. The project is expected to help collect more rainwater, irrigate more farms and support underground water storage in the region. The dam and three breakers are part of a project covering more than 22 dams which are being built in Fujairah and the East Coast. The construction was ordered by the Private Department of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin ...  >>MORE

Khalifa sets up Dh675m power company

Posted on 14/11/2001

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Emiri Decree No. 31 with respect to founding Al Shuwaihat CMS International Power Company as a private joint stock company for generating electricity in Abu Dhabi. Al Khaleej learnt that the new company's capital is estimated at Dh675 million of which the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (Adewa) has a 60 per cent stake, ...  >>MORE

Emirates grid work set to be completed by next year-end

Posted on 29/10/2001

Work on the Emirates Electric National Grid (EENG), which is to connect all power networks of the country, will be completed around next year-end. A consultant to oversee the project has been recently appointed. The project was being carried out according to directions of the UAE Cabinet to link the internal networks of the emirates to one national grid, said Ibrahim Demas, head of consumer services section at Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). "An agreement has been signed with ...  >>MORE

Utility project back on track

Posted on 17/10/2001

Abu Dhabi has taken a U-turn and is going ahead in developing its fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar complex, a top official confirmed. Last month, plans to develop the Umm Al Nar complex were shelved on environmental grounds and feasibility studies on developing a new greenfield project had started. Initial investigations raised some environmental concerns, but that has been sorted out and it has been decided to go ahead with the Umm Al Nar complex project, ...  >>MORE

French firm wins Dh345m Fujairah deal

Posted on 15/10/2001

A Dh345 million contract to build the world's largest reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant with 62 million cubic meters annual production capacity at Fujairah has been awarded to France-based Ondeo Degremont (Suez) by South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co. The Fujairah contract covers all aspects of construction, from design, process equipment supply through commissioning. Effective since early September, it aims to produce fresh water by June 2003. T The reverse ...  >>MORE

Unified power grid to be ready by 2004

Posted on 09/10/2001

Feasibility studies for Phase II of the UAE National Electricity Grid, entailing network integration right through the country, are currently ongoing, with the unified grid to be ready by 2004. "French consultant EDF is due to submit the preliminary report shortly, with a panel empowered by the cabinet to study the same, and work on project implementation starts thereafter," Saud Al Humaidan, Assistant Deputy Minister for technical affairs at the UAE Ministry of Electricity & Water, stated ...  >>MORE

'No increase in water tariffs'

Posted on 02/10/2001

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has no immediate plans to increase water tariff, a senior official said on Sunday. FEWA Director-General Saeed Al Shamsi said privatisation process would go ahead as scheduled by assigning some of its maintenance work to local companies. He said FEWA was not a social welfare department to create jobs. He called on consumers to install water meters with the help of FEWA and regulate their water consumption patterns. Some consumers cut water ...  >>MORE

Umm Al Nar complex expansion shelved

Posted on 01/10/2001

Plans to develop Abu Dhabi's fourth independent water and power project (IWPP), the Umm Al Nar complex, have been shelved and instead, feasibility studies have begun on developing a new greenfield project, a top official at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) said. "It has been agreed in principle not to go ahead with the Umm Al Nar complex for the time being. But that does not mean ADWEA will not privatise existing water and power plants and sell its assets. Selection of advisors ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa names UWEC Board of Directors

Posted on 17/09/2001

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, today issued a resolution appointing a five-member Board of Directors for the Union Water and Electricity Company, UWEC, responsible for developing a 656MW power plant and a 100 million gallons/day water desalination unit in Fujairah. The resolution stated that the Board will be headed by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Special Report: Abu Dhabi power privatisation shows the way ahead

Posted on 08/09/2001

Special Report: Abu Dhabi power privatisation shows the way ahead In October 1998, when Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) signed an agreement with CMS Energy Corp to develop the UAE's first independent water and power project (IWPP), the Taweelah A-2, it was hailed a landmark achievement, the first and most ambitious privatisation move by any Gulf state. Indeed, the event was in more ways than one significant for the region. A pioneering move, it proclaimed to one and all ...  >>MORE

DEWA to execute Dh2.1b project

Posted on 02/09/2001

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is executing the second phase of its Water Desalination and Electricity Generation Plant in Jebel Ali at a total cost of Dh 2.1billion. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General of DEWA, said the project would be executed by an internationally renowned company specialising in such work. The project includes setting up three gas turbines along with three boilers to recover waste heat created during the process of electricity generation and two ...  >>MORE

GE inks deals with FEWA, Qatargas

Posted on 01/09/2001

General Electric (GE) has signed contracts collectively valued at Dh956million (US$260.5 million), to service gas turbines for Qatar Gas Liquefied Gas Co (Qatargas) and to supply two turbines to the UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA). The U.S. company will supply two Frame 9E turbines to FEWA under the Dh222 million (US$60.5 million) contract, according to UAE dailies. The 123MW units will be installed at Qidfah Power Plant in Fujairah and the Nakheel Power Plant in Ras Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to seek power plant partner

Posted on 28/08/2001

Abu Dhabi will start next month inviting companies, including BP Plc, Europe's second largest oil company to take a minority stake in its US802 million Fujairah power plant, the agency handling the project said. It would be the fourth time the emirate offers a portion of its power and water industry to private companies. The UAE Offsets, an Abu Dhabi government agency will sell as much as 49 per cent of the Fujairah plant, which South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries co will build in Fujrairah. ...  >>MORE

Major project on electricity link planned

Posted on 28/08/2001

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has completed a huge project for establishing an electricity link between all the Northern Emirates and the Eastern and Central Regions and is currently working on a power-link project between itself and the local electricity and water authorities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, according to a senior official. Saeed Majid Al Shamsi, Director General of FEWA, said that a consultant was appointed to conduct a feasibility study for the ...  >>MORE

DEWA to keep tabs on water consumption

Posted on 25/08/2001

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has decided to keep tabs on water consumption in order to conserve precious water resources in the emirate. According to major UAE dailies, which reported the story today, the authority has laid down technical specifications for building contractors who will have to fulfil certain conditions to receive a no-objection letter which is compulsory for a building construction licence. Saeed Al Tayer, Director-General of DEWA, said that to preserve ...  >>MORE

Takreer begins to supply power to ADWEA

Posted on 22/08/2001

Following the signing of a connection agreement in June this year, Abu Dhabi Refining Co (Takreer) has begun supplying power to Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). "Takreer has begun exporting power to the ADWEA grid following the commencement of full load testing of the gas turbine generators in the Ruwais refinery's general utilities plant (GUP) expansion project from July 10," says the latest report from Takreer. The signing of the connection agreement took place on June 19 ...  >>MORE

UOG awards Dh1.6 billion deal to local consortium

Posted on 11/08/2001

The UAE Offsets Group (UOG) yesterday awarded a Dh1.663 billion contract to a local consortium for the transmission package of the Fujairah desalination, power plant and pipeline project. Al Jaber Energy Services and Technip was among four short-listed bidders to win the contract. The other three preferred bidders were South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co (Hanjung), the local Pan Arab Enterprises for Pipeline Construction with India's Larsen & Toubro, and Athens-based ...  >>MORE

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Work on two power plants to start soon


'Water gets top priority in development plans'


ADWEA completes major upgrade of its financial system


UAE among top producers of desalinated water


Mohammed outlines need for water conservation


Power grid will cover all UAE


Dubai Declaration on Integrated Water Resources Management in arid regions


UAE, Morocco discuss joint cooperation in water resources


UAE desalination is 12.5pc of world total


FEWA to commission 200MW project


Dubai set to join power grid this year


UAE to set up a renewable energy centre


Fujairah studies wind energy


DEWA opens part of power station


SEWA in R&D deal with Canada firm


DEWA to set up major transformer plants


SEWA to spend Dh1.66 billion on expansion projects


Seven UAE firms fund utility project


Mineral water must contain fluoride


Gas turbine installed in DEWA project


GFB offers dlrs 62m to Shuweihat project


Islamic fund for Shuweihat secured


East Coast Dam to be completed soon


Shuweihat 1 project company set up


Dam project to be completed soon


Khalifa sets up Dh675m power company


Emirates grid work set to be completed by next year-end


Utility project back on track


French firm wins Dh345m Fujairah deal


Unified power grid to be ready by 2004


'No increase in water tariffs'


Umm Al Nar complex expansion shelved


Sheikh Khalifa names UWEC Board of Directors


Special Report: Abu Dhabi power privatisation shows the way ahead


DEWA to execute Dh2.1b project


GE inks deals with FEWA, Qatargas


Abu Dhabi to seek power plant partner


Major project on electricity link planned


DEWA to keep tabs on water consumption


Takreer begins to supply power to ADWEA


UOG awards Dh1.6 billion deal to local consortium