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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ELECTRICITY & WATER

Tabreed’s 2013 energy savings surpass 
1 billion kWh

Posted on 18/01/2014

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), the leading Abu Dhabi-based district cooling utility company, recently announced that its annual energy savings in 2013 reached 1.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). The reduction in energy consumption translates into the elimination of approximately 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, equivalent to the removal of over 110,000 cars from the streets. In the UAE alone, Tabreed's 60 district cooling plants achieved a total energy saving of ...  >>MORE

TAQA wins finance award for ground-breaking power project bond

Posted on 15/01/2014

TAQA, the international energy company based in Abu Dhabi, has won the 2013 Middle East Bond Deal of the Year award from Project Finance International for its Shuweihat S2 refinancing, the first tradable power project bond in the GCC. The prestigious award relates to US$ 825 million in project bonds issued in July 2013, raised for the development of Shuweihat S2, a power and water plant in Abu Dhabi. Stephen Kersley, TAQA's CFO, commented, "The Shuweihat S2 bond refinancing was the first of ...  >>MORE

Dewa CEO invites Irish delegation to participate in green summit

Posted on 10/01/2014

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has received a trade delegation from the Republic of Ireland, led by Daniel Cunningham, Commercial Attaché for the Embassy of Ireland, as well as representatives from six leading Irish companies operating in the water sectors. Al Tayer welcomed the delegation and highlighted the importance of cooperation between Dewa and Irish companies, encouraging them to look into establishing their presence in Dubai by ...  >>MORE

UAE needs to curtail domestic energy consumption habits: Minister of Energy

Posted on 09/01/2014

The United Arab Emirates, with the second largest Arab economy, will develop a diversified and efficient energy portfolio that will sustain future economic growth and extend the country's position as a reliable supplier of crude oil to global markets, the country's Energy Minister has said. "The status quo of high income and low energy prices has created some inefficiencies, adding pressures on hydrocarbon resources and the environment," Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei said ahead of the 5th Gulf ...  >>MORE

Tabreed's energy savings in 2013 surpass 1 billion kWh

Posted on 08/01/2014

The National Central Cooling Company PJSC, Tabreed, yesterday announced that its annual energy savings in 2013 reached 1.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). This significant reduction in energy consumption translates into the elimination of approximately 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, equivalent to the removal of over 110,000 cars from the streets. In the UAE alone, Tabreed's 60 district cooling plants achieved a total energy saving of approximately 1 billion kWh, with the ...  >>MORE

ADWEA forms strategic partnership in support of POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East

Posted on 07/01/2014

Aligned with its commitment towards Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has formed a strategic partnership with PennWell Corporation in support of the upcoming POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East Conferences to be held in Abu Dhabi. The strategic partnership is part of ADWEA's commitment towards providing the guidance and collaboration needed to enable the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to reach its full potential. Bringing together local, regional and ...  >>MORE

Dewa to cut carbon emissions as part of government drive

Posted on 12/12/2013

Dubai's utility company plans to slash carbon emissions from buildings as the Government kick-starts a market for European-style private energy services companies. The new Dubai super energy services company, which will be 99 per cent owned by Dubai Energy and Water Authority (Dewa), would be charged with reducing energy use in government buildings, said Taher Diab, director for strategy and planning at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Emirates Green ...  >>MORE

DEWA's budget for 2014 totals Dh 20.56 billion

Posted on 09/12/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority set it 2014 budget at Dh 20.56 billion, in comparison with Dh 13.835 billion in 2013. The budget represents DEWA 's relentless pursuit to ensure that electricity and water requirements of the Emirate of Dubai conform with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support the Emirate's ambitious development plans at all levels and in all fields, and also as part ...  >>MORE

World's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant planned in Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 26/11/2013

The world's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant will soon be established in Ras Al Khaimah to produce more than 22 million gallons of potable water per day and 20 MW of solar power. The announcement of the plans for the new plant was made by Utico Middle East, the GCC's largest private full-service utility and solutions provider, at the 2nd Global IWPP (independent water and power projects) Summit, currently being held in Ras Al Khaimah. Richard Menezes, Executive Vice Chairman ...  >>MORE

Demand for electricity in UAE to exceed 40,000 megawatts by 2020, says Minister of Energy

Posted on 12/11/2013

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy said that the demand for power in the UAE will exceed to 40,000 megawatts by 2020 at a growing rate of 9 per cent annually, pointing out that rate average is three times of the international energy demand average. He made his remarks yesterday on the occasion of the opening of New Nuclear International Conference (NNIC), which is hosted by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal ...  >>MORE

TAQA releases 9M 2013 results

Posted on 07/11/2013

TAQA, the Abu Dhabi based international energy company, yesterday reported its operational and financial results for the nine months ending 30th September 2013. The company reported yesterday it had returned to profit in the third quarter after posting a loss in the same period last year. The positive figures were down to strong operational performances across its main divisions, following the successful resolution of a series of issues that had affected its U.K. Oil and Gas business and its ...  >>MORE

UAE will tap solar power to diversify energy mix: Al Mazrouie

Posted on 30/10/2013

Though it is a key member and producer in Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), the UAE is opting to diversify its energy mix to include renewable and solar energy, according to Suhail Mohammed Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy. In his keynote address to the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research's 19th Annual Energy Conference :Unconventional Fossil Fuels: The Next Hydrocarbon Revolution, the minister said ...  >>MORE

World Bank report ranks the UAE, represented by DEWA, 1st in

Posted on 30/10/2013

MENA and 4th internationally for ease of access to electricity Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has made a new significant contribution to the UAE's global standing, as the nation is now ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa and fourth internationally for ease of access to electricity, according to the World Bank Report 2014: Doing Business released yesterday. "DEWA has achieved this new milestone in line with its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hamdan inaugurates USD 2.7 billion Shuweihat S2 power plant

Posted on 10/10/2013

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, has said that the U.A.E., led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, strives to upgrade the country's role as a world centre for research and development in the areas of energy and renewable energy. He added that the efforts of Sheikh Khalifa were being followed by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the ...  >>MORE

Empower inks US$142 million deal with Doha Bank

Posted on 06/10/2013

Empower, the leading district cooling service provider in the Middle East, has secured a US$142 million (Dh 521.6 million) loan facility from Doha Bank which is the third largest private commercial bank in Qatar. The loan facility is structured on a five-year plan and will enable Empower to fund its expansion plans in Business Bay and also its other planned projects across Dubai. "Empower is pleased to have this financing facility from Doha Bank. This loan will help us in pursuing our ...  >>MORE

Empower supplies 54,000 RT to Dubai's hotel industry

Posted on 30/09/2013

Empower, a leading district cooling provider in the Middle East, yesterday announced it currently supplies around 54,000 (RT) Refrigeration Tons to Dubai's hotel industry, representing 15% of its total portfolio. The company, in a press release, said the figure is expected to rise further given the volume of hotels that are in the pipeline to support Dubai's plan to welcome 20 million tourists by 2020, which will provide opportunities to adopt district cooling technologies in the hotel ...  >>MORE

UAE leads on sustainable forefront: Report

Posted on 23/09/2013

The electricity and water sector holds a strong fort in the Middle East and continues to grow as regional power generation is expected to rise further with economies such as the UAE showing a huge demand. Increasing residential subscribers, rapid industrialisation and government subsidies are among the prime factors pushing the demand. The UAE is blessed with stable generation of both resources, which supports businesses, aids in prosperity and assists in the development of trade. Plus, as an ...  >>MORE

ENPARK reports 26% growth for H1, 2013

Posted on 03/09/2013

ENPARK (Environment and Energy Park), a business park facilitating the growth of the energy and environment businesses in the Middle East and a member of TECOM Investments, has witnessed growth of 26 per cent during the first half of 2013, awarding licences to eight new companies operating within the park, which boosts the total number of companies present to 48. The announcement was made ahead of GulfSol, the first dedicated exhibition to the Photovoltaics and Solar industries in the MENA ...  >>MORE

Empower records 5.2 per cent leap in July peak consumption

Posted on 26/08/2013

Empower has announced a 5.2 per cent increase in peak consumption in July with the total standing at 83,447,361 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) per hour compared with 79,310,340 RT per hour for the same month in 2012. Ahmad bin Shafar, the CEO of Empower, attributed the growth to three key drivers: Firstly, an increase in the increase in occupancy in residential areas such as Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Al Khail Gate, Ghuroob Mirdif and Tecom C which led to an increase of 4.5% in district ...  >>MORE

DEWA plans 1200MW clean coal power plant

Posted on 21/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for tenders for its new clean coal power plant, as part of its efforts to diversify Dubai's energy mix, and use new sources to generate electricity. The Hassyan plant's total production capacity will reach 1,200MW, which will be carried out in two 600MW phases, with the first phase to be completed by 2020, and the second by 2021, according to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA. The utility said project ...  >>MORE

DEWA retains leading position due to increases in efficiencies

Posted on 20/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has implemented a series of energy- and water-saving measures and initiatives that enabled the utility to reach the highest standards of efficiency and reliability, maintaining Dubai's leading regional position as a global hub for trade, finance and tourism, and working to achieve its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility. Speaking about the achievements, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, pointed out that the results of ...  >>MORE

DEWA on schedule for Dubai's first hydrogeology report

Posted on 19/08/2013

The work on the first hydrogeology report, commissioned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), is on track for delivery. An international consultancy firm was hired to determine existing ground water aquifers through an integrated scientific study that examines the possibility of storing drinking water in naturally-occurring underground spaces. By injecting water into the aquifers, the supply could be used at a later date to extract water when there is increased demand within the ...  >>MORE

Dewa launches ‘Move in, Move Out’ campaign

Posted on 18/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa, announced the launch of a new electronic service to allow its customers to register new accounts and finalise their settlement through Dewa's website. The new e-service will enable new customers to register, and pay their deposit amount in case of ‘moving in', as well as request for the final settlement and return of deposit amount when ‘moving out'. The launch of this new campaign is part of Dewa's strategy to provide easier and more convenient ...  >>MORE

DEWA adopts energy saving practices to meet green building standards and specifications

Posted on 13/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has replaced 5,200 lighting units with new cutting-edge and highly-efficient lighting systems across its premises, including power stations, substations and offices, at a total cost of Dhs5m. This is in line with the 'Green Economy for Sustainable Development' initiative announced by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and complements DEWA's continuous efforts to reduce energy ...  >>MORE

Empower settles Dh83 million loan instalment

Posted on 13/08/2013

Empower announced yesterday that it has settled the half yearly loan instalment of Dh 83 Million. The loan is part of a syndicated loan facility comprising a consortium of international and local banks and financial institutions with Emirates NBD being the facility agent. The loan was used to finance the development of Empower's district cooling plants and networks in areas including Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Business Bay, Mirdif, TECOM C and Al Quoz. "Empower has adopted ...  >>MORE

DEWA records peak load increase of 3.3% this year to date

Posted on 12/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced a rise in the peak load of electricity to 6,857MW in Dubai this year to date, compared to 6,637MW in 2012, recording an extra 220MW, a 3.3% increase. For water, demand increased during the same period from 285 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) to 295.5 MIGD, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said. "We seek to support the vision and strategic plans of the Government of Dubai to ...  >>MORE

Dewa enters ‘Hall of Fame for Investors in Excellence’

Posted on 06/08/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has been entered into the Hall of Fame for Investors in Excellence by the British Investors in Excellence organisation for companies that accomplish advanced results in the field of organisational excellence. Dewa added another achievement to its portfolio of international recognition by being recertified for its Investors in Excellence certificate in recognition of its operational efficiencies. "Led by its vision to become a sustainable ...  >>MORE

Taqa swings to Q2 losses

Posted on 01/08/2013

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (Taqa), the state-owned oil explorer and power supplier, swung to a loss in the second-quarter weighed down by derivatives and hedging exposures and a slump in income from its oil and gas business. Taqa, 75 per cent owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, reported a net loss of Dh172 million or US$46.83 million for the quarter ending June 30, compared with a profit of Dh447 million in the corresponding period in 2012, the company said in a bourse statement. Revenue ...  >>MORE

DM’s first: Power from landfill gas

Posted on 31/07/2013

Dubai's largest waste collection site in Al Qusais on Monday night became the first landfill in the region to run its entire operations with electricity generated from landfill gas. The Dubai Municipality's ambitious waste-to-energy project through the landfill gas recovery plant at the site, which opened in January, is now providing 1MW (1000kW) of electricity to run the high-efficiency gas conversion and flare equipment installed at the plant, site offices and lighting at the landfill spread ...  >>MORE

TAQA: Shuweihat 2 completes an issuance of US$825 million in project bonds

Posted on 30/07/2013

TAQA, the global energy company from Abu Dhabi, has announced that the Ruwais Power Company power and desalination plant (Shuweihat 2) has completed an issuance of USD 825 million in project bonds. The plant, which is 54% owned by TAQA, issued the bonds at a coupon of 6% with a final maturity in August 2036 and an average life of 21.5 years. Stephen Kersley, Chief Financial Officer at TAQA, said: "We are pleased to have reached a successful execution of the Shuweihat 2 bond transaction in ...  >>MORE

Cabinet approves resolutions to develop federal electricity, water services

Posted on 29/07/2013

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said the UAE was heading steadily toward developing key infrastructure sectors, notably electricity and water due to their essential roles in strengthening the national economy. "Our aim is to provide decent living to citizens and keep pace with rapid economic changes to bolster the state's competitiveness and sustainable development", he added. Sheikh Mohammed was addressing the ...  >>MORE

Empower awards Dh155 million contract to TransGulf

Posted on 29/07/2013

Empower (Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, a leading district cooling provider in the Middle East, has awarded an Dh155 million contract to the UAE's TransGulf for the construction of the first district cooling plant in the region built in line with Green Building principles. The contract covers the construction of one building which will comprise district cooling infrastructure such as pumps, chillers, water tanks, cooling towers and office space. The plant will be built in two ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches Carbon Footprint campaign

Posted on 17/07/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched its Carbon Footprint campaign, to support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative to foster sustainable living across the Emirate. Reflecting DEWA's strategy to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources, this new campaign seeks to raise awareness of responsible energy consumption, while encouraging environmental best practices and reducing carbon emissions. Rising energy consumption is one of the leading ...  >>MORE

DEWA wins 5 star rating in health and safety from British Safety Council

Posted on 15/07/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won a 5 star rating in health and safety from the British Safety Council for 2013 in recognition of its commitment to excellence and leadership. DEWA won the rating in addition to receiving the Sword of Honour from 2007 to 2012, which is awarded only to institutions of excellence around the world recognising their efforts in maintaining the highest standards of health and safety in the work environment. DEWA was the only service-based ...  >>MORE

First phase of DEWA's Dh246m Al Lusaily desalinated water reservoir project completed on schedule

Posted on 10/07/2013

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), visited the construction site of a new water reservoir project in Al Lusaily, and inspected its progress, emphasising the importance of completing it by the agreed contractual date. The Dh 246m project, with a capacity of 120 million imperial gallons of desalinated water, will enhance the total storage capacity in the Emirate of Dubai to 790 million gallons upon completion. The project supports ...  >>MORE

DEWA begins implementation of "Green Footprint" initiative

Posted on 09/07/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced the implementation of its "Green Footprint" initiative. This is part of DEWA 's strategy to reduce carbon emissions and minimise any negative effects on the environment, as well as to promote the conservation of natural resources. The initiative also aims to promote the concept of rational consumption of energy and water, set guidelines for the optimal use of energy and water, and educate the public about the best practices they can ...  >>MORE

TAQA launches first sustainable development report

Posted on 08/07/2013

TAQA, the global energy company based in Abu Dhabi, has yesterday released its first annual sustainable development report. The report outlines TAQA's approach and performance in 2012, as well as goals for workplace health and safety, staff development, environmental protection, community relations and industry partnerships. The report, entitled: "Our contribution to sustainable development - Report 2012", reinforces TAQA's commitment to creating value for the long-term future while acting ...  >>MORE

Empower launches Dh15 million project to upgrade Business Bay Executive Towers district cooling plant

Posted on 04/07/2013

Empower has launched a Dh15 million project to upgrade the capacity of its district cooling plant at Business Bay Executive Towers. The upgrade, which is expected to be completed in early 2014, will involve adding one module comprising two chillers to the existing eight modules. Once completed, the plant will have a total capacity of 45,000 RT to provide to its new customers in the mixed-use development of Business Bay. This is a 14 per cent increase. "The upgrade of our district cooling ...  >>MORE

Taqa, Sembcorp and ADWEA celebrate the ground breaking of seawater desalination expansion project in Fujairah, UAE

Posted on 01/07/2013

Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) and its project partners, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Abu Dhabi-based global energy company TAQA, yesterday celebrated the groundbreaking of the US$200 million expansion project for the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in the UAE. Once complete, the expansion will increase the plant's seawater desalination capacity by 30 million imperial gallons per day (MiGD). This additional output will be produced using reverse ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches new Dh 57.5m water pipeline project in Palm Jumeirah

Posted on 01/07/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a new water pipeline project on Palm Jumeirah, in line with its strategy to enhance its infrastructure and meet growing demand for its services across Dubai. Valued at Dh57.5m, the new project includes the planning and laying of 600/900mm-diameter water-transmission pipes, over a total length of 3 kilometres. The project is part of DEWA's strategic objective to enhance the reliability and efficiency of its water distribution networks, ...  >>MORE

DEWA’s Dh360m pipeline project on schedule

Posted on 26/06/2013

The new Dh360 million DEWA pipeline project is progressing as per schedule. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said the project envisages supplying, implementing and extending a water transmission network by 67 km in several areas of Dubai. Announcing the progress of the project, DEWA said it is led by its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and to contribute effectively to the economic, social, and environmental development of Dubai by providing stable and uninterrupted ...  >>MORE

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Tabreed’s 2013 energy savings surpass 
1 billion kWh


TAQA wins finance award for ground-breaking power project bond


Dewa CEO invites Irish delegation to participate in green summit


UAE needs to curtail domestic energy consumption habits: Minister of Energy


Tabreed's energy savings in 2013 surpass 1 billion kWh


ADWEA forms strategic partnership in support of POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East


Dewa to cut carbon emissions as part of government drive


DEWA's budget for 2014 totals Dh 20.56 billion


World's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant planned in Ras Al Khaimah


Demand for electricity in UAE to exceed 40,000 megawatts by 2020, says Minister of Energy


TAQA releases 9M 2013 results


UAE will tap solar power to diversify energy mix: Al Mazrouie


World Bank report ranks the UAE, represented by DEWA, 1st in


Sheikh Hamdan inaugurates USD 2.7 billion Shuweihat S2 power plant


Empower inks US$142 million deal with Doha Bank


Empower supplies 54,000 RT to Dubai's hotel industry


UAE leads on sustainable forefront: Report


ENPARK reports 26% growth for H1, 2013


Empower records 5.2 per cent leap in July peak consumption


DEWA plans 1200MW clean coal power plant


DEWA retains leading position due to increases in efficiencies


DEWA on schedule for Dubai's first hydrogeology report


Dewa launches ‘Move in, Move Out’ campaign


DEWA adopts energy saving practices to meet green building standards and specifications


Empower settles Dh83 million loan instalment


DEWA records peak load increase of 3.3% this year to date


Dewa enters ‘Hall of Fame for Investors in Excellence’


Taqa swings to Q2 losses


DM’s first: Power from landfill gas


TAQA: Shuweihat 2 completes an issuance of US$825 million in project bonds


Cabinet approves resolutions to develop federal electricity, water services


Empower awards Dh155 million contract to TransGulf


DEWA launches Carbon Footprint campaign


DEWA wins 5 star rating in health and safety from British Safety Council


First phase of DEWA's Dh246m Al Lusaily desalinated water reservoir project completed on schedule


DEWA begins implementation of "Green Footprint" initiative


TAQA launches first sustainable development report


Empower launches Dh15 million project to upgrade Business Bay Executive Towers district cooling plant


Taqa, Sembcorp and ADWEA celebrate the ground breaking of seawater desalination expansion project in Fujairah, UAE


DEWA launches new Dh 57.5m water pipeline project in Palm Jumeirah


DEWA’s Dh360m pipeline project on schedule