Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Issues 2019 Annual Technical Report – UAE

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the 2019 Annual Technical Report for Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sectors in Abu Dhabi, as part of its role as the regulating body, in charge of driving improvement in the technical performance of the energy sector. The aim is to enable the sector to play its critical part in driving the energy transition with improved efficiency and security of supply, while contributing to socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The report features performance indicators for the water, electricity, and wastewater and recycled water, health, safety, and environment, exploring productivity rates and the developments that have transformed these sectors, as well as demand loads, transmission and distribution, and power grid performance in addition to identifying licensees in each sector.

The report has been developed based on the regulatory reports and documents submitted to DoE by the licensed companies operating in each sector across the emirate over the course of last year.


TAQA revenue stays stable at $4.79bn in 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), a leading global energy company with operations in 11 countries, said the total group revenues were stable at Dh17.6 billion ($4.79 billion) in 2019 (down 1% versus 2018). 

It said the group had achieved strong operational performance for the year with increased production levels across its businesses: power, water, oil and gas. “This helped ensure continued financial profitability for the group for a third consecutive year, despite more challenging market conditions for the oil and gas industry,” the company said.

The net income attributable to TAQA shareholders was Dh234 million, a Dh164 million decrease year-on-year, it said.


World’s largest reverse osmosis desalination project to open in Abu Dhabi in 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates Water and Electricity Company, EWEC – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation – and ACWA Power – the Saudi-based developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants – have confirmed the successful financial closing of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.

The new plant will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi, with completion expected in 2022.

A partnership of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Mubadala Investment Company holds a 60 percent equity interest in the Taweelah project with the remaining 40 percent held by ACWA Power. 


Ansaldo Energia awarded TNBE power plant service contract – Dubai

Ansaldo Energia has been awarded a 10-year structured service agreement for their Taweelah New B Extension (TNBE) combined cycle power plant by Taweelah Asia Power Company (TAPCO) in Abu Dhabi.

The Italian firm said in a statement that the full-scope, turnkey service agreement with the independent water and power producer (IWPP) covers three dual fuel Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbines and SGEN5-1000A air-cooled generators, coupled with a Siemens SST5-6000 Steam Turbine and SGEN5- 2000H hydrogen-cooled generator, including all related auxiliaries.


EWEC, ACWA Power Sign Deal for Abu Dhabi Desalination Facility – UAE

The Emirates Water and Electricity Company and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power have signed the water purchase agreement for the world’s largest sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant to be constructed at Taweelah Power and Water Complex, 50 km north of Abu Dhabi, at a cost of up to $900 million.

The Taweelah IWP will be the first stand-alone independent water project in Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company had awarded the project to ACWA Power in January 2019.


Abu Dhabi launches new policy on recycled water – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the launch of a ‘Recycled Water Policy,’ that will ensure optimal use of recycled water in the emirate. 

Announced during a workshop held by DoE, which was attended by all concerned parties, the policy supports efforts to preserve Abu Dhabi’s water resources, including drinking and underground water, in order to meet the future needs of all sectors.

Developed in cooperation with the Treated Wastewater Reuse Committee, the ‘Recycled Water Policy’ reinforces its role in ensuring sustainable supplies of recycled water through the distribution companies, said a statement from the DoE. 


GCC tops global water desalination capacity, Sewa chief – Abu Dhabi

GCC countries have the highest water desalination capacity of 81 per cent in the world while running production of around 40 per cent of total global water desalination,” said a top official of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa).

“This explains, on one hand, the development of 289 desalination plants on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea,” remarked Dr Engineer Rashid Al Leem, the chairman of Sewa.


Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Mubadala and Masdar enter into partnership – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, a state-owned entity with a mandate to generate value through active asset management of key utilities’ investments in Abu Dhabi, entered into a strategic partnership with Mubadala Investment Company and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (‘Masdar’); a subsidiary of ‘Mubadala’, during a signing ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019.

The strategic partnership supports the UAE’s efforts to grow the power and water sector, while supporting Abu Dhabi’s long-term sustainable development objectives. Mubadala’s contribution as an experienced investor in utilities illustrates its support to the future development of power and water generation in Abu Dhabi.


Mirfa IWPP: The capital’s hope – Abu Dhabi

The demand for electric power and water are inextricably linked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

One of its newer and larger plants, the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Plant, which has a power capacity of 1.6 GW and produces 52.5 million gallons of water per day, integrates the newest iterations of power generation and desalination technologies.

Over the years, the UAE has leveraged its large oil and natural gas resources to bolster a booming economy and to support its financial and trading importance in the Middle East and around the world.


Seven bidders up for Taweelah desalination project in Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi

Acwa Power of Saudi Arabia, along with its partner Abengoa, placed the lowest bid using the higher electricity tariff at AED8.26 ($2.25) per 1,000 gallons (4.55 m3); or $0.49 per cube

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has unveiled the seven consortia bidding for Taweela desalination plant mega-project, with the lowest price coming from ACWA Power at $0.49 per cube.