Sheikh Mohammed allocates $1.6bn for Northern Emirates power projects – United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday announced the allocation of AED5.8 billion ($1.58 billion) for water and electricity projects in the northern emirates.

Sheikh Mohammed also approved a AED2.4 billion project to build dams and a federal water network that connects the water resources of the northern emirates with that of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, state news agency WAM reported.


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.


DEWA receives 5 bids for advisory services for IWP desalination project at Hassyan – Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received 5 bids for an advisory services tender for a 120 MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) water desalination project in Hassyan.

This is the first project to use the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model in Dubai. The project will use Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) and supports DEWA’s efforts to meet growing demand for water in the Emirate.

DEWA received 5 bids from Cranmore Partners from the UAE and UK; Synergy from India and the USA; Deloitte from the USA; PricewaterhouseCoopers from the UK, and Ernst & Young from the UK.


Dh17 million project to enhance water supply across Sharjah – Dubai

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has completed two water transmission lines project with a capacity of 60 million gallons per day and at a cost of Dh17 million.

The transmission lines are from Al Alliah to Al Jubail under the Sharjah Creek.

Dr Rashid Al Aleem, chairman of SEWA, said that it is considered to be one of the most important strategic projects carried out by the SEWA to increase capacity of transferring water produced from the water desalination plant to the Jubail area on the other bank of the creek by more than 100 per cent and distributed to all areas of Sharjah, to keep up with the growing urbanisation.


UAE giants ink deal to develop Dubai power, desalination plant – Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Mubadala and Dubai Holding are to sign an agreement to develop a new power block and a water desalination plant at EGA’s smelter at Jebel Ali in Dubai.

The new facilities will improve the efficiency of power for EGA’s aluminium smelting, reducing environmental emissions and natural gas consumption, a statement said.


Acciona’s Spain to Dubai journey with Jesús Sancho – Dubai

While the company is a relative newcomer in the region, its history stretches back to the 1860s, when it built a railroad in Spain from Medina del Campo to Zamora.

More than 150 years later, Acciona, or Ciz Mzov as it was known in the early days, has become a global business with a presence in 65 countries across five continents.

Its projects span heavy infrastructure, ports, roads, tunnels, desalination plants, hydroelectric dams, solar farms, and oil and gas megaprojects. But in all these years, one thing remains unchanged – Acciona continues to build railways.


Acwa signs partnership deal for giant renewable energy project – Dubai

Acwa Power, a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants based in Saudi Arabia, said it has joined hands with three international groups – Spanish company Abengoa and Chinese firms Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC), Shanghai Electric Group Company (SEGC) – to set up the world’s largest renewable energy project in Dubai, UAE.

As per the deal, Acwa Power is lead developer on the project, while ICBC has established its role as an international lender for Noor Energy 1.


UAE inspires GCC nuclear future – United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is making progress on the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the GCC region.

In July, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced that the first nuclear reactor would come online to start generating electric power in late 2019 or early 2020.

Construction of the UAE’s second nuclear power reactor is nearing completion with pre-operational testing well underway. Pre-operational testing process incorporates all lessons learned from the same test on Unit 1.


Powering the Universe – Dubai

Paddy Padmanathan is the President and CEO of ACWA Power. He has been chosen as the utilities industry personality of the month for his achievement at ACWA Power over the past few years.

Early this year, ACWA power set the pace for the first ever concentrated solar plant (CSP) in Dubai following a ground-breaking ceremony for the $3.8bn project at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar plant.