UAE architects make cement out of salt – United Arab Emirates

A Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material.

Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, principal architects at waiwai, enlisted the scientific knowhow of universities in the UAE and Japan to create a cement made using brine generated by the UAE’s desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater.

They were inspired by the UAE’s mineral-rich sabkha — salt flats that are part of the country’s wetlands. “It a huge area … that’s often overlooked,” Al Awar told CNN.


DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant completes three million man-hours without LTI – United Arab Emirates

DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant in JAPS, Dubai has announced the completion of three million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as construction passes the 70% completion mark.

The achievement reflects the shared commitment from DEWA, engineering firm ILF and the construction consortium formed by ACCIONA and ACCIONA , towards risk prevention and to Health and Safety measures for all workers on the project, a statement said.

It added that the milestone was achieved while strictly observing all the international and local protocols put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE’s Qatra to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Sharjah based Qatra Water Solutions has said that it is in the process of rapidly expanding its wastewater treatment capacity.

“We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah,” said Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions.

Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, and BESIX, a company operating in infrastructure concessions and construction.


Shurooq JV to complete new recycled water project in June – United Arab Emirates

Qatra Water Solutions, a leading company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah, is set to complete work on its recycled water filling station located in the emirate’s Bridi area by month-end, said a top official.

Qatra is a joint venture between Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Besix, a major player in the infrastructure concessions and construction sector.

The new facility will be instrumental in supplying local farms with reliable and affordable water and to provide reused water to a park close to the facility.


UAE- Sharjah facility to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates News Agency (WAM)) By Binsal Abdulkader   SHARJAH, 5th June, 2020 (WAM) — A company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah is planning to double its treatment capacity by 2022, a senior executive told Emirates News Agency, WAM.

“Today, we are focusing on expanding our wastewater treatment capacity. We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah,” said Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions.

Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, and BESIX, a company operating in infrastructure concessions and construction.


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.


SEWA chairman says emirate has developed a comprehensive plan to ensure provision and continuity of water supplies to residents – UAE

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the provision and continuity of water supplies for the emirate’s residents, on par with the highest levels of availability, reliability and quality, the authority’s chairman has said.

In a statement released by SEWA, Dr Rashid Alleem said that Sharjah’s water networks extend for more than 3,500km and that production reaches 110 million gallons per day across the emirate, including 90 million gallons during the day.

“The authority is making great efforts to produce and desalinate water and distribute it to subscribers, as well as to educate them about the importance of water conservation and optimal use, as well as about remaining at home, except in cases of emergencies, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Dr Alleem.


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.


Dubai adds innovation to destination status – UAE

Over the years, Dubai’s rapid transformation has put it at the forefront of key sectors of the global economy. A strong focus on innovation is now further boosting the city’s economic diversification and in turn enhancing Dubai’s status as an international meetings hub.

Taking its lead from the UAE National Strategy for Advanced Innovation, Dubai is today building a reputation for its knowledge base and the visionary strategies of its leaders, put in place to accelerate innovation across key sectors, including renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

Dubai has been consistently ranked the “Most Innovative City” in the region and the highest-ranking city for deployment of smart city apps — with the highest awareness, usage and satisfaction among its residents. This rapid evolution of innovation and digital transformation has made its way into the city’s infrastructure, bolstering not only the aforementioned verticals, but playing a major role in the business events sector, enhancing the delegate experience and creating lasting legacies.


Financial closure achieved for largest desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain – UAE

United Arab Emirates: A consortium consisting of ACWA Power and MDC Power Holding Company LLC, an entity fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala) along with the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) has achieved the financial closure for the 150 MIGD Umm Al Quwain Independent Water Project (IWP) in the United Arab Emirates.

The $800 million project is funded on a debt to equity ratio of up to 85/15. A syndicate of seven international and local lenders will provide the $680 million senior debt.

The mandated lead entities including Korea Development Bank, MUFG Bank, Siemens Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, First Abu Dhabi Bank and the Saudi American Bank helped structure the first IWP non-recourse project finance debt for FEWA on a 24.5-year door-to-door tenor.