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million (Dh18.35 million) project is funded by the Ra’s al-Khaimah government and the prototype, due to be operational by the end of 2008, will be tested in the desert before being launched at sea.


Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) estimates that real estate and industrial projects planned for Abu Dhabi will require a formidable expansion in power generation capacity up to 2020. With the fast pace of growth in Abu Dhabi, early assessment of the future power demand is a prerequisite as three and half to four years are required to build and commission new power and water stations.

From January 2008, all new buildings in Dubai will be constructed in accordance with international, environment-friendly green-building standards.

From a current peak demand of 4790 MW, ADWEA is presently forecasting that the total system peak demand in Abu Dhabi Emirate will rise to 8735 MW by 2010 and to 14,340 MW by 2020 (base forecast). The demand for power in Abu Dhabi is expected to grow by 900 MW or 10 per cent per annum from 2010 to 2013. At present, available capacity is 8400 MW.

To meet the discrepancy, optimisation and expansion of existing facilities as well as development of greenfield sites is ongoing. Over Dh50 billion has been pumped into the water and power sector since Abu Dhabi embarked upon its privatisation drive in 1998 pushing the emirate's generating capacity to more than 7000 MW and 500 MIGW daily from these projects.

Sceptics had originally voiced concern over Abu Dhabi’s pioneering privatisation plans, particularly the UAE's first independent water and power project (IWPP), Taweelah A-2. Today, Taweelah A-2 is being used across the region as a blueprint for a successful privatisation strategy and Abu Dhabi will soon be 100 per cent privatised in this sector.

France's Total and Belgium-based Suez Energy are investing US$400 million (Dh1.46 billion) to expand Abu Dhabi's second independent water and power project adding 250 MW of power to the Taweelah A1 plant. When the expansion is completed, total capacity will rise to 1600 MW. Commercial operations at the expanded plant will commence in 2009. Taweelah A1, which was commissioned in 2003, has a current capacity of 1350 MW of power and 84 MIGD of water.

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