FEWA will also provide 960 MW of additional power to the Northern Emirates by the end of 2007, including six gas turbines of 100 MW each between October 2007 and April 2008. By 2009 they will have built two more steam turbines of 180 MW each. The IWPP projects at Fujairah 1 and 11, managed by Abu Dhabi's ADWEA in association with foreign investors, will also significantly increase the availability of power and water in the Northern Emirates.
In addition to FEWA’s input, a 16 million gallon water desalination plant is being constructed by IMDAD, a joint venture between the government of Umm al-Qaiwain and the Saudi based Al Rajhi Investment Group, in Umm al-Qaiwain. Another tender for the 35 MIGD transmission and distribution network was floated at the end of June 2007.
Electricity and water plant in Fujairah.
FEWA is focusing on completing the UAE's Dh840 million (US$228.7 million) nationwide power grid by May 2008. The power link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi was completed in May 2006 and the interconnection with Sharjah was inaugurated at the end of May 2007, following the commissioning of a new 400 kilo volt sub-station in Dhaid. The next phase will be to connect the Dhaid station to Fujairah. The grid will provide more stable electricity supply and allow energy exchange among emirates.
In addition, the US$1.1 billion first phase of the US$7 billion Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) power grid linking the six member states is expected to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2009. More than 30 per cent of the construction in the first phase, which will link Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar through 800 kilometres of transmission lines, was completed at the end of June 2007. The second phase will link the UAE with Oman, and the resulting two mega grids will be joined in the final phase.
Once the grid is ready, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will each receive an extra 1200 MW of power capacity, the UAE will receive 900 MW, Qatar 750 MW, Bahrain 600 MW and Oman 450 MW. The project is expected to reduce the cost of power generation for each country and offer a channel for emergency assistance when needed.
The new GCC power grid is expected to reduce the cost of power generation for member countries and offer a channel for emergency assistance.
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