UAE plans company to run unified grid

The Emirates News Agency (WAM)

December 12, 2000

Abu Dhabi – The establishment of a federal corporation called The Emirates Power Linkage Corporation and a 400-kilovolt power plant in Al Dhaid have been approved by the concerned authorities, the Sharjah based Arabic daily Al Khaleej cited well placed sources as saying.

The link-up of power grids in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be completed in the first quarter of 2003, and the total cost is put at Dh 600 million, the report said.

The sources said the projects were approved in a meeting chaired recently by Minister of Electricity and Water Hamad bin Nasser Al Owais and attended by representatives from electricity authorities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The corporation would link all power transfer networks in two phases.

The first phase includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the second phase includes Dubai with the rest of the emirates, particularly linking Dubai with Al Dhaid grids through a 400-kilovolt power plant, which in turn links Dubai with Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and the Eastern Region, according to the report. The sources said the linkage of the power grids will help reduce the reserve capacity limits of each authority and consequently cut down operations cost as well as cost of maintenance and investments.

It will also improve the performance of power distribution in the UAE in case of failures or power disconnection. The grid linkage will also allow the installation of high-efficiency large power plants and transfer of power at economical rates.

The ministry’s outlay for complementary projects this year is estimated at Dh 500 million, including Dh 200 million for power generation projects, Dh 200 for power grid linkage projects and Dh 100 million for water desalination projects, in addition to a new Dh 100-million water desalination plant in Ajman to produce 300 million gallons of water. The project is scheduled for completion in 2001, the report said.

The GCC states had recently approved the setting up of a specialised corporation for liking power grids in the six countries with a budget of 1.1 billion US dollars. The first phase of the project includes linking the power grids of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, while the second phase includes Qatar and the UAE and the third includes the UAE and Oman, the report added.

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