Emirates National Grid to be operational before November

ABU DHABI — With the interconnection of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) grids, the country is closer to link the country before November 2006 deadline, making

By Haseeb Haider

Published: Sat 19 Aug 2006, 9:07 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:18 PM

Emirates National Grid (ENG) operational."The successful electric power interconnectivity was achieved recently, said a source. The main objective of the ENG project is to provide a flexible operation, enable electric power trading between all the UAE electrical authorities, allowing them mutual assistance for a better network stability and reliable power supply to their customers.

When the Ministry of Energy decided to actually implement the project in 2003, it was planned that the ENG will expand 400 kv from Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi to 'H' station in Dubai and to subsequently hooking up Dhaid in the northern emirates with Fujairah by the end of year, and also in 220 kv from Dhaid to Sharjah power network.

The first phase of the ENG has been completed, enabling Adwea and DEWA to exchange electric power. The seven contracts for the construction of the Emirates National Grid, including Over-Head Lines, sub-stations and control centre were signed in mid-2004, with different implementation durations varying from 24-30 months.

With the interconnection of Adwea and DEWA, the virtual interconnection of GCC Grid has come closer. The interconnection of 400 kv transmission lines into the Emirate National Grid (ENG) will optimise the electricity generation and power transmission system. After the complete emirate interconnection, the ENG will be connected to the six GCC states, which is expected to be completed by 2010, costing over $1.1 billion.

The first section of the interconnectivity project will link Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and is expected to be completed by 2008.

The second section connecting the UAE and Oman will be completed in 2008, with both sections being interconnected in 2010, thus completing the entire project, to export the excess electricity.

From 2006 to 2008, a total of $994.7 million will be spent on the interconnectivity project, with the aim of promoting the necessary investment in order to facilitate electricity exchange and to help the states who are lagging in power supply.

Among the benefits of having a GCC-wide network is that it allows for production-sharing, the countries will have an identical form of electricity and also means there will not be a need to set up separate power plants.

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