UWEC seeks partner for Fujairah project

ABU DHABI - The Union Water and Electricity Company (UWEC) has invited international power developers to submit by February 1, their expressions of interest for taking equity stake in its power generation and water desalination and transmission project at Qidfa in Fujairah.



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Published: Wed 7 Jan 2004, 10:03 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:03 AM

The invitation is in line with UWEC's stated objective of converting the venture into an independent water and power project (IWPP), the privatisation policy of the Abu Dhabi government and the ongoing privatisation of the power and water sector.

"UWEC is seeking an experienced power and water developer to invest in its existing project, as well as the planned expansion as a strategic partner," said UWEC general manager Ibrahim Al Ansari, according to a Press release issued yesterday. "We intend to finalise the process by the third quarter of 2004 so that we can start construction work on the second phase," he added.

The first phase of UWEC's project in Fujairah has capacity to produce 656MW of power and 100 million gallons a day (mg/d) of potable water. It is capable of exporting up to 500MW of power to the planned Emirates National Grid (ENG) and 100 mg/d of desalinated water to the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

The second phase, currently in the feasibility stage, will involve the addition of up to 1,000 MW and 100 mg/d. UWEC is currently prequalifying contractors for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts after appointing Germany's Fichtner as the consultant for the scheme in July 2003.

From the first phase, UWEC will supply up to 90 million gallons a day (mg/d) of desalinated water to Abu Dhabi and 10 mg/d to the Northern Emirates.

The water will be transported through a 179-kilometre pipeline from Qidfa in Fujairah to Sweihan in Abu Dhabi and will be stored in five 20 mg capacity storage tanks at different locations.

UWEC will supply the water to Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC), the procurement arm of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), which will then supply it to Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (Transco) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC) for further distribution to consumers through their networks.


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