Adwec sees 4.75% growth in power capacity

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, or Adwec, sees single- digit growth in power and water capacities this year as new projects come online, its senior official said.

By Muzaffar Rizvi

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Published: Thu 18 Apr 2013, 10:38 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:31 AM

The wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) expects 4.75 per cent increase in its power capacity to 14,500 megawatts while water space may grow at 9.17 per cent to over 1,000 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) in 2013.

“Some mega projects are in the pipeline and expected to come online that will boost the power generation and water capacity in the emirate,” Hamad Mohammed Al Mehrzi, power forecaster –developee, Adwec told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of Wetex 2013, which concluded on Thursday.

Elaborating, he said Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world, has already begun operations last month. “The 100-megawatt solar plant can supply 50MW, at peak time, to the system,” he said adding that 493MW electricity from S3 power plant will be available during summer this year. “The 1,647MW S3 power plant, operated by Shuweihat Asia Power Company, will be fully commissioned by first quarter of 2014,” he said.

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