Coal, Gas

UAE expand power and water production

8 March 2005 -In order to meet the increase in private consumption and strengthen ongoing industrialization the United Arab Emirates are to build a new power generation facility that includes a desalination plant.

The Asia Gulf Power Holding Company, led by Marubeni of Japan, awarded contracts worth around €330m ($436m) for the project, which will also see the Taweelah B power plant modernized.

The new plant will have a capacity of 970 MW and produce 295 000 cubic metres of drinking water daily. It is scheduled to come online in 2008.

Siemens will supply three gas turbines, one steam turbine, four generators and the ancillary systems. The Italian company Fisia Italimpianti will be responsible for the desalination plant and Babcock Borsig will perform the upgrade work on the existing Taweelah B plant.

A significant amount of revenue from crude oil sales will be invested to expand the country’s power generating and drinking water production capacities. The Emirates has approximately ten per cent of the world’s oil reserves and the fourth largest gas reserves.