18 August 2010 – Fujairah Asia Power, which is partly owned by the UK’s International Power and Japan’s Marubeni, plans to start its $2.8bn power plant in the UAE by the end of the year.
The 2000 MW F2 power and seawater desalination plant will supply the eastern coast emirate of Fujairah, home to the world’s third-largest port for refuelling ships.
“The commissioning will be in about three months’ time and the plant will be fully operational by the end of this year,” said Roxy Sam, project manager at FAPCO, reported Reuters.
The power station will use natural gas from Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy, which has a gas pipeline project linking Qatar’s giant North Field with the UAE and Oman – the first cross-border gas project in the Gulf Arab region.
In May, Dolphin said it had completed a section of pipeline that would allow it to supply 350m cfd to two power stations in Fujairah. Utility firm, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority holds a 60 per cent stake in the project, while Marubeni and International Power each hold a 20 per cent stake.