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Empower sets up Command and Control Centre

Posted on 24/07/2014

Empower, the world's largest district cooling services provider, has begun construction for a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre (CCC) in Dubai, a project which integrates all operations for the company. With this centre, Empower will have a birds-eye view of all activities in 57 plants including operations, spanning from the efficiency of its cooling towers to consumer consumption patterns. This investment represents a global first: more than one million parameter tags on a ...  >>MORE

DEWA awards Dh65 million contract to increase reliability and efficiency of water transmission networks

Posted on 14/07/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has awarded a Dh65 million contract for a project that will increase the reliability of its water networks in different parts of Dubai. The project, slated to be completed by June 2016, involves the supply, installation and commissioning of surge protection devices for DEWA's pumping station in areas such as Jebel Ali, Mushrif, and Hatta. "DEWA seeks to increase the productivity, operational efficiency and reliability of its water supply networks ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches its Samsung Gear 2 app for smart watches

Posted on 07/07/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has launched its application for Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smart watches, which underlines DEWA's commitment to providing its services across all platforms to ease the lives of its customers. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said, "The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smart app is another channel to provide DEWA's services to its customers. This supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister ...  >>MORE

DEWA awards Dh203m contract for 620km of 11kV power cables

Posted on 06/07/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ) has awarded contracts worth Dh 203 million for 620km of 11kV power cables to a number of national companies as part of its efforts to provide services to the highest levels of efficiency and reliability, and to meet the criteria for its electricity distribution network expansion. The contract covers the manufacture and supply of the aluminium and copper cables necessary for expanding electricity distribution in various areas of Dubai. This is to ...  >>MORE

DEWA to install new 132/11kV transformer in Jumeirah

Posted on 03/07/2014

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has signed a deal for the provision of a new major 132/11kV transformer in Jumeirah at a cost of Dh76 million, in an effort to accommodate growing energy demands in the city. The decision comes as part of DEWA's development project plans which will see the installation of new power stations in different areas in Dubai. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA's Managing Director and CEO, said that the authority has a role in contributing to the ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. sets Gulf pace in non-reliance on hydrocarbons

Posted on 01/07/2014

The U.A.E. leads Gulf countries in its attempt to diversify its economy away from hydrocarbons, but the country is still over reliant on the energy sector, say analysts at ratings agency Standard & Poor's. "The [U.A.E.] economy appears [to be] the most diversified in the GCC,” said the report. But "in our opinion [it] remains dependent on hydrocarbon revenues”. The need to diversify away from energy is a high priority for the country's rulers, who have used sovereign wealth funds to support ...  >>MORE

Dh260 million Dewa grid upgrade completed

Posted on 29/06/2014

This is to further strengthen reliable, efficient and uninterrupted power distribution across Dubai, in line with the Dewa's vision to become a sustainable world-class utility by upgrading the power infrastructure to meet growth in demand. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa, has completed a Dh260 million project to modify its transmission grid to redistribute loads across power stations. This is to further strengthen reliable, efficient and uninterrupted power distribution ...  >>MORE

DEWA encourages less use of home appliances during peak hours

Posted on 24/06/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has launched its annual Peak Load Campaign, to encourage customers to reduce electricity and water consumption during peak hours, 12 - 6 p.m., from June to August. The campaign urges consumers to switch off non-essential electrical appliances and rationalise use of electricity during that period, demonstrating DEWA's commitment to sustainable development. "In line with our strategy to strengthen sustainable development through the sensible use of ...  >>MORE

DEWA announces complete transformation of its services into smart services

Posted on 16/06/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has said that all its services are available online and the hallmark is achieved in less than a year after the launch of the Smart Dubai initiative. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA announced that the achievement is in line with the Smart Government phase, the post e-Government initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which will contribute to making a ...  >>MORE

SEWA vows 10 MGD more water

Posted on 16/06/2014

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), under the new chairmanship of Dr Eng Rashid Obaid Jumaa Al Leem, inaugurated a new water desalination plant in Hamriyah, which has a total capacity of 100 million gallons, and became the first and the only emirate in the U.A.E. with excess water supply. The Dh636-million project (plant and pipelines) will produce 20 million gallons of high quality potable water every day (MGD). Intake and pump houses are located in Hamriyah. After the project ...  >>MORE

Empower to showcase new technology in Seattle

Posted on 05/06/2014

Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, on Wednesday announced its participation at the annual International District Energy Association (IDEA) conference and trade show in Seattle for the tenth year running. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, will take part as a featured speaker at the conference and on a panel discussion entitled Future Proofing Cities for Efficiency, Resiliency, & Economic Durability. Bin Shafar will share Empower's experiences and discuss best ...  >>MORE

DEWA achieves impressive reduction in demand for energy and water

Posted on 27/05/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved considerable success in reducing the demand for energy and water in Dubai through a wide series of initiatives to meet the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce energy demand by 30 percent in 2030. DEWA has succeeded in reducing annual per capita consumption of electricity to 15,346 kW in 2013 compared with 16,022 kW in 2010, while the annual per capita consumption ...  >>MORE

UAE's DEWA receives ideasUK 'Gold Level' accreditation for eSuggest scheme

Posted on 25/05/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received the ideasUK 'Gold Level' Accreditation for its Customer Suggestion Scheme, eSuggest, and has become the first government entity in UAE to receive the prestigious accreditation. "In line with the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DEWA is working towards improving its performance and efficiency levels in its service, enabling us to serve happier ...  >>MORE

DEWA records remarkable progress in new main water pipeline project

Posted on 18/05/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has recorded significant progress in the launch of a new water transmission line at a total length of 67km, covering several areas of Dubai including the Dubai-Al Ain road, Dubai bypass road, Doha Street, and the camel racetrack. Building on the framework of its strategic plan to increase the efficiency and reliability of water systems, the new water pipeline will enable DEWA to meet the growing demand and increased water flow volumes in the various ...  >>MORE

TAQA profits up 108 per cent in Q1 for 2014

Posted on 15/05/2014

TAQA, the international energy and water company from Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced its net profit after minority interests grew by 158 per cent to Dh 274 million in the first quarter in the quarter for 2014, due to a recovery in UK North Sea oil output, stronger natural gas prices in North America and higher technical availability in the international power fleet. TAQA profits up 108 per cent in Q1 for 2014. Total revenues rose 34 per cent to Dh 7.3 billion, while underlying revenues, ...  >>MORE

Desalination plants to run on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/05/2014

Nearly a third of the UAE's greenhouse gas emissions, which are produced by burning conventional fossil fuel, comes from desalination plants. Plans to create these plants running on renewable energy have finally been set in motion by Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar. The plan was on the drawing board for a year, but on Monday, during the Abu Dhabi Ascent climate change conference, Masdar and its partners for the project, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Abu Dhabi Water ...  >>MORE

UAE scheme for Drinking Water to go into force as of 1st October: Bin Fahad

Posted on 21/04/2014

The UAE mandatory technical regulation for drinking water will take effect as of 1st October 2014, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and Chairman of Emirates Standardisation Metrology Authority (ESMA), announced yesterday. The minister made it clear that any drinking water products which don't comply with the UAE Scheme for Drinking Water, approved by the UAE cabinet, and don't carry the Emirates Quality Mark (conformity mark recognised by ESMA) will not be allowed ...  >>MORE

TAQA secures US$200m Samurai loan

Posted on 18/04/2014

TAQA, the global energy company based in Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced the successful signing of a US$00 million (JPY 20.4 billion) Samurai loan facility. The five-year loan was arranged by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ at a competitive 60 basis points over Japanese Yen LIBOR, and has been fully swapped into US Dollars by Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. The funds will be used to refinance a portion of TAQA's upcoming US$1.2 billion bond maturity. "This is the first part of our 2014 refinancing ...  >>MORE

MBRSG organises field visit to UK for participants of DEWA frontiers Leadership Development Programme

Posted on 13/04/2014

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), organised a visit to London for 26 senior managers from different departments of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to study best benchmarking practices as part of the two-year Frontiers Leadership Development customised programme that concludes in May 2014. The trip offered participants the opportunity to identify and gain insights into best practices at various government departments in the UK. MBRSG's Frontiers programme ...  >>MORE

Carbon emissions in UAE set to fall by 2021

Posted on 03/04/2014

Air quality in the UAE is set to become healthier by 2021 as authorities are carrying out a number of initiatives to reduce its ranking from being one of the highest emitters of carbon dioxide per capita. "In 2013, the United Nations certified Dubai as having reduced 1.5 million tonnes and, by 2021, we aim to use 24 per cent of clean energy to power the emirate,” said Waleed Salman, Executive Vice-President of Strategy and Business Development, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa). ...  >>MORE

TAQA announces annual audited results for 2013

Posted on 26/03/2014

TAQA, the Abu Dhabi based international energy and water company, today announced its annual audited results for 2013. TAQA's underlying revenues, cash flow and earnings all saw improvement in a year of resilient operational performance. Underlying revenues grew 3% year-on-year to AED 21.1 billion, and the business continued to generate strong operational cash flows, with EBITDA rising 1% to AED 13.4 billion. The net result was affected by a one-off, non-cash impairment related to the value ...  >>MORE

Dubai power demand up 3.3% at 6,857MW in 2013

Posted on 17/03/2014

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa, recorded a 3.3 per cent rise in power demand in 2013 as its customer base climbed 4.4 per cent to 652,200. The utility, which currently has 9,656MW of power capacity and 470 million imperial gallons per day of water capacity, said its peak load grew to 6,857MW in 2013 from 6,637MW in 2012, and that the system requirements for electricity reached 37,478 gigawatts per hour in 2013 compared to 36,299GWh in 2012 — a growth of 3.24 per cent. Peak ...  >>MORE

TAQA-led consortium to acquire two Indian hydroelectric plants

Posted on 03/03/2014

A consortium led by TAQA, the international energy and water company from Abu Dhabi, has agreed to acquire two hydro-electric plants in India, making TAQA the largest private operator of hydro-electric plants in India. The agreement follows the signing of the UAE-India Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in December 2013 and a commitment made by the UAE to invest USD2 billion in India's infrastructure sector at the first UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments ...  >>MORE

Empower plant 70% complete

Posted on 27/02/2014

Will deliver 300,000 RT on completion in Business Bay Dubai-based district cooling company Empower announced that 70 per cent of the first phase of its Business Bay facilities has been constructed and will begin operations in May 2014 after the Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) network is up and running. The Business Bay plant is notable for being the first district cooling facility to implement the Dubai Executive Council's guidelines on environmental sustainability. Construction progress on the ...  >>MORE

DEWA commissions new Dh118 million substation at Dubai Airport Free Zone

Posted on 24/02/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has marked a significant milestone in its mission to install and launch substations, with the commissioning of an Dh 118 million substation at Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) this month. The station, which is 132/11 kV, has a capacity of 150 MVA, and was built at a cost of Dh 86 million. The cost also includes extending ground cables that link the station network, at Dh32 million, to meet the growing demand for electricity. "To achieve the ...  >>MORE

UAE introduces environment-friendly indoor lighting standard

Posted on 18/02/2014

Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and key strategic partners of the UAE's Ecological Footprint Initiative has announced the introduction of an indoor lighting standard in the UAE and call on residents and businesses to switch to energy efficient lighting as of today. The standard will see the introduction of safe, high quality and energy efficient lighting products to the UAE market, as well as the phasing out of low quality, inefficient lighting products. These ...  >>MORE

DEWA starts construction work on 400 kv main substation at Seih Al Dahl

Posted on 17/02/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has commenced construction work and the commissioning of a 400 kv main substation at Seih Al Dahl to connect the projects of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to its grid, and to provide power to Mohammed Bin Rashid City. The initiative is a part of DEWA's commitment to the initiatives launched by the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD ...  >>MORE

TAQA and FEWA to develop water desalination plant in Ajman

Posted on 05/02/2014

TAQA, the international energy and water company based in Abu Dhabi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal Electricity and Water Authority, FEWA, to develop a standalone seawater desalination plant in Al Zawra in the Emirate of Ajman. The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi by Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director General of FEWA, and Carl Sheldon, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA). in the presence of Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches the first ESCO's Regulatory Framework in the Middle East

Posted on 03/02/2014

Dubai today launched the regulatory framework of energy service companies - the first of its kind in the Middle East - by the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity and Water Sector. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), stated that due to the initiatives and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister ...  >>MORE

Empower reveals details of US$600 million loan and growth strategy

Posted on 27/01/2014

Empower, one of the leading district cooling service providers in the Middle East, has announced details of the US$600 million loan recently secured by the company. The syndicated term loan facility has been underwritten through four mandated lead arrangers, including Citibank, Standard Chartered, Emirate NBD and Mashreq with a 6 year term. Repayments are scheduled to be made in half-yearly instalments with the final instalment due in December 2019. "Empower continues to pursue a strategy of ...  >>MORE

DEWA commences Dh14 million SCADA project

Posted on 26/01/2014

Dubai Electricity and water Authority (DEWA) has commenced work on a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the main water network in Dubai remotely. The project is part of DEWA's strategic plan to enhance the efficiency of water networks to meet the growing demand for water supply at the highest levels of availability and reliability. It also aims to enhance Dubai's infrastructure to meet the requirements of sustainable development, and promote the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Rashid opens DEWA's Dh 500 million Warsan Complex and Al Qusais Control Centre

Posted on 23/01/2014

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), yesterday officially opened DEWA's Warsan Complex and Al Qusais Control Centre. Present were Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, Juma Al Majid, and senior officials from ministries, directors of government departments, and ...  >>MORE

UAE officially presents bid to host World Energy Congress 2019

Posted on 22/01/2014

The UAE has a rich heritage of energy leadership and has partnered without interruption with the world's leading energy companies to ensure reliable oil and gas supply, taking the same approach in new energy sectors, both domestically and globally, said Minster of Energy Suhail bin Mohamed Al Mazrouei. 'We are a long-time partner of the World Energy Congress (WEC), and look forward to building a platform in 2019 that drives members' investment opportunities and enhances their market outlooks, ...  >>MORE

Al Mubarak: The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent

Posted on 22/01/2014

The demand for water is so high and the recharge rate so low that we know our use of groundwater is unsustainable. The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent. Today we have less water in our aquifers than we did last year and we are therefore one year closer to running out. This statement was made by Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), while speaking yesterday at the International Water Summit 2014 (IWS) that ...  >>MORE

Water saving foam resin, Tarsheed Initiative launched at WFES 2014

Posted on 22/01/2014

An innovative water saving foam was launched yesterday at the World Future Energy Summit 2014 as a response to the challenge to conserve water resources in Abu Dhabi. This foam provides the perfect medium for water to be captured in volumes of up to 60 percent and then efficiently released back into the soil to be absorbed by plant roots. The foam is being introduced by a newly launched company Tarsheed, which is a subsidiary of Exeed Industries. "There is a need to intensify water ...  >>MORE

Dams retain over 400,000 cubic metre of rainwater over last two days

Posted on 22/01/2014

Eleven dams in the eastern, central and northern regions of the UAE have retained 462,000 cubic metres of water from rain which fell on 18 and 19 January, the Ministry of Environment and Water announced yesterday. The ministry said rainfall replenishes underground water reserve and improves opportunities of good farming season. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Empower acquires Palm Utilities and Palm District Cooling in US$500 million deal

Posted on 20/01/2014

Empower, one of the leading district cooling services provider in the Middle East, has announced that it has acquired Palm Utilities, including its district cooling service entity, Palm District Cooling (PDC), from Istithmar World in what is considered to be one of the largest ever acquisitions in the district cooling industry. The agreement was signed by Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, and Hamad Buamim, Board Member of Dubai World, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Dewa makes progress on Dh360 million project

Posted on 19/01/2014

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa, is moving forward with its developmental projects to enhance the power and water infrastructure and total capacity. The utility provider is focused on supporting the sustainable growth of Dubai and provide its services at the highest levels of reliability and efficiency. It has announced that its Dh360 million water pipeline project is progressing as per schedule. The project envisages supplying, implementing and extending a water ...  >>MORE

Tabreed’s 2013 energy savings surpass 
1 billion kWh

Posted on 18/01/2014

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), the leading Abu Dhabi-based district cooling utility company, recently announced that its annual energy savings in 2013 reached 1.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). The reduction in energy consumption translates into the elimination of approximately 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, equivalent to the removal of over 110,000 cars from the streets. In the UAE alone, Tabreed's 60 district cooling plants achieved a total energy saving of ...  >>MORE

TAQA wins finance award for ground-breaking power project bond

Posted on 15/01/2014

TAQA, the international energy company based in Abu Dhabi, has won the 2013 Middle East Bond Deal of the Year award from Project Finance International for its Shuweihat S2 refinancing, the first tradable power project bond in the GCC. The prestigious award relates to US$ 825 million in project bonds issued in July 2013, raised for the development of Shuweihat S2, a power and water plant in Abu Dhabi. Stephen Kersley, TAQA's CFO, commented, "The Shuweihat S2 bond refinancing was the first of ...  >>MORE

Dewa CEO invites Irish delegation to participate in green summit

Posted on 10/01/2014

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has received a trade delegation from the Republic of Ireland, led by Daniel Cunningham, Commercial Attaché for the Embassy of Ireland, as well as representatives from six leading Irish companies operating in the water sectors. Al Tayer welcomed the delegation and highlighted the importance of cooperation between Dewa and Irish companies, encouraging them to look into establishing their presence in Dubai by ...  >>MORE

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Empower sets up Command and Control Centre


DEWA awards Dh65 million contract to increase reliability and efficiency of water transmission networks


DEWA launches its Samsung Gear 2 app for smart watches


DEWA awards Dh203m contract for 620km of 11kV power cables


DEWA to install new 132/11kV transformer in Jumeirah


U.A.E. sets Gulf pace in non-reliance on hydrocarbons


Dh260 million Dewa grid upgrade completed


DEWA encourages less use of home appliances during peak hours


DEWA announces complete transformation of its services into smart services


SEWA vows 10 MGD more water


Empower to showcase new technology in Seattle


DEWA achieves impressive reduction in demand for energy and water


UAE's DEWA receives ideasUK 'Gold Level' accreditation for eSuggest scheme


DEWA records remarkable progress in new main water pipeline project


TAQA profits up 108 per cent in Q1 for 2014


Desalination plants to run on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi


UAE scheme for Drinking Water to go into force as of 1st October: Bin Fahad


TAQA secures US$200m Samurai loan


MBRSG organises field visit to UK for participants of DEWA frontiers Leadership Development Programme


Carbon emissions in UAE set to fall by 2021


TAQA announces annual audited results for 2013


Dubai power demand up 3.3% at 6,857MW in 2013


TAQA-led consortium to acquire two Indian hydroelectric plants


Empower plant 70% complete


DEWA commissions new Dh118 million substation at Dubai Airport Free Zone


UAE introduces environment-friendly indoor lighting standard


DEWA starts construction work on 400 kv main substation at Seih Al Dahl


TAQA and FEWA to develop water desalination plant in Ajman


Dubai launches the first ESCO's Regulatory Framework in the Middle East


Empower reveals details of US$600 million loan and growth strategy


DEWA commences Dh14 million SCADA project


Hamdan bin Rashid opens DEWA's Dh 500 million Warsan Complex and Al Qusais Control Centre


UAE officially presents bid to host World Energy Congress 2019


Al Mubarak: The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent


Water saving foam resin, Tarsheed Initiative launched at WFES 2014


Dams retain over 400,000 cubic metre of rainwater over last two days


Empower acquires Palm Utilities and Palm District Cooling in US$500 million deal


Dewa makes progress on Dh360 million project


Tabreed’s 2013 energy savings surpass 
1 billion kWh


TAQA wins finance award for ground-breaking power project bond


Dewa CEO invites Irish delegation to participate in green summit