UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) is planning to build up to a total of 13 power stations in the next two years, a senior official has revealed.
The move is part of the utility’s ongoing nationwide power network development.
The additional 13 power stations are expected to be built at a cost of $408mn (Dh1.5bn), and are part of 40 stations planned in three phases across the UAE.
Seven stations will be built in Ras Al Khaimah, and six in Fujairah, Central Region, Umm Al Quwain, and Ajman.
"Up to 27 of these have already been built, while the remaining 13 stations are to be completed within two years,” Mohammed Saleh, director-general of the FEWA was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying.
"All the already approved projects are in line with the UAE Vision 2021, and do reflect the directives of the government in boosting development and adoption of the latest international standards."
Saleh noted that high and low voltage networks had been built in the first and second phase of the new electricity projects. These two phases spanned the development of 24 stations worth Dh1.170bn.
As many as 22 stations worth Dh45 million each have been completed while two of them were worth Dh90 million each."
Three new power stations have been recently opened under the third phase of the mega project, he stated. "Each one of the last three stations costs Dh110 million."
The third phase of the project includes 13 power stations and new transmission and connection networks for supplying electricity to the targeted areas, he underlined.
The already built power stations include nine in Ras Al Khaimah, four in Umm Al Quwain, two in Ajman, four in the Central Region, three in Fujairah, along with two high-voltage stations. Three stations opened in May this year as part of the third phase.