The Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) will partner with Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC) to deliver the “most efficient” gas-fired power plant in the country.
The proposals would make FEWA the highest-ranking authority in the Gulf for electricity production efficiency, state-held news agency Wam reports.
Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy & Industry and FEWA chairman, said the plant forms part of a wider strategy to achieve energy security, reduce the excessive consumption of energy, and preserve the environment.
Speaking to WAM, Al Mazrouei said: "The authority aims to completely utilise reverse osmosis in the desalination process, which is part of the UAE's water security strategy, through the establishment of a desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain with a production capacity of 150million gallons.
“This will reduce the carbon footprint and is in line with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050.”
Al Mazrouei noted that the UAE has considerable experience in energy diversification and demand management, while pointing out that FEWA has witnessed growth in the demand for energy of between 4% and 6%, which requires greater reliance on more effective processes to generate water and electricity, to provide better economic options for consumers.
On the sidelines of his participation in the 24th World Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, Al Mazrouei added: "The participation of FEWA in this major global event aims to take advantage of the latest innovations.
“It will also present the UAE’s model to 150 countries during the conference, which will enable them to benefit from the country's leading knowledge of the energy sector."