Electricity and water projects nationwide worth up to Dh10 billion are being implemented now by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority of the UAE (Fewa) to meet increasing demand, Director General of Fewa Mohammed Mohammed Saleh stated.
"FEWA was able to adapt its projects to meet the increasing demand on power and water in the UAE," Saleh said in statements to Al Ittihad newspaper, and added that work is progressing, thanks to the directives and support from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
In Phase-1, which was carried out last year, electricity projects worth Dh5 billion were aimed to increase the transfer capacity of the grid to 7100 mega volts and for distribution grids from 4400 to 6600 mega volts.
Phase-2, with a total cost of Dh1.3 billion, covers Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Dhaid, Deba and Fujairah, Saleh told the Arabic language daily.
The Government of Abu Dhabi is working on meeting 95% of total demand on electricity in all emirates by 2013 and increasing desalination capacity from 30% to 41% by 2012, Saleh added.
The efforts also seek to decrease dependence of underground water from 24% to 9% by 2013 as well as to increase the share of desalinated water in total consumption from 76% to 9% by 2013.