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$2.7bn power plant opens

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, led the inauguration ceremony of a major new power and water plant in Al Gharbia (Western Region) of Abu Dhabi in the presence of other senior government representatives and dignitaries.

Located 260 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi, Shuweihat S2 is the latest addition to Abu Dhabi's power and water infrastructure network. It adds 1,510 megawatts to the emirate's generation capacity, enough to provide power to more than 300,000 homes. The plant also produces up to 100 million imperial gallons of potable water each day, representing 15 percent of Abu Dhabi's water desalination capacity.

Shuweihat 2 is owned by Ruwais Power Company, a joint venture of Taqa, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea), GDF Sues, Marubeni and Osaka Gas.

The Ruwais Power Company partners have invested $2.7 billion in the construction of Shuweihat S2 with a view to meeting the challenge of providing reliable energy and water to a population in Abu Dhabi predicted to rise to five million by 2030.

Sheikh Hamdan said the inauguration of Shuweihat S2 in Al Ruwais city is "a practical translation of the interest of the state in providing basic services and decent living conditions to Emiratis in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030."

He added that the UAE leadership gives priority to the issue of diversification of energy sources in Abu Dhabi.

He commended the existing partnerships between the UAE and international major companies to implement strategic projects.