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21 February 2024

Dh600m deal to build water barrier in capital

By Abdel Hai Mohamed

The Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) has signed an agreement with International Golden Group (IGG) to construct water security barrier systems in Abu Dhabi. The three-year agreement is worth Dh67 million.

The agreement was signed at Idex 2009 by CNIA's Director-General Brigadier Muhair Ali Al Khateri, and IGG Chairman of the Board Mohammed Hilal Sorour Al Kaabi.

After the signing of the agreement, IGG CEO Fadhil Al Kaabi told journalists the agreement is on the first phase of a big security water barrier project worth Dh600 million. "Our company has received many requests from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait to buy those supplies."

Al Khateri said: "The agreement aims to protect the coastal critical infrastructure and prevent attempts to sabotage or damage them. The agreement also aims to prevent environmental pollution by stopping and containing oil spills, indicating protected areas, and providing security and protection for oil tankers through controlling routes. The agreement also seeks to secure smooth oil export operations and minimise risks to water conditions up to 40 per cent during bad weather."

He added that in addition to high durability and resistance, the water security barriers are characterised by high elasticity, easy installation and mobility on any area. The barriers are designed to provide maritime homeland security by allowing for radars, observation cameras and rooms and weapons platforms.

These types of security barriers are in use in the United States, Nigeria and other countries.

Mohammed Al Kaabi said: "IGG has built a strategic partnership with Wave Dispersion Technologies, a leading US manufacturer of several designs of a modular water barrier system known as WhisprWave, which meets the requirements of critical sites."

He further noted that IGG is showcasing its exclusive new defence systems at Idex 2009.