UAE to spend billions on power generation

Feb 03, 2002 01:00 AM

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to invest billions of dollars over the next 10 years in power stations to meet demand, Electricity and Water Minister Humaid bin Nasser al-Owais said.
"More than 8,000 MW will be added within 10 years," the minister said at the opening of the Middle East Electricity exhibition and conference in Dubai. "Our investments will reach many billions of dollars," Owais said, adding that electricity demand in the UAE topped 9,200 MW at the end of 2000.

A study to create a national grid will be completed by April and the project put out to tender four months later at an estimated cost of $ 180 mm, the minister said.
"After the country has been linked together the UAE grid will become part of the wider GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) power network and then connected to systems in the Levant, Egypt and Turkey," he told delegates at what is billed as the Middle East's premier power and electricity industry event.

Source: AFP
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