DEWA & EtihadWE discuss ties to enhance UAE’s water & electricity network

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has received HE Eng. Yousif Al Ali, CEO of Etihad Water and Electricity (EtihadWE) to build closer ties between the government organizations in the UAE.

The meeting aimed to enhance cooperation between the two sides, including strategies for integrating clean and renewable energy sources and the use of modern technologies to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of electricity and water networks in the UAE.

At the start of the meeting, Mr. Al Tayer welcomed Mr. Al Ali, emphasized the importance of continuous cooperation and integration between the two sides in the energy and water sectors, as well as efficiency improvement in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance the UAE’s global leadership in all fields.

Mr. Al Tayer appreciated the continuous cooperation between DEWA and EtihadWE, noting the importance of collaboration and coordination among all entities in the electricity and water sectors in the UAE to achieve the national goals of energy security, sustainability and efficiency.

Mr. Al Tayer discussed DEWA’s energy programs, plans, and projects that aim to strengthen its global competitive position, especially in clean and renewable energy, sustainability, and green economy. Mr. Al Tayer also highlighted the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which aim to provide 100 of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

Both parties also discussed details of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, with total investments of up to $13.6 billion and a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030. When completed, the solar park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, supporting Dubai’s goals to promote sustainable development and a green economy.

During the meeting, HE Eng. Yousif Ahmed Al Ali, CEO of Etihad Water and Electricity, discussed the company’s pivotal role in ensuring water security and developing the infrastructure of the electricity sector. As one of the largest service institutions in the UAE, the company provides water and electricity to nearly 1.5 million consumers across five emirates. The company is guided by insightful leadership that prioritizes the sustainability of these vital sectors and ways to manage them.

HE Eng. Yousif discussed the company’s most significant strategic projects, including the new desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain with a production capacity of 150 million gallons per day, the recently launched strategic storage and distribution center, and the company’s use of modern technologies and the latest innovations in establishing its tanks.

At the end of the visit, HE Eng. Yousif Ahmed Al Ali expressed his pleasure at meeting HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, his pride in the partnership between EtihadWE and DEWA, and his aspirations to explore new horizons for partnership in the future.

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