Northern Emirates facing power crisis, says study
Over 1,000 commercial buildings still waiting to be linked up to grid
By Andy Sambidge
A shortage of electricity supply in the northern Emirates is posing a serious economic threat, a new government report claims.
The findings of a special Federal National Council (FNC) committee paint a picture of poor planning for growth in the northern Emirates by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), which is responsible for providing the bulk of power there, UAE daily The National reported on Wednesday.
About 1,000 commercial buildings in Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Umm al Quwain are waiting to be hooked up to the federal power grid, including 500 in Ajman, the report reveals.
In many cases, building owners have been waiting months or even years for electricity.
Yousef Neaimi, an FNC member from Ras al Khaimah who has a leadership role on the committee producing the study, which will be presented to the FNC this autumn, told the paper that FEWA bore much of the responsibility, mainly because developers in the northern Emirates typically had to obtain approval before they built buildings.
Officials at FEWA could not be reached for comment, the paper added.