Fujairah F2 Power and Water Facility inaugurated
2,000MW and 130 million gallons/day from UAE's record-breaking plant
The UAE’s largest power and desalination plant was inaugurated at a ceremony today, attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah and H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Generating 2,000 megawatts of electricity and with the capacity to produce 130 million imperial gallons of potable water a day, the Fujairah F2 Power and Seawater Desalination Plant is the second largest of its type in the world, and took 7,600 people three years to construct.
The latest addition to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority’s power and water network, the F2 plant has been operating successfully since January this year, and is owned and maintained by the Fujairah Asia Power Company.
Speaking at the ceremony Steven Yarrington, Executive Managing Director of FAPCO, said: “The F2 power and water facility has been, and continues to be, the epitome of a team effort. The jobsite, in 2007, was a partially residential, partially agricultural and partially industrial tract of land. The transition from this empty piece of land to this state-of-the art facility happened so rapidly, it was difficult to comprehend.”
He continued: “It was a truly unique experience to come out here day to day and see the myriad of ongoing changes so rapidly occur. Now that the project has reached its commercial operation date, what you see before you is a significant accomplishment in the power and water industry. It’s an extremely efficient and environmentally friendly facility that will provide an integral piece of the infrastructure of Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and the UAE for many years to come.”
The F2 plant is gas powered, and utilises three gas turbine combined-cycle blocks, which incorporate five gas turbines and three steam turbines, a 100 MIGD Multiple Effect Distillation desalination plant based on 12 8.3 MIGD MED units, and a 30 MIGD reverse osmosis desalination section.