Shuweihat S2 in Abu Dhabi reaches full operation

Owners say electricity and desalination plant is up and running

The Shuweihat power generation and desalination plant reached its designed operational capacity in Q4 2011. (GETTY IMAGES)
The Shuweihat power generation and desalination plant reached its designed operational capacity in Q4 2011. (GETTY IMAGES)

The owners of Shuweihat S2, an independent power generation and water desalination project in Abu Dhabi, have said today that the plant achieved its full operational capacity in October 2011.

The Shuweihat S2 plant is now fully operational, providing 1,510 MW of electricity and 100 MIGD of water under a 25-year Power and Water Purchase Agreement with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC). Construction of the plant started in December 2008 by a consortium of Siemens AG, Samsung C&T Corporation, and Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company Ltd.

The owners comprise a consortium of IPR-GDF SUEZ Middle East, Turkey & Africa 1 (20%), with its partners Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) (54%), Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) (6%) and Marubeni Corporation (10%) and Osaka Gas (10%) of Japan.

Mario Savastano, Executive Vice President in charge of Construction for IPR-GDF SUEZ META commented: “We want to take the opportunity to thank ADWEC for its strong support and our contractors for their achievement in Shuweihat S2, and we gratefully acknowledge the dedication and effort demonstrated by all those involved in its construction.”

Shankar Krishnamoorthy, President and CEO of IPR-GDF SUEZ META said: “The key to the success of any large and complex project is a robust partnership based on mutual respect and trust. The successful completion of Shuweihat S2 demonstrates once again both the flexibility and efficiency of our project partners and, in particular, ADWEA and TAQA.”

International Power now has five power and water plants in operation in the UAE: Al Taweelah A1, Shuweihat S1, Umm Al Nar, Fujairah F2 and Shuweihat S2. Together these assets contribute 8.8 GW power and 557 MIGD water to the country’s capacity. In 2011, International Power’s Operations & Maintenance teams in the UAE achieved a reliability of 98% of the company’s fleet, which is a major contribution to the sustainability of the local economy. Moreover, with several training programs in place to provide young Emiratis with the required skills to manage its plants, International Power also ensures that its localization program remains on track.



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