Fujairah 2 IWPP to be completed by end of month
Plant previously not able to run at full capacity due to gas shortage.
The Fujairah 2 independent power and water project (IWPP) will be fully completed by the end of the month, according to sources, as the commissioning of the Dolphin Energy gas pipeline allows for a sufficient amount of feedstock to reach the plant.
The Fujairah 2 power and desalination plant was commissioned in May this year, Ranald Spiers, executive director at International Power, one of the companies holding a stake in the project, said at the time.
The 2,000MW plant was not able to run at full capacity, however, due to the amount of gas available in the emirate.
“Due to gas shortage, the plant was not running at full capacity and the total plant will be completed hopefully within this month,” said a source involved in the project.
Dolphin Energy announced last week that the commissioning of the 244 kilometer pipeline linking the northern Emirate of Fujairah with the gas terminal in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi. The 48 inch pipeline has the capacity to deliver 1.6 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Prior to the completion, Fujairah 2 was dependent on gas supplied to the Fujairah 1 power plant via another pipeline.
The power and water project is run by the Fujairah Asia Power Company (Fapco), a holding company 60 percent owned by the Adu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea), with International Power and Marubeni holding equal stakes in the remaining 40 percent.
Apart from its power output, the IWPP is also able to produce 600,000 cubic meters of potable water.
Fujairah is experiencing a growing demand for power and water due to increasing industrialisation and its emerging status as a transport hub for oil tankers seeking to avoid the Straits of Hormuz.