RAK prepares for huge power and water infrastructure projects

RAK prepares for huge power and water infrastructure projects

New power and water plants will be built in RAK to cope with an increase in demand for electricity and water.

Summary:

  • AED 300 million desalination plants will be operational by the end of two years in RAK and Ajman
  • These will produce 15 million gallons of water every day
  • These come as part of AED 15 billion water and power projects for the Northern Emirates

Large-scale water and power projects worth AED 15 billion (£2.66 billion) are planned for the Northern Emirates Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) and Ajman.

Mohammed M Saleh, Director General of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa), spoke to The National’s sister newspaper Al Ittihad about the infrastructure developments.

He said AED 300 million (£53.64 million) worth of desalination plants in Ajman and RAK will be working in two years, producing 15 million gallons of water a day.

Mr Saleh stated: “Fewa’s efforts to develop water supply networks in various parts of the country are based on a clear strategy that takes into account demographic growth and urbanisation.”

Redevelopment plans include replacing several water distribution networks with new aqueducts connecting Al Burairat and Wadi Hukeil, and ones linking Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quawain.

Recent building works in RAK over the last few years have resulted in an increase in demand for electricity and water, which is why these infrastructure plans are so important.

Mr Saleh added Fewa stations “will cover the needs of the northern region for the coming period, especially during the summer”.

Earlier this month, Peter J Fort, Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of the Emirate of RAK and Chief Executive Officer of RAK Free Trade Zone, spoke to Gulf News about plans to boost logistics and industrial markets in RAK this year.

He said existing infrastructure will be expanded in order to “take the Emirate’s economy to its next phase of growth”.

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