Pipelines, Storage & Power

Loosening UAE power ties put Abu Dhabi in tight spot

The development of gas-to-power projects in the UAE's smaller emirates will make them less dependent on Abu Dhabi as it prepares to start up its Barakah nuclear plant The development of gas-to-power projects in the UAE's smaller emirates will make them less dependent on Abu Dhabi as it prepares to start up its Barakah nuclear plant.
By Verity Ratcliffe 4 May 2018 0 30728
A gas-fired power station in Sharjah, UAE The Hamriyah gas-fired power plant in Sharjah, UAE. (SEWA)

The UAE’s smaller emirates are working on plans to bolster their gas-to-power capacities in a bid to reduce their dependence on Abu Dhabi. This puts Abu Dhabi in a tricky position as it prepares to start up its massive nuclear power plant.

The Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), a utility that supplies the northern emirates, buys most of the power it sells from Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority. However, it plans to build a 2.4 GW gas-to-power plant in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah...