Several building materials companies in Dubai Investment Park (DIP) are relying on temporary power generators to run their factories because they have not yet been connected to the main electricity network.
Companies including Bishah Steel Industry and Attieh Steel have been using generators for a number of months, while Madar Holding, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Al Fozan Group, has been powering its facilities with generators since opening its rebar processing facility at DIP in May.
"Everyone is in the same boat and running their plants on temporary generators because there have been problems connecting power to the park," said Chris Robinson, general manager, Bishah Steel Industry.
"I've been here for around seven months, and we've been using temporary power during that time."
According to Sameh Hassan, CEO of Madar Holding, around five companies affected have put in a request to DIP for faster connection to the main electricity network.
"We're able to operate with generators but not to our full capacity because the wire mesh machine, for example, requires mainstream electricity," said Hassan.
"Also, the cutting lines are operating on generators, which can be a very costly affair.
There have been discussions with DIP, and the whole case will hopefully be accelerated through Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)," he added.
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