New $2.7bn facility to power UAE's Western Region

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Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE ruler's representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, has inaugurated a new $2.7bn power and water station to supply more than 300,000 homes.

Located 260km southwest of Abu Dhabi, Shuweihat S2 is the latest addition to Abu Dhabi's power and water infrastructure network.

It adds 1,510 megawatts to the emirate's generation capacity, enough to provide power to more than 300,000 homes and produce up to 100 million imperial gallons of potable water each day, representing 15 percent of Abu Dhabi's water desalination capacity.

Shuweihat 2 is owned by Ruwais Power Company, a joint venture of TAQA, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, GDF SUEZ, Marubeni and Osaka Gas, news agency WAM said.

The Ruwais Power Company partners have invested $2.7bn in the construction of Shuweihat S2 with a view to meeting the challenge of providing reliable energy and water to a population in Abu Dhabi predicted to rise to five million by 2030, WAM added.

Sheikh Hamdan said the inauguration of Shuweihat S2 in Al Ruwais city is "a practical translation of the interest of the state in providing basic services and decent living conditions to Emiratis in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030".

Carl Sheldon, CEO of TAQA, said: "By investing in a new power and water desalination infrastructure, we are helping to ensure energy, security and resilience to one of the most important engines of growth in Abu Dhabi."

Dirk Beeuwsaert, chairman of International Power and advisor to the president, CEO of GDF SUEZ, added that the Shuweihat S2 plant will contribute to the continued economic diversification and community development in Al Gharbia.

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