Sharjah to build eight power stations in 2017

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, which commissioned 11 power stations last year, will look to develop more 132kV and 33kV units this year

Eight power stations will be developed by Sharjah's SEWA in 2017. [Representational image]
Eight power stations will be developed by Sharjah's SEWA in 2017. [Representational image]

Development work for up to eight power stations is planned to commence in Sharjah this year, it has been revealed. 

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's (SEWA) plans include the construction of three 132kV and five 33kV distribution stations this year. 

The project programme forms part of SEWA's mandate "to meet the growing demand for electricity due to demographic, urban, economic, industrial, social and developmental expansions in the emirate".

According to WAM, Eng Rashid Al Leem, chairman of SEWA, said the agency commissioned three 132kV and eight 33kV power stations in the emirate last year.  

Earlier this month it was announced that infrastructure spending would account for 30% of Sharjah's 2017 budget

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, chairman of the Central Department of Finance in the UAE emirate, added that the budget amounts to $5.9bn (AED22bn), making it the largest in Sharjah's history.

He continued: "The increase in infrastructure spending amounts to 7% more than in 2016."

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