Fesa: UAE utilities output grows 2.7% to reach $15bn in 2018
Rising population numbers attributed as one of the causes behind growing water, electricity, and wastewater output
According to figures released by the UAE's Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (Fesa), the gross output of water, wastewater, and electricity sectors grew by 2.7% in 2018 to reach $15.2bn (AED55.8bn) compared to 2017’s output of $14.8bn (AED54.3bn).
The growth was driven by rising population numbers, with the government contributing to find efficient alternatives through clean energy sources, and launching national megaprojects, including the Emirates National Grid (ENG), to support efficiencies.
According to a report by the UAE’s state news agency, Wam, the output of the water and electricity sector grew from $1.6bn (AED38.8bn) in 2014 to around $12.7bn (AED46.5bn) in 2015 and $14.8bn (AED54.3bn) in 2016.
The ENG interconnected system also provides a stronger capacity to withstand major or sudden disturbances, such as the loss of production units and failure of grid elements, whether due to outages or natural catastrophes, as well as several types of crises.