The United Arab Emirates is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the world. National demand could grow by as much as 40 % between 2016 and 2020.

Power generation and seawater desalinization

ENGIE operates a total production capacity of 8.8 GW (on 18 GW of total production of the country) and 557 million gallons (2.5 billion m3 / d). The Group has a 20% stake in power and seawater desalinization plants (IWPP – Independant Water and Power Producer): Al Taweelah A1, Shuweihat 1, Umm Al Nar, Fujariah 2 and Shuweihat 2.

  • AL TAWEELAH – (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer) Al Taweelah A1 project was awarded in August 2000 by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) to “Total Tractebel Emirates O&M”, a consortium held equally by ENGIE and Total. The remaining 60% is held by ADWEA. With a capacity of 1593 MW (2009) the plant currently represents 16% of the total production capacity of Abu Dhabi and 13% of its water supply.
  • SHUWEIHAT S1 – (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer) ENGIE and its partners Sumitomo and ADWEA / Taqa operate the plant with a capacity of 1572 MW and 454 200 cubic meters of water per day since 2004. All of its production is entrusted to the ADWEC (Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company) under a long-term agreement valid until 2025.
  • SHUWEIHAT 2 – (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer)This plant with a capacity of 1,510 MW and 454,210 m3 of water per day is situate in the west of the Emirate, approximately 280 km from Al Taweelah. The project was awarded in July 2008 to a consortium composed of ENGIE (20%), Marubeni (initially 20%, but recently sold 10% to gas Osaka, a Japanese gas company) and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA , 60%). Operation and maintenance of the plant are managed by a company established jointly by ENGIE and Marubeni. The construction of the plant began in December 2008, and it is operated since 2013.
  • UMM AL NAR – (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer), ENGIE operates the combined cycle gas turbine power plant (CCGT) with a capacity of 2240 MW and 650 000 cubic meters of water per day. Electricity and water are sold through a power and water purchase agreement (PWPA) with the ADWEC (Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company) until 2026.
  • FUJAIRAH F2 PLANT – (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer) The plant, opened in May 2011 and owned by FAPCO (Fujairah Asia Power Company) has a total capacity of 2000 MW and 600 000 cubic meters of water per day. Electricity and water produced are sold through a long-term power and water purchase agreement (PWPA) with the ADWEC (Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company). The facility is operated since 2012 by a consortium composed of ENGIE and Marubeni.  
  • MIRFA - (IWPP- Independent Water and Power Producer)This power project with a capacity of 1600 MW and 238.665 cubic meters of desalinated water per day, is owned by ENGIE (20%) and ADWEA (80%). The construction is expected to take about 31 months and operations will begin progressively between 2016 and 2017. Its production will be sold through a long-term power and water purchase agreement (PWPA) for a period of 25 years.

LNG Distribution

ENGIE delivered its first LNG carrier in Dubai, in August 2013. The LNG carrier "BW ENGIE Boston", with a capacity of 138,000 m3, it has unloaded LNG to the only one import terminal in United Arab Emirates, in Dubai. This new delivery confirms the ambition of ENGIE on high-growth markets, particularly in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East: a reliable LNG supplier to enable the Group to develop strong relationships for all its activities. The group planned to deliver, between 2010 and 2016, around 10.8 million tons of LNG to major energy players in the region (KOGAS, CNOOC, Petronas, Petronet, PTT and GAIL).

Energy services

ENGIE activities in energy services in the United Arab Emirates are divided in two business units: ENGIE Tractebel and Cofely Besix FM with many achievements in the fields of engineering and facility management.

ENGIE Tractebel is active in the UAE for almost 30 years. The company works as an engineer / consultant for major players in the energy sector in the Gulf : Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar). Tractebel Engineering has a client portfolio of both public actors (DEWA, SEWA, TRANSCO, OETC, SEC, GCCIA, EWA, MUBADALA) and private (DUBAL, EMAL, Qatalum, Masdar), it also apply its expertise in power and seawater desalinization plants of the Group.

In 2008, ENGIE and its partner Besix have formed a joint venture to develop technical maintenance operations and facility management in the persian gulf. Among the ongoing projects, we can count the energy and water management of Burj Khalifa tower (Dubai), and maintenance and management of Sufouh Tramway project (Dubai).

Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world, measuring 828 meters, it has 162 floors, 64 elevators and four swimming pools. After a year of contract, the consumption of the tower has reduced by 30%.

The ALSufouh tramway project include 19 stations over 10 kilometers. Cofely Besix and Alsthom will be responsible for maintenance and facility management.

To sum up :

  • The 1st Middle Eastern country to export LNG  [1]
  • 7 th largest natural gas reserve in the world [1]
  • 96 % of its natural gas exports are shipped to Asia  [1]