Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (Transco) has awarded Switzerland’s ABB a $144m contract to build a water transmission system in the emirate.

ABB will increase the volume of water supplied by the Shuweihat power and desalination plant to the city of Abu Dhabi by boosting the capacity of two pumping stations. The project is scheduled for completion in 2011.

The company will be responsible for the engineering, installation, testing, commissioning and overall management of the project to extend and modify the Shuweihat and Mirfa pumping stations.

The emirate has seen a steady increase in demand for water which is expected to continue in the coming years. Transco has been charged with ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is installed to meet rising demand.

Transco is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea).