National grid project nears bidding

25 April 2003
Electricite de France (EdF)is finalising the tender documents for the main packages on the Emirates national grid (ENG) project. With the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) looking to award the contracts by the end of the year, the packages are expected to be issued for bid in the third quarter. The estimated AED 800 million ($218 million) project entails interconnection of the five independent power systems in the federation and is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2005. EdF is the consultant on the project and is being assisted on the transmission lines element by Germany's Fichtner(MEED 24:1:03).

The project has been split into seven lots by the client. They are:

Substation packages

Lot I-1 - a new 400/220-kV substation at Dhaid in Sharjah emirate

Lot I-2 - extension of the existing 400-kV substation at Taweelah in Abu Dhabi emirate

Lot I-3 - extension of the existing 400-kV H substation in Dubai emirate

Lot I-4 - extension of the 220-kV substation at Sajaa in Sharjah emirate

Overhead line packages

Lot II-1 - the supply and installation of 200 kilometres of 400-kV transmission line between Taweelah, H station and Dhaid

Lot II-2 - the supply and installation of 36 kilometres of 220-kV transmission line between Sajaa and Dhaid

ENG monitoring centre

Lot III - construction of a ENG monitoring centre, to be built at either H station or Dhaid, and telecommunication facilities.

ENG calls for the five power networks - operated by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA), the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) and Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC)- to be interconnected by a 400-MW transmission backbone.

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