A local/Canadian joint venture of SS Lootah and BC Gas International has started work on the third-phase expansion of the Sharjah natural gas distribution network. Estimated to be worth $15 million, phase 3 covers the laying of about 30 kilometres of pipelines, the supply and installation of internal connections to over 2,300 apartments, villas and commercial customers, and the conversion of existing gas appliances. The facilities are due to be completed by early 2003 and will cover the Al-Majara and Al-Nabah areas of the emirate (MEED 12:10:01).
UK-based PLE Engineering carried out the feasibility study for the third-phase expansion (MEED 9:11:01). The client, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA), has proposed a gas tariff of AED 1.25 ($0.34) a cubic metre for phase 3 customers.
SEWA plans further expansion of the network mainly to cover industrial users in the emirate. The proposed expansion will include the laying of over 125 kilometres of pipelines and related works.
PLE and the SS Lootah/BC Gas team carried out phases 1 and 2, which included the installation of a gas network to serve about 60,000 customers (MEED 1:12:00).
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