Abu Dhabi utilities and energy group Taqa said one of its key subsidiaries, Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), has completed 15 power and water infrastructure projects in the Al Ain region at an investment of over AED416 million ($113 million).
The scope of work includes installation and upgradation of power and water network in the region.
The infrastructure development projects were complex and diverse - from the supply and installation of new substations to the dismantling of existing substations in strategic areas – in order to meet Al Ain’s expected increase in demand for power and water in new housing and development projects over the next decade, said the statement from AADC.
This comes as part of its strategic plan to provide efficient and sustainable power and water services to its growing customer base in the Al Ain region.
AADC's improvements and enhancements to Al Ain's infrastructure support Taqa's 2030 strategy, which will continue to focus on operational excellence and optimization to become a high-performing, reliable and efficient utilities leader for its Transmission and Distribution network.
The company was successful in completing the critical installation and upgradation work on its power and water network clocking more than 10 million working hours without lost-time injuries (LTI), said a top official.
"Despite the headwinds caused by the pandemic, our business continuity strategy was implemented to achieve the planned milestones and projects without any delays, injuries or LTI," stated Managing Director Abdulla Ali Al Sheryani.
"We had invested more than AED416 million to complete the development projects in residential and urban areas in Al Ain region. These included the supply and installation of four 33/11 kV primary substations with a capacity of 240 MVA and the relocation of 12 package units to new areas," he stated.
It also included the supply and installation of four 33/11 kV primary substations, with a capacity of 60 MVA each, in Meryal, Al Madeef, Al Towaya and Al Bateen, along with fiber optic cables to feed the new primary substations in Al Towaya and Al Ain. These will meet demand for new housing projects that will cater to the growing number of customers in the region.
According to him, 21 distribution substations of 11/0.415 kV were installed in several areas to ensure the uninterrupted supply of services in factories, schools and residential areas.
On the water side of the business, Al Sheryani said AADC had installed modernized water networks in 27 different locations, in addition to the supply and installation of 181 new valve check rooms and 163 fire hydrants.
"We also transferred 1,252 existing household water connections to the new network," he added.