The chief executive of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Carl Sheldon, said that early the previous year the company had created a new division linked to renewable energy solutions. The goal is to apply state-of-the-art techniques to create a sustainable economy and reach a balance between the TAQA strategy and Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030. Among the most important projects of the company in the United Arab Emirates is the creation of one of largest plants worldwide to convert waste into energy in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The production capacity of this plant is expected to reach

100 MW which will be produced for the consumption of nearly a million tons of urban municipal solid waste a year, converting this into electrical energy sufficient to provide electricity to more than 20,000 homes in Abu Dhabi. This plant, which will have a total cost of 850 million dollars, is also expected start converting waste into energy from 2016/2017.

In addition, the company TAQA will continue its essential role in providing more than 95% of the

water and electricity needs to Abu Dhabi, in particular with the launch last year of the Shuweihat plant with a production capacity of 1,500 MW of electricity and 100 million gallons of desalinated water.

Regarding the company’s projects in Morocco and Iraq, Carl Sheldon said that work continues in Morocco with the project to expand the platform of Al-Yarf Al-Asfar by adding the two new units which will increase the production capacity of the plant to 700 MW. In Iraq, TAQA acquired 50% of an independent power station to generate electricity with a production capacity of 1,000 MW.

Source: Al Bayán, 14/04/2013

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