Sharjah to power up

Project investment is on the increase

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  October 9, 2005

Sharjah is looking at investing a total of around US $408 million (AED1.5 billion) in new construction projects around the city. The investment plans are beginning with the opening of the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in February next year. This project is part of bigger plans to provide alternative means of energy to run vehicles. Initially the gas will be used to run buses. There are a number of projects proposed in the field of electricity, water and gas to meet the growing demand in the emirate. His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah was quoted making the announcement. Sheikh Sultan said the government will set up a new power station at a cost of $272 million in Al Hamriyah, in order to meet the demand in the emirate. It will have four gas turbines with a capacity of 400MW. He went on to say that two more turbines will be installed at Al Wasit Power Station at a cost of $40 million. This power station will be part of the sixth phase of the expansion plan. This follows two turbines that were recently installed at a cost of $66 million. He also said that two new water desalination units will also be added to Al Layyah Desalination Plant at a cost of $81 million, which will produce an additional 15 million gallons of water per day. A water desalination plant in Kalba has also been completed and will start operating in the next few months.

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