Water

TAQA’s beginnings lie in the provision of power generation and water desalination capabilities in Abu Dhabi.

TAQA has eight operational power generation and desalination facilities across the country, making our UAE assets a key part of our business. The facilities’ availability performance is in the top quartile for the industry and provide approximately 90% of Abu Dhabi emirate’s electricity and water requirements. TAQA’s plants also supply clean water to the emirates of Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain.

 

  Key Facts

  Gross power generation

63,637 GWh

  Power capacity

13,179 MW

  Gross water desalination

246,556 MIG

  Water desalination capacity

908.5 MIGD

  UAE technical availability

93.6%

*as of year-end 2018

 

OPERATIONS

TAQA is a strategic partner to the UAE government and produces the majority of Abu Dhabi emirate’s power and water. Our position in the UAE has underpinned TAQA Group’s growth into a diversified international energy business.

Structure

TAQA has a 54% interest in each of its eight UAE power generation and water desalination plants. Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPC) holds a 6% interest in each plant with the remaining 40% held by various international partners.

In May 2019, TAQA’s power and water team gained majority seats on the boards of the independent water and power producers (IWPPs), allowing TAQA to have full oversight of the assets’ performance and to exercise its rights and governance.

Each of these plants is managed, operated and maintained by international partners under long-term operations and maintenance agreements.

 

The plants sell electricity and water production under power and water purchase agreements (PWPAs) to Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).

Technology

TAQA uses three technologies for water desalination:

  • Multi-stage flash: Distills seawater by using heat to flash a portion of the water into steam
  • Multi-effect distillation: Feed water is heated by steam in tubes across multiple stages wherein each stage heats and evaporates more water to remove salt
  • Reverse osmosis: Feed water passes through a high-pressure pump and through a membrane that removes salt from seawater

 

For power generation, TAQA uses combined cycle gas turbines, which use both gas and steam turbines to produce electricity.

 

  PLANT

POWER GENERATION (Capacity MW)

WATER DESALINATION (Capacity MIGD)

TAQA OWNERSHIP SHARE

  Taweelah A1

1,671            

84

54%

  Taweelah A2

760

52.5

54%

  Taweelah B

2,220

162

54%

  Shuweihat S1

1,615

101

54%

  Shuweihat S2

1,627

101

54%

  Umm Al Nar*

2,290

145

54%

  Fujairah 1

882

131

54%

  Fujairah 2

2,114

132

54%

*TAQA owns a 54% stake in the new Umm Al Nar plant only