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The UAE’s Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (Sewa) has awarded Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPC) and Egypt’s Elsewedy a contract for construction of a 1.03GW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant for start-up in mid-2021. The project will be partly financed with a loan from Japan’s export credit agency JBIC. While Sewa operates 2.77GW of mainly gas-fired powergen capacity, it imports electricity from Abu Dhabi to help meet demand. In January, Sewa contracted US firm General Electric and Japan’s Sumitomo to build a 1.8GW CCGT plant, for which the first of three units is due online in May 2021 as it seeks to reduce reliance for electricity on Abu Dhabi ( MEES, 8 February ). (CONTINUED - 213 WORDS)