The UAE’s seven emirates have historically run electricity and water through four separate authorities. New federal authority Ewec aims to change all that.
The UAE is shaking up its electricity and water sector, currently dominated by government organizations in the two largest emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
In November, a law was passed to establish the Emirates Water & Electricity Authority (Ewec) to oversee the operations of the newly-formed Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, which itself replaces the Abu Dhabi Water & Electric Authority (Adwea) and its operating arm Adwec (MEES, 30 November 2018).
While the Dubai Water & Electricity Authority (Dewa) remains largely self-sufficient, Adwec has increasingly been relied upon to provide some electricity to Sharjah and in particular to the four smallest northern emirates of Ajman, Fujairah, Ras-al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain.
Adwec’s supporting role has seen its ‘exports’ of electricity (ie transfers outside Abu Dhabi) rise more than...