MANAMA: Bahrain has invested $1.53 billion during the last decade to meet the increasing demand for electricity and water – and is on track to complete ongoing projects.
This was revealed by Deputy Prime Minister and Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects chairman Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa as he chaired a meeting of the panel yesterday.
Shaikh Khalid praised Bahrain’s positive and rapid economic growth during the reign of His Majesty King Hamad and the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister.Electricity and Water Minister Wael Al Mubarak briefed the meeting on projects to develop electricity and water networks.
They are: The 400kV Electricity Transmission Network Development Project completed at a cost of $740 million. A 220-kV electricity transmission network development project (Phase 1), 96 per cent of which has been completed.
The $200m plan is scheduled to be completed this year and aims to develop the 220-and 66-kV electrical transmission network to meet the growing demand for electricity and transmission of electrical energy generated from power plants to industrial, commercial and residential centres in Bahrain.
The 220- and 66-kilovolt electricity transmission network development project for housing projects (Phase Two) at a cost of $200m (52pc completed).
Construction of electricity transmission stations for Al Ramli housing project at a cost of $50m (55pc completed).
$193m infrastructure development project on Hawar Islands (40pc completed).
$30m water distribution station for the Ramli housing project.
The project is 30pc complete and is expected to be operational in 2023.
Water transmission networks in Salman Town, Khalifa Town and East Hidd to be developed at a cost of $70m.
Started in 2021, the project is 30pc complete and is expected to be fully functional in 2023.
A $50m project to develop water transmission network for Busaiteen and Juffair has been completed.
Shaikh Khalid thanked Mr Al Mubarak and Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) chief executive Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa and the staff for their efforts to implement the government’s programme for the 2019-2022 related to the development of electricity and water networks.
“The EWA projects aim to ensure that energy reaches all regions of the kingdom and that it is regularly and sustainably supplied to meet the current and future needs of the residential, investment, commercial, industrial and other sectors,” Shaikh Khalid said.
“We have the right to be proud of the EWA’s high completion rates of 78pc as an average of implementing its projects within the current government programme until May,” he said.
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