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| 13 March, 2018

UAE nationals to operate Taweelah A2 plant for a month

Emirates CMS Power Company has launched a first-of-its-kind initiative in the industry aimed at managing and operating Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant in Abu Dhabi by UAE nationals for one month from March 4 to April 4.

People walk past containers in Khalifa Port during its opening in Taweelah

People walk past containers in Khalifa Port during its opening in Taweelah

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UAE - Emirates CMS Power Company (ECPC) has launched a first-of-its-kind initiative in the industry aimed at managing and operating Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant in Abu Dhabi by UAE nationals for one month from March 4 to April 4. 

ECPC is an independent power producer and a subsidiary of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi.

The initiative comes in line with the leadership’s directives towards enhancing the role of Emiratis and honing their capabilities to assume leading positions in the future. It complements Emirates CMS initial experiment where qualified Emirati personnel operated the plant for 24 hours without any external support or assistance.

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Abdulla Ali Al Sheryani, chairman of Emirates CMS Power Company, emphasised that the programme was inspired by the vision of the country’s wise leadership that puts human development at the forefront of its strategic priorities. 

He explained that the initiative is a step towards enabling UAE nationals in achieving leadership in the global energy sector, which is strategically important as a key component of economic diversification and a cornerstone of national progress. 

Al Sheryani added: “Abu Dhabi has made significant achievements in terms of engaging UAE national personnel in promoting a comprehensive and sustainable development, in line with the ‘Emiratisation’ initiative launched by the federal government to increase UAE nationals' employment in the labour market. We have also received strong support and cooperation from the private sector to create an attractive environment that stimulates entrepreneurship, creativity, excellence and leadership for promising Emirati citizens. 

“The Taweelah A2 plant project reflects the success of our relentless efforts aimed at increasing Emiratisation in IPP companies, as it employs highly qualified Emirati talents keen on taking leadership roles in the water and electricity sector in the emirate.” 

Al Sheryani explained that the Department of Energy is committed to implementing the privatisation programme to increase the production capacity of water and electricity to meet development needs in partnership with the private sector. This will help the Abu Dhabi Government in achieving its goal in creating a sustainable water and electricity that ensures optimum utilisation of resources. 

He also pointed out that the Taweelah A2 plant is a success story as one of the plants under the privatization program for the utilities sector, which has succeeded in attracting leading international companies and forging alliances with them. 

The work at Taweelah A2 plant will be implemented in two shifts with the participation of 50 Emirati employees in the operation, maintenance and supporting fields for a full month and without any external help. – TradeArabia News Service

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