Abu Dhabi's Department of Energy, has postponed the announcement of the winning bid for a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant to be developed in the Al Dhafra region in light of rules barring large group meetings due to the Covid-19 outbreak, said its top official.
"We are also monitoring the impact of the current situation on global economies, energy prices be it oil or renewable energy sources, and the availability of imported products and equipment essential to continuing our solar and nuclear projects," remarked Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.
"The department of energy will continue to ensure continued supply of safe, reliable water, wastewater and electricity services," he stated.
Abu Dhabi has 75TWh power production capacity with over 9,000 km of combined overhead and underground transmission lines and more than 70,000 km of distribution lines, according to Al Marar.
He said energy had alwaays been a critical component of Abu Dhabi’s socio-economic development and the quality of life, health and well-being of its people.
He pointed out that Abu Dhabi had developed a highly efficient and sustainable energy system over the past decades which today, boasts one of the largest network infrastructures in the region with enormous generation, transmission and distribution capacity."
"In the water sector too, we have great capacity and infrastructure to ensure security of supply," he added.-TradeArabia News Service