Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is building the facility as part of the UAE support to Yemen’s energy sector
Construction begins on $100m power station in Aden backed by UAE
The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has announced the start of the construction of a power station in Aden Governorate, with a capacity of 120 megawatts and at an estimated cost of US$100 million, as part of the UAE’s programme to support Yemen’s electricity and energy sectors and provide for the governorate’s yearly power needs.
Saeed Al Ali, a representative of the Foundation, said that the work to install the station’s turbine will begin on 20th June, and the station is expected to be fully operational on 17th October. He added that the project has the support of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
He added that a ship carrying the first shipment of the power station’s equipment and tools will leave Fujairah Port for Aden Port in two weeks, and pointed out that this support from the UAE is not its first, with other projects having been ongoing for two years.
Mubarak Al-Tamimi, the Yemeni vice minister of electricity and energy, thanked the UAE leadership and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation on behalf of his government for their generous support to the people of the country.
“It is not surprising because the Emirati brothers’ blood was mixed with the blood of our Yemeni people. They have always stood with Yemen and supported us in different fields,” he said.
He clarified that the legitimate government has developed a plan to strengthen the electricity capacity in Aden for the upcoming summer. Based on the plan, it has formed a committee headed by the Minister of Electricity and Energy to find quick solutions to the electricity problem.
He also pointed out that the government is working on a gas establishment for the power station in Al Haswa.
Ali Al Hosani, an engineer on the power station project which will be executed by the UAE in Aden, showed journalists the works carried out by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for transporting and installing the station. He stressed the need for Yemeni staff to be trained on operating and maintaining the power station.
He said that the responsibility of operating, managing and carrying out maintenance services will be handed to the Yemeni side on 16th October, 2019, and revealed that the station’s engine is considered of the biggest power generators in the world.