x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

UAE's water and electricity needs will be met, FNC told

The Minister of Energy said the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, which he also heads, has a clear strategy to cover the needs of all the emirates it serves.

ABU DHABI // The Minister of Energy yesterday assured the FNC that the country’s water and electricity needs will be met.

Suhail Al Mazrouei said the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, which he also heads, has a clear strategy to cover the needs of all the emirates it serves.

Mr Al Mazrouei said plans had been been sent to the relevant emirates for approval.

But Rashed Al Sheraiqi (Ras Al Khaimah) said demand was increasing rapidly, and supply could not keep up.

“The authority was unable to meet demand before,” Mr Al Sheraiqi said. “This led to more than 10,000 Emiratis suffering and now they are in courts.”

He said many projects had been pre-approved by the authority, but people had still been waiting two to three years for services.

This has led some, he said, to use alternative, “dangerous” sources of electricity, which harmed the environment.

“There is no clear national plan that takes account of the growth of the population,” Mr Al Sheraiqi said. “Energy right now is [a measure of] economic growth.”

He said citizens’ needs should be met in a timely manner.

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