The Department of Energy aims to be a pioneer in all field of energy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development that is fully compliant with the emirate’s legislation.
Driving today’s industry with the energy source of tomorrow
A key part of Abu Dhabi’s future outlook and strategy is the construction of four nuclear plants each with a nominal capacity of 1400MW (5600MW overall), located at Barakah in the Western Region, 240 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi city. DOE is responsible for issuing a generation licence and overseeing the integration of the nuclear plants into the grid in terms of technical, commercial and legal aspects.
Given this facility is the ‘first of a kind’ in the region, work is already underway to develop an appropriate generation licence to provide for the necessary governance around general conditions as well as specific nuances of a nuclear facility, particularly in relation to the generation of electricity and integration with the sector.
Renewable energy (Solar)
Leveraging solar energy to power our aspirations
As part of the Emirate’s vision for the future, Abu Dhabi is committed to developing a more sustainable and low-carbon energy mix to satisfy the power and water demands of the growing economy.
These technologies include, amongst other things, solar PV and CSP generation and one key part of the DoE duties in Law is licencing of generation facilities.
The renewable programme continues developments focusing on additional PV installations and the outcomes of pilot projects into solar desalination technologies, which, in the context of Abu Dhabi, are extremely relevant to the overall low carbon outlook.
Water & electricity sustainability is key to economic and industrial growth
Water and electricity drive our economy, and will continue to do so in the future. The Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) collects, treats, and disposes of the wastewater received from the customers. Except for the sale of water and electricity to the final customers, all transactions in the water and electricity sector are carried out on an economic basis reflecting the true costs and do not involve any subsidies. A continuous supply of water and electricity form the foundation of a prosperous commercial and industrial sector. By focusing our efforts on minimizing wastage, we aim to create a brighter future.
Moving towards a balanced and sustainable industry growth
Efficient use of energy is key in helping to conserve energy while reducing its environmental impact.
For the benefit of current and future generations, we are committed to tackling environmental challenges and improving energy efficiency across Abu Dhabi's industrial and commercial sectors.
Development of detailed Regulatory Framework for District Cooling (DC)
We have worked on developing the necessary Regulatory Frameworks in support of the implementation of the Emirate's plans and strategies that are key to the delivery of Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030, which aims primarily to meet the needs and protect consumers, and to promote the energy efficiency, improving the planning of district cooling in new developments projects in the Emirate, and in addition to that promote the competitive environment in vital utilities sectors. We are working in accordance with a road map for the implementation of DC regulations in a close collaboration with the relevant authorities.
Oil And Gas
Making optimal use of the Emirate's fossil fuel resources
The prosperity of the United Arab Emirates and its rapid transformation from backward desert region to one with a booming economy have been made possible by revenue from oil exports. The UAE possesses nearly 10 per cent of the world's total reserves, and there is no doubt that oil will continue to provide the income for both economic growth and the expansion of social services for several more decades at least. In the coming years, natural gas will play an increasingly important role in the UAE's development - particularly as a fuel source for power generations, petrochemicals and manufacturing industry. The UAE has also taken the initiative in developing an intra-Gulf gas network that could eventually link up with the Indian subcontinent.