Catalysts for a sustainable tomorrow
The Department of Energy was established in accordance with Law No. 11
of 2018 to enhance the energy sector and to keep pace with the global
developments in this sector
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The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy was established in accordance with Law No. 11 of 2018 to implement various programmes, initiatives, and projects with the aim of achieving a sustainable society in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Guided by the visionary leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan—President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi—and inspired by the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan for a sound, secure, and sustainable economic future, the Department of Energy is responsible for the planning and direction of Abu Dhabi’s energy sector. Our role includes the formulation and implementation of public policies that drive the future direction and provisioning of the energy sector in all its forms.
The Department of Energy is tasked with developing strategic initiatives that diversify and secure energy sources for economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
These include the implementation of programmes designed to reduce or conserve energy consumption, and this increased efficiency will, in turn, deliver economic benefits to Abu Dhabi and its citizens.see our objectives Board of Directors
our missionTo develop and implement strategic plans for a future-proofed sustainable energy sector in Abu Dhabi and to govern the emirate’s energy sector in accordance with international best practices and standards
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department of energy milestones
Discovered the first offshore oil field
The Petroleum Development Company (Trucial States) discovered the first offshore oil field, and Abu Dhabi Marine Areas (ADMA) discovered oil at Umm Shaif.
Formation of a water and electricity management council
HH, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ordered the formation of a water and electricity management council, headed by HH Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.
Diesel station installed in Sector E18
A diesel station, installed in Sector E18, included three 1100 kWh generators, which, by today’s standards, would provide barely enough power for three or four medium-sized (18-storey) buildings.
Energy production increased to 7.5 MW
Energy production was increased to 7.5 MW, and more distribution substations were added to provide energy for the buildings located on the Corniche.
Water and electricity departments merged
The water and electricity departments were merged under the Water and Electricity Department, and this department was chaired by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.
Two Emirati engineers joined the team
Two Emirati engineers joined the team. They were Abdul Nasser Bin Howailel Al Mansouri and Sayah Bin Mousa Al Qubaisi. This marked the beginning of the planning of real water and electricity services in Abu Dhabi.
The first water distillation plant in Abu Dhabi was established
The first water distillation plant in Abu Dhabi was established. The emirate had three large plants: Umm Al Nar, Taweelah, and A Mirfa. These plants were capable of meeting the water and electricity demands of the emirate at that time.
Growth of the Electricity and Water sector to be the second largest sector in Abu Dhabi
(Electricity and water sector) It was the second largest sector in Abu Dhabi, after Oil & Gas sector.
The Privatisation Committee was formed
The Privatisation Committee was formed (1996) under the Crown Prince’s Decision No. 1 of 1996 concerning the establishment of the Privatisation Committee for the Water and Electricity Sector. The Water and Electricity Sector was restructured (1998) by the issuance of Law No. 2 of 1998, forming ADWEA, RSB, and 12 separate companies, including the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC) and four other water and electricity companies.
Establishment of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company
The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) was established.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize
HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, announced, during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the launch of the Zayed Future Energy Prize- a tribute to his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his legacy of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
ENEC is established
The ENEC was established in 2009 for the development of a peaceful nuclear energy programme.
First nuclear power plant in Baraka
The ground breaking for the first nuclear power plant occurred in Baraka.
Shams 1 project launched
The Shams 1 project was launched. It was built on a site of 2.5 square kilometres in the Western Region. Shams 1 is the largest CSP plant in operation in the world.
The world’s largest solar power plant
Noor Abu Dhabi, the world's largest independent solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi to supply the local grid with about 1177 MW of electricity in Sweihan.
The Department of Energy Established
The Department of Energy (DoE) was established as per the decision of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Law No. 11 of 2018, which regulates the energy sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
DOE announces Reverse Osmosis Independent Water Project at Taweelah
The Department of Energy (DoE) Abu Dhabi has announced the list of qualified companies to compete for the selection of a developer or developer consortium of the Independent Water Project (IWP) which will own up to 40 percent of the project’s share. The independent water plant project (IWP) will be established as per the laws of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates to produce 200 million gallons of desalinated water using reverse osmosis (RO) technology.
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