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Abu Dhabi approves $64m infrastructure projects


Abu Dhabi Executive Council has approved development projects worth Dh235 million ($64 million) as part of its plans to boost the infrastructure in the UAE capital, said a report.

One of the major ones that has been given the go-ahead by the council is a Dh109-million ($30 million) project to develop the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road from the Falah intersection to the Qasr Al Bahr intersection, reported state news agency Wam.

The project includes works within the Sheikh Zayed tunnel and several improvements to intersections with the aim of easing traffic, facilitating transport in the city, and increasing the efficiency of the city’s road network to keep up with urban development, it added.

Jassim Mohammad Buatabah Al Zaabi, the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee at the council, also gave approval to link power generated by the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant to the emirate’s existing power grid at a cost of Dh63 million ($17.15 million), according to the Wam report.

The project seeks to guarantee continuity of electric supply, and to build four 400 V overhead transmission lines at the Barakah plant and link them to the two main stations in Madinat Zayed and Bab 2.

These will provide a link and supply to the Abu Dhabi General Transport Company network and control centre through the transmission of 5,600 MW from the overall power generated at the station.

The committee also approved a project to develop the electricity distribution network in Ghayathi and Jebel Dhanna in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi at a cost of Dh41.5 million ($11.3 million), said the report.

The project includes the supply and installation of electric cables over 89 km to reach the optimal use of power resources, and reinforce sustainable power efficiency in new housing units in Ghayathi and Jebel Dhanna, it added.

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