Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) announced the financial closing of the largest gas-fired power plant in the UAE. The Fujairah F3 Independent Power Producer (IPP) project will have a power generation capacity of 2.4 GW – equivalent to the powering of 380,000 UAE households – and is expected to begin early power generation by summer 2022, with full power generation expected by summer 2023. The financial closing follows the signing of the power purchase agreement and shareholder’s agreement between Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower), Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Mubadala Investment Company and Japan-based Marubeni Corporation.
The Fujairah F3 plant will incorporate state-of-the-art “JAC”-class gas turbine technology, sourced from Mitsubishi Heavy Power Systems, and, once constructed, it will utilize the most efficient combined cycle technology in the region. The total project will cost approximately $1.1 billion (AED 4.2 billion), with external funding sourced from a consortium of international multi-lateral and commercial banks, including Japan Bank for International Cooperation, BNP Paribas, Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Trust Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Farid Al Awlaqi, the newly appointed Executive Director of Generation at TAQA, said: “The Fujairah F3 project is a landmark for TAQA and its generation assets, following the company’s integration with ADPower. It will be the largest gas-fired power plant in the UAE, and, by utilising advanced combined cycle technologies, it will be one of the most efficient in the region. Announcing the financial close of this project accelerates the transformation of the power and water sector, as TAQA delivers significant progress on important large-scale infrastructure projects in the UAE.”
Mohammed Al-Huraimel Al-Shamsi, Head of Utilities at Mubadala, added: “The Fujairah F3 project stands as a testament to the resiliency of this nation and our ability to overcome challenging times to continue to deliver the needs and expectations of our communities. To achieve financial closing of such a large scale project is not only recognition of the viability and sound economics of the project itself, but also to the strength of the partners involved and Mubadala is proud to partner with TAQA, EWEC and Marubeni to deliver such essential infrastructure in the UAE.”
Satoru Harada, Chief Operating Officer, Power Business Division of Marubeni, added: “Fujairah F3 is our sixth I(W)PP project in the UAE, a reflection of our commitment to supporting a sustainable energy sector that offers reliable and environmentally friendly sources of power. This project will deliver operational flexibility and state-of-the-art efficiency to reinforce the security of supply and support the integration of zero-carbon power generation assets. We would like to thank TAQA, EWEC and Mubadala, as well as our financial partners, for their cooperation. We look forward to now developing the largest independent gas-fired power plant in the UAE.”
Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, said: “The financial close of this project is a major milestone that allows us to move forward with construction of Fujairah F3. The financial terms of this highly efficient plant are amongst the most competitive seen in Abu Dhabi to date, and illustrates partners’ – and the financial community’s – strong and continued interest in Abu Dhabi’s energy sector. It is these strong partnerships that allow EWEC to rapidly progress with major projects that drive sustainability and energy efficiency, reduce our carbon footprint, and significantly improve water and electricity production in Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
The Fujairah F3 plant will be located in the Qidfa area of the Emirate of Fujairah, nestled between the existing Fujairah F1 and Fujairah F2 water and electricity plants. TAQA and Mubadala will jointly hold a 60% equity interest in the project, while the remaining 40% will be held by Marubeni Corporation.
Today’s financial closing follows the announcement of TAQA’s successful transaction with ADPower on July 1, 2020, which created the UAE’s 3rd-largest publicly listed company by market capitalization and a top-10 utility player in the EMEA region by regulated assets. As part of the transaction, the majority of ADPower’s power and water generation, transmission and distribution assets were transferred to TAQA in exchange for 106,367,950,000 new shares.