Bahrain reveals details on water, electricity projects worth $1.53bn

Projects reviewed during the meeting included the 400kV Electricity Transmission Network Development Project, built at a cost of $740mn

Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority has planned and implemented top-quality projects worth more than $1.53bn during the past decade, among others being currently implemented, according to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chairman of Bahrain’s Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects, HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

Chairing a meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects, Shaikh Khalid thanked Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Minister, Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, and the Electricity and Water Authority’s (EWA) chief executive officer, Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, for their efforts to implement the government’s 2019-2022 programme related to the development of electricity and water networks.

Projects reviewed during the meeting include the completed 400kV Electricity Transmission Network Development Project at a cost of $740mn.

In addition, the $200mn Phase 1 of the 220-kV electricity transmission network development project has crossed the 96% milestone. It is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Phase 2 of the 220- and 66-kilovolt electricity transmission network development project for housing projects – which is being built at a cost of $200mn – is 52% complete.

The construction of electricity transmission stations for the Al Ramli housing project, being constructed at a cost of $50mn – is currently 55% complete.

Meanwhile, the $193mn infrastructure development project on Hawar Islands is 40% complete. It aims to provide Hawar Islands region with the electricity it needs for future urban development and all vital facilities on the islands.

The $30mn project to construct a water distribution station for the Ramli housing project is 30% completed and is expected to be finished in 2023.

The $70mn project to develop water transmission networks in Salman Town, Khalifa Town, and East Hidd, which started in 2021, is expected to be completed in 2023, and is currently 30% complete.

The $50mn project to develop a water transmission network for Busaiteen and Juffair was completed in 2020.

The government’s programme has aimed to secure a supportive environment for sustainable development, enhancing the readiness of energy and water infrastructure and raising the efficiency and sustainability of the services provided.

The EWA projects aim to ensure that energy reaches all regions of the kingdom and that it is energy and water are regularly and sustainably supplied to meet the current and future needs of the residential, investment, commercial, industrial, and other sectors.

“We have the right to be proud of the EWA high completion rates of 78% as an average of implementing its projects within the current government programme until May 2021,” Shaikh Khalid said.

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