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The Regulation and Supervision Bureau issues the first Self-Regulating Generation Licence

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The Regulation and Supervision Bureau issues the first Self-Regulating Generation Licence
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Tawdheef exhibition 2017

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Tawdheef exhibition 2017
The Launching of new Bureau’s publications in the International Water Summit 2017

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The Launching of new Bureau’s publications in the International Water Summit 2017
IWS 2017

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IWS 2017
The Regulation and Supervision Bureau receives the “Outstanding Government Services” Award

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The Regulation and Supervision Bureau receives the “Outstanding Government Services” Award
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Abu Dhabi Energy Authority chaiman visits SkyLab & meets with Singapore’s Energy Market Authority
Chairman of Abu Dhabi Energy Authority visits Singapore International Energy Week Exhibition

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Chairman of Abu Dhabi Energy Authority visits Singapore International Energy Week Exhibition

Types of licences


A licence may be for a specific activity or a number of activities.

Permanent licences are not time-limited. They are either major or small-scale licences.

Major licences:

Electricity: generation over 50 MW. or where any one generation set is greater than 10 MW;

Water desalination: production over 2.5 million gallons per day or any one unit with a daily output of more than 500,000 gallons per day;

Wastewater: over 10,000 cubic-meters per day.

Small-scale licences: all other lower volume Regulated Activities

Self-regulating licences are for companies or persons that will generate power in relatively small quantities. However, what particularly sets them apart from other generators is that the generating plant (typically a photovoltaic (PV) array) is not directly connected to a licensed operator’s distribution network (i.e. ADDC or AADC’s network) and would typically connect to their own main electrical distribution board.

Self-supply licences are for companies that intend to generate power and/or desalinate water primarily for internal consumption. Electricity or water that is in excess of self-supply requirements, may be offered for sale to ADWEC. These licences may be time-limited or open but are only applicable to the generation of power and the desalination of water. There is no sub-division between major and small-scale.

Development licences are used for developments that will generate power, desalinate water or treat wastewater on-site to support the building of their development, for example, services to labour camps. These licences will always be time-limited but, apart from this, their structure is similar to other licences.

Given that development licences are temporary, it is unlikely they will fall into the major licence category.

Tawdheef exhibition 2017

The Bureau will be participating in the Tawdheef Exhibition 2017 which is taking place at ADNEC starting on 30 January to 01 February. The Bureau aims to attract and hire...

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sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi