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2011 Seven Year Electricity Planning Statement

(2012-2018)

Power Network Development Department
Asset Management Directorate
November 2011


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Forward

I have the pleasure in releasing the 2011 Seven Year Electricity Planning Statement (7YPS) for
transmission within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and, where appropriate, our network outside of the
authorized area covering the period 2012-2018. In producing this document, we have endeavored
to ensure that our customers, both existing and future, are presented with an opportunity to
understand the scale and type of transmission network operated by us. We have sought to ensure
that customers are able to identify areas of the network where additional investment is proposed in
order to increase available capacity or otherwise ensure that network performance continues to
attain the targets expected from such a critical infrastructure provider.


This is the second 7YPS released in response to Condition 15 of the Transmission and Despatch
Licence that provides detailed short to medium-term plans for the transmission network. The plans
included in the 7YPS are linked to the needs and investment requirements and are based on the
network development strategy covering the period 2010-2030 that places much greater emphasis
on the trends and drivers which provides a long-term vision for taking the transmission system
forward consistent with Governments 2030 vision.


Feedback on this 7YPS is most welcome in order that TRANSCO is able to continue to adjust its
planning and development strategies to meet the regulatory, customer and stakeholder
requirements and expectations.


Copies of approved 7YPS could be downloaded from our website www.transco.ae.



Dr. Najib H Dandachi
Asset Management Director
TRANSCO













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Table of Contents

Main Report


Forward......2


Table of Contents.......3


Acronyms and Definitions.........5


Executive Summary.......8


1 Introduction.........21
2 Network Development Strategy......24
3 Planning Principles......39
4 Demand-Generation Background........44
5 Planned Transfers....52
6 Evolution and Performance of Transmission Network...55
7 Asset Management...64
8 Transmission System Capabilities and Opportunities.........65
9 Capital Delivery..........76
















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Table of Contents (continued)

Attachments

Attachment-A
Electricity generation capacity expansion plan and electricity demand forecast schedules.


Attachment-B
Electricity transmission network topology (400kV, 220kV, 132kV system).
Geo-map of transmission network topology (400kV and 220kV system) for Year 2011 & 2018.



Attachment-C
Forecast power flows and loading on the transmission system for Year 2011-2018.


Attachment-D
Fault levels at the transmission nodes for Year 2011-2018.


Attachment-E
Transmission system dataset.

Attachment-F
Brief description on major existing generation plants and planned committed generation projects.











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Acronyms and Definitions

7YPS: Seven Year Planning Statement
AC: Alternating Current
AED: UAE Dhirams
AAPS: Al-Ain Power Station
AADC: Al-Ain Distribution Company
ADDC: Abu Dhabi Distribution Company
ADNOC: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
ADWEA: Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority
ADWEC: Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company
ACCC: Aluminum Conductor Composite Core
ACSR: Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced
CSP: Concentrated Solar Power
CAPEX: Capital expenditure
DEWA: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
DISCOs: Distribution Companies
DSM: Demand Side Management
EMAL: Emirates Aluminum Smelter Plant
ENG: Emirates National Grid
FEWA: Federal Electricity and Water Authority
GCC: Gulf Cooperation Council
GDP: Gross Domestic Product
GENCOs: Generation and Desalination Companies (Producers)
GTACSR: Gap-type Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced
GW: Giggawatt
HVAC: High Voltage Alternating Current
HVDC: High Voltage Direct Current




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HVDC LCC: High Voltage Direct Current Line Commuted Converter
ICAD: Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
kV: Kilovolt
KPIZ: Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone
KSA: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
MEAV: Modern Equivalent Asset Value
MW: Megawatt
MVA: Megavoltampere
NPV: Net Present Value
OPEX: Operational expenditure
PAS55: 55
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Publicly Available Specification
PV: Photovoltaic
RSB: Regulation and Supervision Bureau
SASN/UAN: Sas Al Nakheel/Umn Al Nar
STATCOM: Static Synchronous Compensator
SVC: Static VAr Compensator
TRANSCO: Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company
UPC: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council
USERs: DISCOs, GENCOs, ADNOC, Non-embedded customers, interconnected utilities
UAE: United Arab Emirates
VAr: Volt Ampere
VSC: Voltage Sourced Converters
WLCC: Whole Life Cycle Cost
XLPE: Cross Linked Polyethylene Insulated











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Planned transfer is the planned power flows across the identified boundary/lines.


Transfer capability is the maximum power flow across the identified transmission boundary
without causing any unacceptable conditions as a result of secured events.


Secured event is the event that relates to a fault outage of a single transmission circuit under Intact
System; or outage of a single transmission circuit with planned outage of another transmission
circuit, a generating unit or reactive element.


Identified generation capacity is the total gross electricity generation capacity available from all
existing power plants, power plants which are under construction and committed power plants less
the off-set capacity available due to life-time capacity retirements.


Required generation capacity is the total gross electricity generation capacity required to satisfy
the generation security of supply standard that takes into account the generation planning criteria
and other factors such as forced outage rate, demand forecast error, spinning reserve.
























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Executive Summary


E1 Introduction
Condition 15 of the Transmission Licence requires the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch
Company (TRANSCO) to prepare a seven year planning statement (7YPS) annually in a form
approved by the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB or Bureau). In relation to the electricity
transmission system, the requirement is to contain the following information in each of the seven
succeeding financial years:
a) Capacity, forecast power flows and loading on each part of the transmission system, and fault
levels for each electricity transmission node.
b) Plans for capital expenditure necessary to ensure the relevant transmission system meets the
security and performance standards and future demands.

The 7YPS has been developed in the context of the TRANSCOs network development strategy
for the period to 2030 that sets a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward. The
network development strategy places much greater emphasis on the trends and drivers which
provides a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward consistent with
Governments 2030 vision. The 7YPS describes more detailed short to medium-term plans for the
transmission system and is linked to the needs and investment requirements for the period 2012-
2018.

The main purpose of the 7YPS is to enable the Users seeking the use of the transmission system, to
identify and evaluate the opportunities available when connecting to and making use of such
system. Such opportunities shall be guided by the Statement of Connection Charging
Methodology to make a reasonable estimate of the charges to which they would be liable for the
provision of such services. It also gives a forward view on the proposed transmission infrastructure
expansion plans to meet the forecast demand growth and planned new generation
capacity. However, we recommend prospective Users of the system to contact TRANSCO directly
if they want to fully understand the opportunities available to them.

This is the second 7YPS which contains the latest updated information and replaces all Statements
released earlier. The 7YPS covers the planning horizon 2012-2018. 2011 7YPS (2012-2018) is
based on the best available updated information from ADWEC and Users; updated project scope




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and status. The cutoff date for input data is 30 April 2011. All information received after this date
will be updated in TRANSCO 2012 7YPS (2013-2019). The 7YPS presents a wide range of
information relating to the planning and development of 400kV, 220kV and 132kV transmission
system within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and, where appropriate, TRANSCOs network outside of
the authorized area.

E2 Network Development Strategy
TRANSCOs network development strategy is to continue to develop a flexible, reliable, secure,
accessible, robust, economical, efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transmission system
that meets the needs of its customers in a manner consistent with its License obligations.
This is achieved through:
Implementing a structured asset management process that takes cognizance of best practice
asset management principles for the development and stewardship of the transmission network
and requirements for capital assurance governance.
Continuing with the development of 400kV main bulk transmission system. Given the
uncertainty in the demand and generation background, the possible need to migrate to 765kV
or HVDC as the main overlay transmission system option across the West-East corridor is to
be kept under review, particularly if significant level of additional generation capacity beyond
Shuweihat S3 and Braka nuclear plant are contracted in the Western region, and that there is
increased requirement to provide power to Northern Emirates.
Incremental deployment and integration of new technologies and best available practice.
It is intended that the development of the transmission network will be done in such a manner to:
Have minimum negative side-effects on the environment and society.
Accommodate large central and decentralized generation and storage.
Enable active participation of consumers including demand response.
Provide high quality of supply and reliable power that satisfy the expectation and needs of the
customer and comply with international best practice and standards.




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Optimize asset utilization and operate efficiently through integrated outage management, risk
assessment, improved process, resource management and use of technology and decision
support tools.
Anticipate and respond to system disturbances.
Operate resiliently under unforeseen events.

Figure E-1 shows the expected 400kV transmission system configuration by 2030.









Figure E-1 Expected 400kV transmission system configuration by 2030



2025 Best View (30GW)
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400kV Tower
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400kV Cable
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400kV grid station associated with Power Plant
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E3 Demand-Generation Background
Global peak electricity demand (include supplies to Abu Dhabi Emirate and Northern Emirates) is
forecast to increase to between 16GW-24GW by 2018 according to ADWECs 2011 forecast
update. This represents an average growth rate of about 9% and 16% per annum for the period
2010-2018 related to the two demand forecasts. For the purposes of preparing this 7YPS an
intermediate demand level of about 20GW by 2018 is also considered. This together with the
generation background described below is consistent with the best-view long-term transfers
established in the network development strategy. The demand scenarios are used to indicate
uncertainty and market volatility in the forecast. The principle demand drivers are industrial,
residential and commercial development expansions; and export supplies to Northern Emirates.
The proportion of industrial demand relative to peak demand is forecast to increase as the UAE
diversifies its economy and there is the potential for variations of the locational development of
demand within the outlier demand scenario.

To meet these demands, the existing power generation plants contribute about 12GW (as on 2010)
of capacity. New committed generation projects identified to date which are expected to be
integrated into the main bulk transmission grid during the period 2011-2020 are:
Shuweihat S2 (~1.62GW) and Shuweihat S3 (~1.65GW) combined cycle fossil fuel plants
located adjacent to the existing Shuweihat S1 site in the Al Gharbia region.
Shuweihat S2 is integrated to transmission network and operational in 2011.
The Braka site in the Gharbia region has been identified to promote nuclear generation of total
capacity 5.6GW by 2020. Generator units of 1400MWe are expected to be integrated to the
transmission system.
Shams-1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a maximum installed capacity of 110MW
at a facility located south of Madinat Zayed in the Gharbia region.
Nour-1 photovoltaic solar power (PV) plant with a maximum installed capacity of 100MW at a
potential facility in Al-Ain region.
The above generation projects contribute an additional capacity of about 9.5GW by 2020, among
other potential new generation additions (e.g. relocation of Al Zawra gas turbines to Mirfa site,
Masdar hydrogen plant at Shuweihat).

It should be recognized that the actual commitment to the new conventional generation capacity
takes place on a shorter time scale (about 4 years) to close the emerging gap.




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Some of the existing generation plants are expected to retire during the period 2017-2020. These
are located at Mirfa (186MW), Umn Al Nar (778MW), Al-Ain Power Station (256MW) and
Madinat Zayed Power Station (109MW). The available capacity off-set due to the closure of above
existing generation will be about 1.3GW by 2020. To compensate for the expected generation
retirements, there could be a possibility to locate some new generation capacity (of the order of
1GW) either by re-developing the existing Umn Al Nar (UAN) plant site (in Eastern region close
to Abu Dhabi Island) or locate some new generation capacity close to Sweihan (in Al-Ain region).
In either case, no major 400kV transmission reinforcement works are required as the
existing/planned main bulk transmission infrastructure by 2020 in UAN and Sweihan has
sufficient transmission capability to evacuate the above generation.

To meet the TRANSCOs best view planned transfers after Shuweihat S3 generation; there is a
need to integrate an additional major new generation into the transmission system from 2015.
In addition to Taweela-C option (in Eastern region), there are two other potential generation sites
options available. These are Al Mirfa (in Gharbia region) and Hamria/Ras Al Khaimah
(in Northern Emirates). While the need to utilize all of the above three generation sites could be
possible in the long-term, nevertheless one of the above-mentioned generation sites is considered
to be the most likely next generation site to satisfy the demand-supply gap and the emerging gap
between the identified generation capacity and the required generation capacity upto 2020.
400kV transmission reinforcement is required across Shamkha-Sweihan corridor common for all
the three potential generation site options in addition to the generation integration works required
at their respective generation sites. For the potential generation site option at Mirfa (in Gharbia
region) only, major 400kV transmission reinforcement is required within the Gharbia region and
across the West-East corridor to evacuate power generation from the Gharbia region.

Figure E-2 shows the demand-generation background for the period 2010-2018.
Figure E-3 shows the region-wise demand forecast for the 20GW intermediate scenario.







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Figure E-2 Demand-generation background upto 2018.









Figure E-3 Region-wise demand forecast for the 20GW intermediate scenario.
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E4 Regional and International Grid Interconnections
To support the Government of Abu Dhabi initiative to bolster the domestic energy security,
TRANSCOs transmission system will increasingly integrate with Emirates National Grid (ENG)
and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Figure E-4 shows the simplified high-level grid
interconnection arrangement (existing and current plans) with ENG/GCC grids.


























Figure E-4 Simplified high-level grid interconnection arrangement with ENG/GCC grids.




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Potential maximum transfers between TRANSCO and regional/international grids under Secured
Event conditions could include:
1GW through the current existing Northern GCC 400kV interconnector between UAE-KSA.
170MW through the current existing Southern GCC 220kV interconnector between UAE-
Oman. Maximum transfers are planned to be increased to about 1GW through the future
400kV interconnector between UAE-Oman.
2GW through the current existing ENG interconnections to Northern Emirates (i.e. through
400kV interconnector between Taweela-Warsan, and 400kV interconnector between Fujairah
Qidfa-Sweihan) with possible range of exports.
These interconnections will not only enhance the security of supply but also reduce the spinning
reserve requirements and facilitate power exchange among member utilities and states, while
providing a mechanism to mitigate against gas supply shortages and uncertainty in the levels of
demand growth. It will also reduce plant procurement cost through achieving higher efficiency and
plant load factors apart from reducing the global operating costs of the integrated electricity
market.



E5 Planned Transfers
The requirements for the transmission system development and its associated investments are
primarily driven by the demand and generation backgrounds identified above and the resulting
power transfers on the transmission system. There are uncertainties associated with the demand
and generation backgrounds as with any forecasts and plans. These uncertainties will affect future
planned power transfers on the transmission system and hence the way the transmission system
develops. Using scenarios analysis, the planned power transfers on the transmission system are
established for the most probable demand-generation scenarios envisaged during the period 2010-
2018 and ensure consistency with the long-term approach. Envelopes of possible transfers are
established and the most likely (best-view) planned power transfers are identified across each of
the transmission corridors that is used as a basis to inform how best to develop the transmission
system. The approach adopted in the 7YPS in establishing the envelope of possible transfers and
planned transfers takes into account the following considerations:




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Different demand forecast scenarios namely 22.5GW scenario (i.e. 16GW by 2018),
Intermediate scenario (i.e. 20GW by 2018) and 38.5GW scenario (i.e. 24GW by 2018).
Different locational development of next possible generation (Mirfa, Taweela-C, Hamria) to
meet the above demands from 2014/2015 through to 2018 after Shuweihat S3 generation.
Figure E-5 shows the envelope of possible transfers and the best-view planned transfers across the
five identified boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background during the period
2010-2018. It also shows the transfer capability (represented in blue text) across the identified
boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background in 2010.













Figure E-5 Envelope of possible transfers and best-view planned transfers for period 2010-2018

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E6 Evolution of Transmission Network
Using the best view planned transfers as the basis a network development plan has been produced.
The evolution of the transmission network based on the best-view planned transfers is detailed
below. This is consistent with the network development strategy.
Major committed 400kV transmission system expansion projects are expected to be completed
during the period 2011-2015 to meet the system needs and to accommodate committed new
generation projects.


The 400kV transmission facilities from the existing Shuweihat Power Station is capable of
evacuating power from both Shuweihat S1 & S2 generation (total about 3.2GW) to meet the
demand requirements in the Western (Gharbia) region and exports to the Abu Dhabi Region. To
evacuate power generation from the committed Shuweihat S3 generation (about 1.65GW), a new
400kV grid station is planned within the Shuweihat S3 plant site. A new 400kV grid station is also
planned at Braka in 2015 to facilitate the integration of the nuclear power plant in 2017/2018. The
400kV West-East corridor reinforcements ensure an integrated approach to evacuating power from
S3 and Braka while meeting the demands in the Western region.

New 400kV grid stations and related 400kV overhead line works are expected to be integrated to
the transmission network to meet the respective regions demand requirements. These are
400/220kV grid stations in Ruwais and Bab (in Gharbia region); 400/220kV grid station in ICAD
and 400/132kV grid stations in Bahia, Mahawi and Shamkha regions (in Eastern region); and
400/132kV grid stations in Ajman, Sharjah and New Fujairah City (in Northern Emirates).
A new 400kV grid station and related 400kV overhead line works at Sila have been completed in
2011 as part of the UAE plan to integrate with the GCC grid. A new 400kV grid station and related
400kV overhead line works are planned to facilitate increased interconnection with Oman grid.
400kV XLPE underground cables projects along the Abu Dhabi Island-Sadiyat-Bahia corridor
and Sas Al Nakheel-Mahawi-Mussafah corridor have been initiated to enable the policy decision to
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Major 400kV transmission reinforcements works are required within Western region and across
West-East region corridor to evacuate power from the Braka Nuclear Power Plants during the
period 2017-2018. There is a need to establish new intermediate 400kV grid station at some point
in the Eastern region (e.g. Hameem Junction near ICAD/Mussafah) not only to facilitate large
volumes of power transfers across West-East region corridor but also strengthen the overall 400kV
transmission system.
Figure E-6 shows the expected 400kV and 220kV transmission network configuration by 2018 to
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E7 Asset Management
The transmission network is comparatively young. However, there will be requirements for assets
approaching the end of their useful lives to be managed and replaced at an appropriate time. Asset
management process improvements are required to capture the knowledge to build only what
needed. Integrated outage management and risk assessment needs to be considered for improved
operational efficiency. Maintenance practices and resource management processes shall be
programmed and managed innovatively to better position the transmission network for next
20 years of operation and maintenance.

It should be noted that TRANSCO recent management practice is to move towards achieving
PAS55 requirements. This is to be achieved through a structured asset management process that
takes cognizance of best practice asset management principles for the development and
stewardship of the transmission network and requirements for capital assurance governance. The
PASS55 framework includes policies, procedures and processes for managing the asset base and
also embraces continuous improvement - an aspect important to TRANSCO as it seeks to better
understand its assets to identify the short- and long-term replacement requirements. As part of the
PASS55 process and the associated need of a long term network development strategy,
consideration has not only been given to the requirements of the transmission system to
accommodate load growth but also to the requirements to replace assets as they come to the end of
their useful life or where their performance or technologies employed result in inefficiency.

In the short to medium term, the average total forecast replacement expenditure is expected to be
less than 1% of the total load-related expenditure for the next five years. The asset class that
contributes to the replacement expenditure is transformers, switchgear, protection and auxiliary
systems. This is due to their age reaching the end of useful life and technology being obsolete.















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E8 Capital Delivery
The transmission system development requirements and associated investments are largely driven
by the demand and generation background and the resulting power transfers on the transmission
system. As there will continue to be a degree of uncertainty in the realization of the volume,
location and timing of demand and generation backgrounds in any given area, the potential
transmission reinforcement plans shall be established in a phased manner and that the options are
maintained at minimum cost to provide a least regret solution.

In view of the economic downturn and greater uncertainty in the development requirements; some
project proposals and schemes are evaluated with intent of optimizing the assets utilization taking
into account the potential risks. The risks could be if the demand does not materialize as expected
or if the demand comes early, project delays and its impact on network performance and security
of supply could result. Risk mitigation measures through various scenario/optioneering approaches
are built into the planning proposals by engaging relevant Stakeholders and Users in order to
achieve a consensus on the optimum balance of overall benefits/savings and risk trade-off.
Considering the current economic scenario, TRANSCO has already taken action in delaying some
planned assets or relocating elsewhere if the contracts already awarded. Hence, there is a
likelihood of potential deviations of some project proposals and schemes included in this 7YPS.


Chapter-9 provides a brief high-level summary of capital and replacement projects. These include
only the major on-going, currently under tendering process and new planned power projects to
meet the future demands and performance standards for the period 2012-2018. These projects have
been categorized according to their needs and drivers. Whilst some of these identified seven year
capital projects shall be initiated depending on their priority level and subject to the receipt of
approvals from relevant authorities, for others it is proposed to continue monitor the developments
of the market and update the plans accordingly.


The detailed capital delivery and capital forecast for the on-going and planned power projects to
meet the future demands and performance standards including the replacement projects are
reported separately and released only to the RSB. In that report TRANSCO have taken the
opportunity to maintain the capital delivery transparency by presenting for regulatory review a
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1.0 Introduction


Condition 15 of the Transmission Licence requires Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch
Company (TRANSCO) to prepare seven year planning statement (7YPS) annually in a form
approved by the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB or Bureau). In relation to the electricity
transmission system, the requirement is to contain the following information in each of the seven
succeeding financial years:
a) Capacity, forecast power flows and loading on each part of the transmission system, and fault
levels for each electricity transmission node.
b) Plans for capital expenditure necessary to ensure the relevant transmission system meets the
security and performance standards and future demands.


The Sector Law requires the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC) to prepare a
demand forecast and accordingly secure the future generation capacity to meet the short and long-
term requirements of the Sector.

The 7YPS has been developed in the context of the TRANSCOs network development strategy
for the period to 2030 that sets a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward. The
network development strategy places much greater emphasis on the trends and drivers which
provides a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward consistent with
Governments 2030 vision. The 7YPS describes more detailed short to medium-term plans for the
transmission system and is linked to the needs and investment requirements for the period 2012-
2018.

The main purpose of the 7YPS is to enable the Users seeking the use of the transmission system, to
identify and evaluate the opportunities available when connecting to and making use of such
system. Such opportunities shall be guided by the Statement of Connection Charging
Methodology to make a reasonable estimate of the charges to which they would be liable for the
provision of such services. It also gives a forward view on the proposed transmission infrastructure
expansion plans to meet the forecast demand growth and planned new generation
capacity. However, we recommend prospective Users of the system to contact TRANSCO directly
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This is the second 7YPS which contains the latest updated information and replaces all Statements
released earlier. The 7YPS covers the planning horizon 2012-2018. 2011 7YPS (2012-2018) is
based on the best available updated information from ADWEC and Users; updated project scope
and status. The cutoff date for input data is 30 April 2011. All information received after this date
will be updated in TRANSCO 2012 7YPS (2013-2019). The 7YPS presents a wide range of
information relating to the planning and development of 400kV, 220kV and 132kV transmission
system within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and, where appropriate, TRANSCO network outside of
the authorized area.

The 7YPS update contains the following chapters:
a) Network development strategy
This chapter summarizes the network development strategy for the period to 2030 that sets a long-
term vision for taking the transmission system forward. It places much greater emphasis on the
trends and drivers which provides a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward
consistent with Governments 2030 vision.


b) Planning principles
The principles used for the planning and development of the electricity transmission system are
briefly described. For ease of understanding, these principles are summarized under five categories
namely the general criteria, connections conditions, generation connection criteria, main
interconnected transmission system criteria and demand connection criteria. These principles are
fully described in the latest versions of the Electricity Transmission Code and Electricity
Transmission System Security Standard.



c) Demand-generation background
The requirement for the transmission system development and its associated investments is
primarily driven by the demand and generation backgrounds. In this chapter, the demand-
generation trends and the choice of the key assumptions are summarized. Based on the electrical
connectivity and geographical dispersion, the capacity and demand forecast at each part of the
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d) Planned transfers
This chapter summarizes the possible transfers and best-view planned transfers based on the
demand-generation backgrounds that determine the requirements for the transmission system
developments and its associated investment plans.


e) Evolution and performance of transmission network
The evolution of 400kV, 220kV and 132kV transmission system within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
and, where appropriate, the TRANSCO network outside of the authorized area up to 2018 are
presented. The evolution of the transmission network is based on the best-view planned transfers.
A brief description of its impact on the system performance is described. The forecast power flows
on the transmission system in PSS/E format; fault levels for each electricity transmission node for
valid load conditions for the best-view scenario are included.

f) Asset management
The requirements for assets approaching the end of their useful lives to be managed and replaced
at an appropriate time are briefly summarized in this chapter.

g) Transmission system capabilities and opportunities
This chapter describes bulk transmission system capabilities which give an indication of the extent
to which the system can accommodate the circumstances outside the chosen likely best view
planned transfers. It also provides an appreciation of opportunities available in the transmission
system to accommodate new generation and demand in across the system.


h) Capital delivery

The chapter summarizes the on-going and planned power projects to meet the future demands and
performance standards. These projects have been categorized and explicitly identify the needs and
drivers for the investment program. However, the details related to their capital delivery and
investments are reported separately and released only to the RSB. In that report TRANSCO have
taken the opportunity to maintain the capital delivery transparency by presenting for regulatory
review a year-on-year view of planned and delivered capital performance.






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2.0 Network Development Strategy

TRANSCO has over the years developed a modern and reliable transmission system making use of
best available technology to provide a high degree of energy security. TRANSCO aims to continue
to develop, operate and maintain a safe, flexible, accessible, robust, reliable, and efficient
transmission system that meets the needs of its customers in a manner consistent with its License
obligations. This is to be achieved through a structured asset management process that takes
cognizance of best practice asset management principles for the development and stewardship of
the transmission network and requirements for capital assurance governance.

TRANSCOs power network development strategy for the period to 2030 provides a long-term
vision for taking the transmission system forward and provides direction to the 7YPS and its
associated investment plans. The strategy places much greater emphasis on the trends and drivers
which provides a long-term vision for taking the transmission system forward consistent with
Governments 2030 vision. The 7YPS describes more detailed short to medium-term plans for the
transmission system and is linked to the needs and investment requirements for the period 2012-
2018.


2.1 Challenges
Over the period to 2030 the development of the transmission system will face many challenges.
High levels of projected future demand growth along with changing customer and social needs that
influence the location and timing of demand development will require greater participation and
active engagement with customers. Meanwhile, there are uncertainties in the future primary
generation energy mix and associated demand-generation backgrounds. There is a need to manage
these uncertainties and reduce the risk in making investment decisions, while limiting if not
avoiding congestion on the transmission system. Efforts to mitigate the effects of global climate
change combined with a shortage of domestic gas will encourage promoting low-carbon and
sustainable generation resources (including renewable sources), energy storage, demand side
management and other forms of energy sources. While the transmission network is comparatively
young, there is a need to ensure that the requirements for assets approaching the end of their useful
lives are managed and replaced at an appropriate time. These replacements shall be programmed
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operation and maintenance. All these require greater understanding and managing the technical
challenges, and thereby create opportunities for integrating new technologies, operation and
maintenance practices that are now available particularly in primary transmission equipment, and
information and communication technology.

2.2 Objectives
TRANSCO has two options to meet these challenges and fulfill the expectations of stakeholders. It
could either continue the development of the transmission network as is or adopt fresh thinking
and innovation. This requires a shared vision and strategic implementation plan to ensure the
aspirations of all stakeholders in the transmission system are met. The strategic plan presented in
this report adopts a holistic approach to the development and stewardship of the transmission
system with the aim of building sufficient flexibility and robustness into its future system
architecture to accommodate uncertainties.

The long-term network development strategy for the period to 2030 (20 years) aims to provide an
optimized vision for taking the transmission system forward that takes into account the
government objectives and policies, particularly those associated with the United Arab Emirates
(UAE) future social, environmental and economic requirements. The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision
2030 envisaged a real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) average target growth rate of about 6.4%
per annum for the period 2010-2030. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) developed
the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030-Urban Structure Framework Plan calibrated to achieve the target
population growth rate at about 4.8% for the period 2010-2030. The electricity transmission
infrastructure continues to be developed consistent with the above set policy targets among others
to support the future economic development of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

The adopted transmission network development strategy along with the application of relevant
novel technologies will ensure achieving the following objectives:
Fulfill the expectations of society.
Facilitate sufficient energy resources to meet the current and future demand within the Emirate
and to allow Abu Dhabis continued contribution to the energy requirements of the UAE.





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Secure the domestic energy supplies to minimize vulnerabilities associated with unplanned
domestic system disruptions, import disruptions, and other crises.
Provide accessibility in granting connection access to all network users and benefits to
customers at the earliest opportunity, particularly for renewable power sources and high
efficiency local generation with zero or low carbon emissions.
Reliable in assuring and improving the security of supply standards, transmission code and
quality of supply to accommodate the customer requirements having different technical
characteristics.
Economical by providing the best value through innovation and efficient energy management
while supporting economic competitiveness and diversification by facilitating supply of
reasonably priced energy and tariff regulations.
Facilitate implementation of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) Demand
Side Management (DSM) program. This program presents policies, means and techniques to
achieve a scale of possible reduction of electricity demand keeping high standards of living and
customer satisfaction.
Flexible in fulfilling the customers needs and broader spectrum of stakeholders whilst
responding to the changes and challenges ahead.
Environmentally friendly and safe. Protect the environment by facilitating renewable and
alternative energy technologies, mitigating the negative effects of traditional energy
production, and achieving increased energy efficiency among consumers within the Emirate.
The target renewable energy share is set at 7% by 2020.
Reduce uncertainty and risk to investment decisions.
Ensure end of life renewal of assets for sustainable operation of the grid.

2.3 Principle Long-Term Drivers and Trends
The principle drivers and trends which will shape the long-term development of the power
transmission system and the investment plans and thereby achieve the above objectives with
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a) Electricity demand
Electricity is the critical enabler for the economic and social development of the UAE.
Peak electricity demand (including supplies to Abu Dhabi Emirate and Northern Emirates) is
forecast to increase from 8.5GW (in 2010) to between 22.5GW-40.5GW by 2030 according to
ADWECs 2011 forecast update. Figure 2-1 shows the historical and future electricity demand
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Figure 2-1 Historical and future electricity demand forecast

Source GDP data from Ministry of Economy Website (from 2001-2006) & Abu Dhabi Economic
Vision 2030 (from 2006-2030). Demand data from ADWEC received in March 2011.

The principle demand drivers are industrial expansion; new mega residential and commercial
developments; and export supplies to Northern Emirates. The proportion of industrial demand
relative to peak demand is forecast to increase as the UAE diversifies its economy. There is also
the potential for variations of the locational development of demand within the 22.5GW-40.5GW
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b) Regional and international grid interconnections
To support the Government of Abu Dhabi initiative to bolster the domestic energy security,
TRANSCOs transmission system will increasingly integrate with Emirates National Grid (ENG)
and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) transmission system. Figure 2-2 shows the simplified high-
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Figure 2-2 Simplified high-level grid interconnection arrangement with ENG/GCC grids.

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170MW through the current existing Southern GCC 220kV interconnector between UAE-
Oman. Maximum transfers are planned to be increased to about 1GW through the future
400kV interconnector between UAE-Oman.
2GW through the current existing ENG interconnections to Northern Emirates (i.e. through
400kV interconnector between Taweela-Warsan, and 400kV interconnector between Fujairah
Qidfa-Sweihan) with possible range of exports.

These interconnections will not only enhance the security of supply but also reduce the spinning
reserve requirements and facilitate power exchange among member utilities and states, while
providing a mechanism to mitigate against gas supply shortages and uncertainty in the levels of
demand growth. It will also reduce plant procurement cost through achieving higher efficiency and
plant load factors apart from reducing the global operating costs of the integrated electricity
market.

c) Generation trends and energy storage

The production of electricity and the desalinated of water are dominated by large-scale operators
using conventional technologies such as gas turbines and thermal desalination. Figure 2-3 shows
the historical and future demand-generation trend upto 2030.


To support the Government objectives of achieving energy sufficiency, energy security, economic
diversification, and reduce the negative environmental impact of fossil fuel generation within the
Emirate, connection of essential new generation such as nuclear and renewable are planned which
have different technical characteristics to the current generation portfolio. Figure 2-4 shows the
existing and future potential generation site candidates and range of generation capacity assumed
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Figure 2-3 Demand-generation trends for the period 2000-2030


The target of the Governments objective is not to displace the existing or future fossil fuel plants,
but to supplement them with a diverse mix of technologies and fuel sources that make the
electricity sector less vulnerable to supply interruptions, market swings, and other crises while
creating the commercial impetus for the emergence of new technology-based clusters within the
local economy. This has required consideration of:
Committed new generation expansion projects.
ADWECs view on the future potential capacity and their potential site locations as outlined in
their 2011 Statement of Future Capacity Requirements.
Closures of some existing generating plants due to various legislation and age profile.
Policy drivers on renewable energy targets (objective is to drive towards establishing a 7%
share of renewable energy by 2020) and demand side management initiatives.
Adequate generation resources to maintain sufficient reserve margin.
ADWEAs initiative to introduce energy storage.


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Figure 2-4 Existing and future potential generation site candidates


d) Technological developments

Technologies such as higher rating overhead line conductors for increased power transfers,
increased use of XLPE cables in areas of high amenity value at voltages up to 400kV, adoption of
765kV or HVDC transmission voltage levels and the application of static and dynamic reactive
power compensators, while not necessarily all these new technologies require considerations in the
transmission system development.

Elsewhere in the world, considerable attention is being paid to so-called smart grids to aid in
integrating renewable, changing customer requirements and renewing life expired assets. Whilst
not necessarily directly applicable to the UAE, some potential technologies such as the application
Shuweihat
Umn Al Nar/
SAS Al Nakheel
Masdar
Existing Fossil Fuel Power Plants
Future Potential Sites
Existing/Future Potential Renewables
Expected Retire
Gharbia (Western Region)
1) Shuweihat (S1, S2) existing
2) Shuweihat S3 - open cycle
3) Braka (NPP-1)
4) North Braka (cogen/NPP)
5) Mirfa (Combined/cogen)
6) Madinat Zayed (Renewable)
7) Sir Baniyas Island (Renewable)
8) Sila (Renewable)
Eastern Region
1) Taweela/TANE (Existing)
2) Taweela-C (combined/cogen)
3) SASN/UAN (Existing)
4) UAN Re-development (open cycle)
5) Masdar City (Renewable)
Northern Emirates
1) Fujairah Qidfa (F1, F2) - Existing
2) Fujairah F3 (cogen/open cycle)
3) Ras Al Khaimah/Umn Al Quwain Border (cogen/NPP)
4) Hamria (cogen/open cycle)
Braka
Mirfa
Sir Baniyas Island
Madinat Zayed
North Braka
Fujairah Qidfa
Ras Al Khaimah
Taweela
SASN/UAN
Al-Ain Power Station
Sweihan
Sanaiya/Maziyad
Al-Ain Region
1) Al-Ain P.S (Renewable)
2) Sanaiya/Maziyad (Renewable)
3) Sweihan (Fossil fuel/Renewable)
Combination of generation
site candidates provides
~ 42.5GW capacity
Sila
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of smart meters in the selective areas of the distribution network within the Abu Dhabi Emirate
have been considered.

From a transmission perspective, the smart grid components could essentially include and integrate
synchrophasor measurement, intelligent protection schemes, power flow control, static var
compensation, real time monitoring, energy storage management and solar/wind forecasting tools,
advanced metering (AMR), demand response, energy storage devices, condition monitoring,
control and decision support systems. These requires massive changes in the electrical system and
the way it should be structured and operated, which has the potential to create a new system
architecture.

e) System operation and despatch
The generation mix and demand side technologies along with the changes expected in the load
duration curve due to high industrial demand growth and export requirements will required to be
considered. These are likely to alter the summer-winter peak demand ratio to about 40% and
system load factor to about 70% by 2020. The impact of these changes, particularly the need to
take into account the inter-relationship between power and water production, could lead to the
need to introduce other methods of water production such as reverse osmosis (RO) and
opportunities for energy storage. As a result the intermittency and non-despatchable plant
characteristics of wind and solar generation, and plans to despatch nuclear plant as base load
and/or introduce degree of flexibility in their operation needs to be considered.

f) Asset management
While the transmission network is comparatively young, there will be requirements for assets
approaching the end of their useful lives to be managed and replaced at an appropriate time. Asset
Management process improvements will be required to capture the knowledge to build only what
is needed. Integrated outage management and risk assessment need to be considered for improved
operational efficiency. Maintenance practices and resource management processes shall be
programmed and managed innovatively to better position the transmission network for next 20
years of operation and maintenance; particularly noting the transmission network develops from
about 8.5GW to between 22.5GW-40.5GW. Certain of these can be managed by technologies
mentioned above. All these improvements will enable reduction in the utility costs (CAPEX and
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g) Standards and procedures
The evolution of bulk transmission network over the period to 2030 requires review of standards
and procedures related to the network operation and despatch that needs to address:
System complexity as the network develops to meet the demand requirements of 2030.
Operational connection topology to manage fault levels within acceptable limits.
Levels of security (infeed risk), power factor, reactive power management, stability including
fault ride through and frequency response, and spinning reserve issues.
Power quality requirements of customers and sensitive loads.

2.4 Approach to Developing the Main Bulk Transmission System
The requirements for the transmission system development and its associated investments are
primarily driven by the demand and generation backgrounds and the resulting power transfers on
the transmission system. There are uncertainties associated with the demand and generation
backgrounds as with any forecasts and plans. These uncertainties will affect future planned power
transfers on the transmission system and hence the way the transmission system develops.

To manage the uncertainties, the approach adopted in this strategy is based on the scenario
analysis taking into account the sensitivities, constraints and risks through considering:
Different demand forecast scenarios in the range 22.5GW-40.5GW by 2030.
Considering different locational development of demand including different levels of transfers
to the Northern Emirates.
Different locational development of generation to meet the above demands.

Using the scenarios developed, the planned power transfers on the transmission system are
established for various demand-generation scenarios. Given the differences in scenarios, envelopes
of possible transfers are established. The scenario analysis establishes the most likely (best-view)
planned power transfers across each of the identified transmission corridors that is used as a basis
to inform how best to develop the transmission system. Figure 2-5 shows a representative example
of how the envelope of power transfers and the most likely (best view) planned transfers is
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Figure 2-5 Representative example of most likely boundary transfers across West-East corridor

Figure 2-6 shows the envelope of possible transfers and the best-view planned transfers across the
five identified boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background during the period
2010-2030. It also shows the transfer capability (represented in blue text) across the identified
boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background in 2010.






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Figure 2-6 Envelope of possible transfers and best-view planned transfers by 2030

Bulk transmission system options centred on 400kV, 765kV and HVDC technologies have been
explored to meet the system needs for the range of planned transfer requirements. Figure 2-7
shows the three options which are investigated for the main bulk transmission system
development. Analysis was performed for the transmission system options for various demand
generation backgrounds in order to identify the most efficient long-term transmission system
option.

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Figure 2-7 Main options for bulk transmission system development.

400kV is chosen as the most likely transmission system option to ensure that the investments are
economical and efficient and that those Users connecting to the system can reasonably identify and
evaluate opportunities. As there will continue to be a degree of uncertainty in the realization of the
volume, location and timing of demand and generation backgrounds in any given area, it is
proposed to continue monitor the developments of the market and update the scenarios
accordingly. Hence, the potential transmission reinforcement plans shall be established in a phased
manner and that the options are maintained at minimum cost to provide a least regret solution.

It should be noted that the 400kV transmission reinforcements associated with the 1
st
and 2
nd
Braka
nuclear units are able to exploit the synergies with the committed transmission network associated
with Shuweihat S3 generation integration. Migration to 765kVAC or HVDC as the main overlay
transmission system option over the existing 400kV network across the West-East corridor is
convincing only if significant future generation is introduced in the Western region and that the
Abu Dhabi has increased obligations to meet the demand requirements in Northern Emirates to
achieve transmission distance of about 400km or more. This requires the levels of transfers across
the West-East corridor to be equal to or greater than 12GW which could be achieved for outlier
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In developing the transmission system, considerations have also been given to the increasing
requirements for renewal of existing assets in the period to 2030.

2.5 Network Development Strategy
TRANSCOs network development strategy is to continue to develop a flexible, reliable, secure,
accessible, robust, economical, efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transmission system
that meets the needs of its customers in a manner consistent with its Licence obligations.
This is achieved through:
Implementing a structured asset management process that takes cognizance of best practice
asset management principles for the development and stewardship of the transmission network
and requirements for capital assurance governance.
Continuing with the development of 400kV main bulk transmission system. Given the
uncertainty in the demand and generation background, the possible need to migrate to 765kV
or HVDC as the main overlay transmission system option across the West-East corridor is to
be kept under review, particularly if significant level of additional generation capacity beyond
Shuweihat S3 and Braka nuclear plant are contracted in the Western region, and that there is
increased requirement to provide power to Northern Emirates.
Incremental deployment and integration of new technologies and best available practice.
It is intended that the development of the transmission network will be done in such a manner to:
Have minimum negative side-effects on the environment and society.
Accommodate large central and decentralized generation and storage.
Enable active participation of consumers including demand response.
Provide high quality of supply and reliable power that satisfy the expectation and needs of the
customer and comply with international best practice and standards.
Optimize asset utilization and operate efficiently through integrated outage management, risk
assessment, improved process, resource management and use of technology and decision
support tools.
Anticipate and respond to system disturbances.
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Figure 2-8 shows the expected 400kV transmission system configuration by 2030.










Figure 2-8 Expected 400kV transmission system configuration by 2030.






2025 Best View (30GW)
Al-Ain
South West
Dahma
Sweihan
Mussafah
Shahama
Warsan
Dhaid
Ras Al
Khaimah
To Salwa 400kV
Grid Station
(KSA)
Sharjah
SASN
Taweelah
Qidfa
Sila
ICAD
Mahawi
Bahia
Al Wasit Area
(Sultanate of Oman)
Shamkha
Hameem
Al-Ain Airport
Ajman
New Fujairah
City
Mirfa
Wathba
SAS Al Nakheel
Beach
Al Qurm
ADST
Reem
Sadiyat
Bahia
Zayed
Sports City
Braka
400kV grid station
400kV Tower
(double circuit)
400kV Cable
Single Circuit
Single 400kV
Overhead Line Circuit
400kV grid station associated with Power Plant
Madinat Zayed
Bab
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3.0 Planning Principles

The Electricity Transmission System Security Standard, Issue 1, Rev (0) dated March 2005 sets
out the criteria and methodology, which TRANSCO shall use in the planning, development,
operation and maintenance of the electricity transmission system. The Electricity Transmission
Code (Ver.1, Rev.3, issued in September 2006) contains additional criteria and other aspects of
quality of supply standards that shall be considered for planning the transmission network. A
summary of the planning principles are discussed below;


3.1 General Criteria

The following general criteria are adopted for network planning and development;
Electricity transmission system shall be planned to comply with N-1 criteria.
400kV overhead line system feeding Abu Dhabi Island shall comply with N-2.
Electrical and thermal ratings of the equipment shall NOT be exceeded.
Power system shall remain stable with respect to voltage and frequency control under
normal and secured outage conditions.
Power system shall be developed in an efficient and economical manner.
Acceptable safety standards shall be maintained.

Both the Electricity Transmission System Security of Supply Standard and the Electricity
Transmission Code are under review. However, for the purposes of this Seven Year Electricity
Planning Statement, 400kV overhead line circuits planned to be connected to Nuclear Power
Station shall meet N-Tower criteria (i.e. for tower failure).


3.2 Connection Conditions

TRANSCO and Users connected to the Transmission System (Gencos, Discos and Non-Embedded
Customers) have obligations to plan and operate their networks so that minimum performance
criteria are met. The connection conditions related to frequency deviation, voltage variation,
harmonic distortion, phase unbalance, voltage fluctuations; demand power factor shall be
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connections, main interconnected transmission topology and demand connections shall satisfy the
deterministic criteria specified in the Security Standards.


Frequency Deviation
The System Frequency of the Transmission System shall be nominal 50Hz with System Frequency
set points between 49.95Hz 50.05Hz and shall be controlled within the limits of 49.9Hz
50.1Hz unless exceptional circumstances prevail.
Under transient disturbed conditions, System Frequency could rise to 53Hz or fall to 47Hz.
However, under disturbed steady-state conditions, System Frequency will NOT exceed 51.5Hz or
fall below 48.5Hz.

Voltage Variation
The voltage on the 400kV, 220kV and 132kV parts of the Transmission System at each
Connection Site with the User will normally remain within 5% of the nominal value. The
minimum voltage is -10% and the maximum voltage are +10%; but voltages between +5% and
+10% will not last longer than 15 minutes unless abnormal conditions prevail.
The voltage on the 33kV and 11kV parts of the Distribution System will normally remain within
6% of the nominal value unless abnormal conditions prevail.

Harmonic Distortion
The Compatibility/Planning Levels for harmonic distortion on the Transmission System from all
sources under both Planned Outage and fault outage conditions (unless abnormal conditions
prevail) shall comply with the levels shown in Appendix-F of the Electricity Transmission Code.
TRANSCO apply the Planning Levels to the connection of non-linear loads to the Transmission
System, which may result in harmonic emission limits being specified in the relevant Connection
Agreement. The Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) for Planning and Compatibility Levels shall not
exceed the limits shown in the Table 3-1 below;

Table 3-1 Planning Levels for Total Harmonic Distortion
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Level
S.N Description
132kV 220kV & 400kV
1 Planning Levels for Harmonic Voltage 3% 3%
2 Harmonic Voltage Compatibility Levels 5% 3.5%






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Phase Unbalance
Under Planned Outage conditions, the maximum negative phase sequence component of the phase
voltage on the Transmission System should remain below 1% unless abnormal conditions prevail.

Voltage Fluctuations
Voltage fluctuations at a Point of Common Coupling (PCC) with a fluctuating Load directly
connected to the Transmission System shall NOT exceed;
1% of voltage level for step changes which may occur repetitively. Any large voltage
excursions other than step changes may be allowed up to 3% provided this does not
constitute a risk to the Transmission System or in TRANSCOs view to the System of any
User.
Flicker Severity (Short Term) of 0.8 Unit and a Flicker Severity (Long Term) of 0.6 Unit,
as set out in IEC 61000-3-7 Standard.

Demand Power Factor
Demand power factor shall NOT be less than 0.91 lag at 33kV and 11kV connection points
between TRANSCO and Distribution Companies.



3.3 Generation Connection Criteria

The generation connections shall satisfy deterministic criteria comprising of the following;
a) Criteria which determine the maximum Normal and Infrequent Infeed Loss Risk for a set of
Secured Events.
For network design and planning purposes the level of these limits are 400MW and 800MW
respectively. These limits are currently under review and expected to be increased to take into
account the changes in the power network e.g. interconnection with ENG/GCC and Nuclear Plants.
The review will be undertaken after validating and updating the plants dynamic models (governor,
exciter, PSS models). The Normal Infeed Loss Risk limit aims to ensure that the system frequency
does not deviate by more than 0.5Hz for Secured Events such as busbar fault outage or single
generation circuit outage. However, the Infrequent Loss of Power Infeed risk aims to avoid
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b) Criteria which determine Transmission Capacity require avoiding un-acceptable network
conditions for a set of Secured Events.
In either case, prior to any fault or Secured Events, the Transmission Capacity for the
connection to the Power Station should be planned such that the following conditions shall NOT
prevail;
Loss of Supply Capacity (valid only for the Secured Event of fault outage except as
permitted by the Demand Connection Criteria).
Primary equipment loading exceeding normal rating.
Voltage outside the pre-fault planning voltage limits or insufficient voltage performance
margins; or
System instability.

Secured Events could be a fault outage of a single transmission circuit or reactive element, outage
of busbar section or outage of a single transmission circuit with planned outage of another
transmission circuit, a Generating Unit or reactive element.



3.4 Main Interconnected Transmission System (MITS) criteria

The Minimum Transmission Capacity requirements for the Main Interconnected Transmission
System (MITS) shall satisfy deterministic criteria and shall be planned such that prior to any fault
or Secured Events, the following conditions shall NOT prevail;
Loss of Supply Capacity (valid only for Secured Event of fault outage except as permitted by
the Demand Connection Criteria).
Primary equipment loading exceeding normal rating.
Voltage outside the pre-fault planning voltage limits or insufficient voltage performance
margins; or
System instability.

Secured Events could be a fault outage of a single transmission circuit or reactive element, outage
of busbar section or outage of double circuit 400kV overhead line feeding Abu Dhabi Island, or
outage of any single transmission circuit with planned outage of another transmission circuit, a
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3.5 Demand Connection Criteria

The planning of demand connections (132/11kV substations or 220/33kV substations) to the
transmission system shall satisfy deterministic criteria and there should be NO loss of supply
capacity for the Group Demand following Secured Events as illustrated in Table 3-2.

Table 3-2 Planning supply capacity following Secured Events
Initial System Conditions
Group Demand
(MW)
Intact System With Single Arranged Outage
Over 150MW
Immediately
[1]
Group Demand
Immediately
[1]

Maintenance Period Demand
27MW-150MW
Immediately
[1]

Group Demand
5 minutes
[2]

Maintenance Period Demand
Up to 27MW Subject to Discos system security criteria
Subject to Discos system security
criteria
Notes:
[1] Loss of supply not exceeding 5 minutes may be acceptable if leads to significant economies.
[2] For sites where economies prohibit the provision of a third Transmission Circuit, the
Maintenance Group Demand may be lost for the necessary time to restore outage.

Secured Events could be a fault outage of a single transmission circuit under Intact System; or
outage of a single transmission circuit with planned outage of another transmission circuit, a
Generating Unit or reactive element.

Maintenance Period is the period of the Year (November to April) during which maintenance of
transmission equipment is normally undertaken. Maintenance Period Demand is the demand level
experienced at a Demand Supply Point and is the maximum demand level expected during the
normal maintenance period. Unless better data is available, this should be 50% of the Group
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4.0 Demand-Generation Background

The Sector Law requires ADWEC to prepare a demand forecast and accordingly secure the future
generation capacity to meet the short and long-term requirements of the Sector. The requirement
for the transmission system development and its associated investments is primarily driven by the
demand and generation backgrounds. In this chapter, the demand-generation trends and the choice
of the key assumptions are summarized. Based on the electrical connectivity and geographical
dispersion, the capacity and demand forecast at each part of the transmission network are
highlighted.


4.1 Demand Background

In 2010 the total system peak demand recorded was about 8.5GW, which included supplies to the
Abu Dhabi Emirate and the Northern Emirates. Historically, the electricity peak demand sustained
an average growth of 9.8% for the period 2000-2010. The average peak demand growth for the
Abu Dhabi Emirate was 7.8% for the same period. In 2006 TRANSCO established interconnection
with Emirates National Grid (ENG) with the intention of supporting the member utilities of the
UAE.


Global peak electricity demand (include supplies to Abu Dhabi Emirate and Northern Emirates) is
forecast to increase to between 16GW and 24GW by 2018 according to ADWECs 2011 forecast
update. This represents an average growth rate of about 9% and 16% per annum for the period
2010-2018 related to the two demand forecasts. For the purpose of preparing this 7YPS an
intermediate demand level of about 20GW by 2018 is also considered. This together with the
generation background described in the next Section is consistent with the best-view long-term
transfers established in the network development strategy.

In developing the demand forecast, the updated Users demand forecast data, demand notifications
from mega residential/ commercial project developers, bulk industrial consumers demand data,
population growth, economic activity and export requirements are captured based on ADWECs
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The principle demand drivers are industrial, residential and commercial development expansions;
and export supplies to Northern Emirates. The proportion of industrial demand relative to peak
demand is forecast to increase as the UAE diversifies its economy and there is the potential for
variations of the locational development of demand within the outlier demand scenario.

The 7YPS looks at 16GW, 20GW intermediate and 24GW demand scenarios. Attachment-A
include detailed summary and area-wise/zone-wise demand forecast for the 16GW, 20GW
intermediate and 24GW demand scenarios; expected capacity and peak demand forecast at the exit
demand supply points for the period 2010-2018.

Attachment-A includes summary of region-wise peak demand forecast for 16GW, 20GW
intermediate and 24GW demand scenario (Table-A1). Area-wise/zone-wise detailed demand
forecast for the three demand scenarios is included in Table A2. The expected capacity and peak
demand forecast at the exit demand supply points in Abu Dhabi Emirate for the period 2010-2018
for 16GW and 24GW demand scenario is included in Table-A3 and Table-A4 respectively.

For the 20GW intermediate scenario, the global peak electricity demand (Abu Dhabi Emirate and
Northern Emirates) is expected to reach about 20GW in 2018 representing an average growth rate
of about 13% for the period 2010-2018. Figure 4-1 shows the region-wise demand forecast for the
20GW intermediate scenario. Table 4-1 shows the detailed break-up of region-wise demand
forecast for the 20GW intermediate scenario.

The expected capacity and peak demand forecast at the exit demand supply points in Abu Dhabi
Emirate for the period 2010-2018 for 20GW demand scenario is included in the Attachment (refer
Table-A6).

The expected capacity and peak demand forecast at the 400kV grid supply points in Northern
Emirates for the period 2010-2018 for 20GW demand scenario is included in the Attachment (refer
Table-A7).








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Figure 4-1 Region-wise demand forecast for 20GW intermediate scenario.




















8,485
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16,851
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Northern Emirates Incl. Water Pump & Aux. Loads Auxiliary & Desalination Process Loads in AD Emirate
Transmission Losses Coincident Total System Peak
Growth Rate (2010-2018)
System (AD+NE) = 13.1%; Abu Dhabi Emirate = 11.9%
Abu Dhabi Islands' = 7.8%; Eastern Region = 15.7%
Gharbia Region = 24.4%; Al-Ain Region = 6.3%





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Table 4-1 Region-wise demand forecast for the 20GW intermediate scenario.
















a) Demand developments in Northern Emirates

The supply requirements of the Northern Emirate are expected to exceed 2.5GW in the short-term
and could possibly reach about 5GW by 2018. Existing and on-going main bulk 400kV
transmission development works in Northern Emirates (in Fujairah, Ajman, Sharjah) will enable
securing the above supplies and meet the rise in electricity demand in the regions. These
development works will not only contribute to the Abu Dhabis continued support to the energy
requirements of the Northern Emirates but also will improve the overall security of the ENG grid
and reduce the risk to the TRANSCO of shortages and/or network security issues in the Northern
Emirates.


2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1,789 1,981 2,086 2,239 2,359 2,472 2,657 2,835 3,031
1,814 2,129 2,547 2,811 3,136 3,968 4,195 4,530 5,028
658 1,031 1,247 1,710 2,289 2,765 2,840 2,980 3,030
1,648 1,835 2,000 2,094 2,182 2,249 2,350 2,421 2,522
5,909 6,976 7,879 8,854 9,966 11,454 12,041 12,765 13,611
757 780 780 780 815 940 940 990 1,075
6,666 7,756 8,659 9,634 10,781 12,394 12,981 13,755 14,686
1,445 1,700 2,100 3,324 3,420 3,790 3,899 4,236 4,480
270 285 285 323 335 450 450 450 450
1,715 1,985 2,385 3,647 3,755 4,240 4,349 4,686 4,930
104 104 123 155 194 217 252 342 430
8,485 9,845 11,167 13,436 14,730 16,851 17,582 18,783 20,046
Total - Northern Emirates (MW)
Total -Abu Dhabi Emirate (MW)
A) Abu Dhabi Emirate
Aux & Desal Loads in Abu Dhabi Emirate (MW)
2) Water pumping & Aux Loads in N.E (MW)
B) Northern Emirates
1) Abu Dhabi Islands
Grand Total (MW)
C) Estimated Transmission Losses (MW)
1) Northern Emirates (MW)
Sub-Total1 (MW)
Description/Region
2) Eastern Region
3) Gharbia (Western) Region
4) Al-Ain Region





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b) Demand developments in Industrial Zones

Expansion of the oil and gas sector and their increasing reliance upon the utility grid for its
electricity requirements has directly attributed to the significant demand growth in the Gharbia
(Western) region. The growth of oil and gas sector has significant long-term macro-economic
impact on the economy of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The supply requirements of all Abu Dhabi National
Oil Company (ADNOC) group projects located in the Gharbia region is expected to exceed
2GW by 2018.

Development of heavy industrial zones is another important driver contributing to the significant
demand growth. These include developments of the Mussafah Steel Plant in Mussafah/ICAD-1
area, Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) in ICAD area, Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ)
in the Taweela area, and ChemaWEyaats Chemical Industrial City in the RUWAIS area. The
supply requirements of these industrial zones and other light industries in Abu Dhabi Emirate are
expected to exceed 1.5GW by 2018.

For the TRANSCOs best-view planned transfers, the cumulative demand requirements of
ADNOC group projects, heavy and light industrial demand categories is expected to reach about
4.4GW which represents about 22% of the total electricity demand by 2018. The existing and on-
going transmission development works in RUWAIS, BAB, SHAH/ASAB, and ICAD among other
sites is expected to secure the above supplies to meet the short and long-term requirements in the
respective regions.

c) Demand developments in Abu Dhabi Islands, Eastern and Al-Ain regions

New residential and commercial developments in Abu Dhabi islands and Eastern region; and
developments in Al-Ain region are expected to contribute to the cumulative electricity demand
growth of Abu Dhabi Emirate within next few years. The existing and planned transmission
development works are expected to secure the supplies in the above regions.

The developments in Abu Dhabi islands are concentrated in Abu Dhabi island, Reem island,
Suwa island, Sadiyat island. For the TRANSCOs best-view planned transfers, the cumulative
demand requirement of Abu Dhabi islands is expected to reach about 3GW which represents
about 15% of the total electricity demand by 2018.





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The residential and commercial developments in Eastern region are concentrated in Yas island,
Raha Beach, Bahia, Mahawi, and Shamkha regions. For the TRANSCOs best-view planned
transfers, the cumulative demand requirement of Eastern region (excluding industrial demand
category) is expected to reach about 2.8GW which represents about 14% of the total electricity
demand by 2018.

The developments in Al-Ain region are concentrated in Sweihan, Dahma, and Al-Ain South West
zones. For the TRANSCOs best-view planned transfers, the cumulative demand requirement of
Al-Ain region is expected to reach about 2.5GW which represents about 12.5% of the total
electricity demand by 2018.


4.2 Generation Background

The production of electricity and the desalinated water are dominated by the large-scale operators
using conventional technologies such as gas turbines and thermal desalination. To meet the above-
mentioned demand background, the existing power generation plants contribute about 12GW (as
on 2010) of capacity. The following are the major new committed generation projects identified to
date which are expected to be integrated into the main bulk transmission grid during the period
2011-2020:
Shuweihat S2 (~1.62GW) and Shuweihat S3 (~1.65GW) combined cycle fossil fuel plants
located adjacent to the existing Shuweihat S1 site in the Al Gharbia region.
Shuweihat S2 is integrated to transmission network and operational in 2011.
The Braka site in the Gharbia region has been identified to promote nuclear generation of total
capacity 5.6GW by 2020. Generator units of 1400MWe are expected to be integrated to the
transmission system.

A number of committed renewable generation projects have also been identified to date and these
are expected to be integrated into the 220kV transmission network. These include:
Shams-1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a maximum installed capacity of 110MW
at a facility located south of Madinat Zayed in the Gharbia region.
Nour-1 photovoltaic solar power (PV) plant with a maximum installed capacity of 100MW at a
potential facility in Al-Ain region.





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The above generation projects contribute an additional capacity of about 9.5GW by 2020, among
other potential new generation additions (e.g. relocation of Al Zawra gas turbines to Mirfa site,
Masdar hydrogen plant at Shuweihat).

To satisfy the emerging gap between the demand and generation outlook, and ensure sufficient
generation margin is available from 2013, following assumptions have been considered in line
with the 2011 ADWEC Statement of Future Capacity Requirements:
Procuring IWPP peak capacity in excess of PWPA contracted capacity to the extent of about
200MW for the period 2013-2016.
Availability of FEWA reserve stand-by capacity to the extent of about 700MW for the period
2013-2016.

It should be recognized that the actual commitment to the new conventional generation capacity
takes place on a shorter time scale (about 4 years) to close the emerging gap. Figure 4-2 shows the
demand-generation background for the period 2010-2018. Attachment-A (Table-A8) includes the
detailed summary of generation capacity expansion plan assumed for the TRANSCOs best-view
planned transfers for the period 2010-2018.













Figure 4-2 Demand-generation background for the period 2010-2018.
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Installed Gen Capacity (Existing) Committed Gen Capacity 22.5GW Scenario (16GW by 2018)
32.5GW Scenario (18.5GW by 2018) 20GW Intermediate Scenario (20GW by 2018) 38.5GW Scenario (24GW by 2018)
Global demand growth rate (2010-2018)
ADWEC's 22.5GW scenario = 9.2%
ADWEC's 32.5GW scenario = 11.9%
20GW Intermediate scenario = 13.1%
ADWEC's 38.5GW scenario = 16.1%





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To meet the TRANSCOs best view planned transfers after Shuweihat S3 generation; there is a
need to integrate an additional major new generation into the transmission system from 2015. In
addition to Taweela-C option (in Eastern region), there are two other potential generation sites
options available. These are Al Mirfa (in Gharbia region) and Hamria/Ras Al Khaimah
(in Northern Emirates). While the need to utilize all of the above three generation sites could be
possible in the long-term, nevertheless one of the above-mentioned generation sites is considered
to be the most likely next generation site to satisfy the demand-supply gap and the emerging gap
between the identified generation capacity and the required generation capacity upto 2020. 400kV
transmission reinforcement is required across Shamkha-Sweihan corridor common for all the three
potential generation site options in addition to the generation integration works required at their
respective generation sites. For the potential generation site option at Mirfa (in Gharbia region)
only, major 400kV transmission reinforcement is required within the Gharbia region and across the
West-East corridor to evacuate power generation from the Gharbia region.



Some of the existing generation plants are expected to retire during the period 2017-2020. These
are located at Mirfa (186MW), Umn Al Nar (778MW), Al-Ain Power Station (256MW) and
Madinat Zayed Power Station (109MW). The available capacity off-set due to the closure of above
existing generation will be about 1.3GW by 2020. To compensate for the expected generation
retirements, there could be a possibility to locate some new generation capacity (of the order of
1GW) either by re-developing the existing Umn Al Nar (UAN) plant site (in Eastern region close
to Abu Dhabi Island) or locate some new generation capacity close to Sweihan (in Al-Ain region).
In either case, no major 400kV transmission reinforcement works are required as the
existing/planned main bulk transmission infrastructure by 2020 in UAN and Sweihan has
sufficient transmission capability to evacuate the above generation.



Attachment-F includes a brief description of major existing generation plants and planned
committed generation projects.










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5.0 Planned Transfers

The requirements for the transmission system development and its associated investments are
primarily driven by the demand and generation backgrounds and the resulting power transfers on
the transmission system. There are uncertainties associated with the demand and generation
backgrounds as with any forecasts and plans. These uncertainties will affect future planned power
transfers on the transmission system and hence the way the transmission system develops. Using
the scenarios developed, the planned power transfers on the transmission system are established
for the most probable demand-generation scenarios envisaged during the period 2010-2018 and
ensure consistency with the long-term approach. Envelopes of possible transfers are established
and the most likely (best-view) planned power transfers are identified across each of the
transmission corridors that is used as a basis to inform how best to develop the transmission
system. The approach adopted in the 7YPS in establishing the envelope of possible transfers and
planned transfers taking into account the following considerations:
Different demand forecast scenarios namely 22.5GW scenario (i.e. 16GW by 2018),
intermediate scenario (i.e. 20GW by 2018) and 38.5GW scenario (i.e. 24GW by 2018).
Different locational development of next possible generation (Mirfa, Taweela-C, Hamria) to
meet the above demands from 2014/2015 through to 2018 after Shuweihat S3 generation.

Figure 5-1 shows the envelope of possible transfers and the best-view planned transfers across the
five identified boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background during the period
2010-2018. It also shows the transfer capability (represented in blue text) across the identified
boundary corridors for the peak demand-generation background in 2010.
The main features of the fan diagrams across the five identified boundary corridors are:
a) The transfers across the Gharbia-Eastern region corridor are the sum of the transfers from the
Gharbia region to the Eastern region and from the Gharbia region to Al-Ain region. During the
period 2010-2018, the most likely demand in the Gharbia region is expected to increase from
0.8GW to about 3.1GW mainly attributed to the industrial growth. The scheduled generation in
the region is assumed to rise significantly from 1.5GW to about 8.4GW due to high volumes of
new generation seeking connection in the area. Consequently, the best-view planned transfer
across this boundary is expected to reach about 5GW by 2018.




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Figure 5-1 Envelope of possible transfers and best-view planned transfers for period 2010-2018

b) The transfers across the Northern Emirates-other regions corridor are the sum of the transfers
from the Northern Emirates to the Eastern region and from the Northern Emirates to Al-Ain
region. During the period 2010-2018, the most likely demand in the Northern Emirates is
expected to increase from 1.5GW to about 5GW. The scheduled generation in the region is
assumed to rise significantly from 1.7GW to about 3GW. Consequently, the best-view planned
transfer across this boundary is expected to reach about 2GW by 2018.
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c) The transfers across the Eastern region-other regions include transfers from the Eastern region
to Abu Dhabi Islands, plus Eastern region to Al-Ain region, minus Gharbia region to Eastern
region, minus Northern Emirates to Eastern region. During the period 2010-2018, the most
likely demand in the Eastern region is expected to increase from 2.5GW to about 6GW. The
scheduled generation in the region is assumed to rise significantly from 5GW to about 8GW.
Consequently, the best-view planned transfer across this boundary is expected to increase to
2GW in 2018.
d) The transfers to the Abu Dhabi Islands are from the Eastern region. The Abu Dhabi Islands
region constitutes Abu Dhabi Island, Reem, Suwa and Sadiyat Islands. During the period 2010-
2018, the most likely demand in the Abu Dhabi Islands is expected to increase from 1.7GW to
about 3GW. There is no generation in this region. Hence, the best-view planned transfer across
this boundary is expected to meet the demands in the region.
e) The transfers to the Al-Ain region are from other regions namely from the Eastern and Gharbia
regions and Northern Emirates. During the period 2010-2018, the most likely demand in the
Al-Ain region is expected to increase from 1.6GW to about 2.5GW. The scheduled generation
in the region is assumed to rise from about 0.25GW to about 0.4GW. Consequently, the best-
view planned transfer across this boundary is expected to be about 2GW.














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6.0 Evolution and Performance of Transmission Network

This chapter presents the evolution of 400kV, 220kV and 132kV transmission system within the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi and, where appropriate, TRANSCO network outside of the authorized area
up to 2018. A brief description of its impact on the transmission system performance and network
management issues are presented.

6.1 Evolution of Transmission Network
The evolution of the transmission network is based on the best-view planned transfers. The
evolution of the main bulk transmission network is consistent with the long-term network
development strategy. Figure 6-1 shows the existing TRANSCO main bulk 400kV transmission
network (as on end 2010) spread across the five regions (Gharbia region, Eastern region, Abu
Dhabi Islands, Al-Ain region and Northern Emirates).












Figure 6-1 TRANSCO existing main bulk 400kV transmission network (as on end 2010).
2010 Best View (30GW)
Al-Ain South West
Dahma
Sweihan
Mussafah
Shahama
Warsan
Dhaid
Ras Al Khaimah
Madinat Zayed
Shuweihat
Qidfa
SAS Al Nakheel
Beach
Al Qurm
ADST
Reem
Sadiyat
SASN
Taweela
400kV grid station
New 400kV grid station
400kV Tower
(double circuit)
New 400kV Tower
(double circuit)
400kV Cable
Single Circuit
New 400kV Cable
Single Circuit
Single 400kV
Overhead Line Circuit
400kV grid station associated with the Power Plant
To Abu Dhabi Islands




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Attachment-B (Figure-B1 to Figure-B16) shows the detailed 400kV, 220kV and 132kV
transmission network diagrams that include the existing, current on-going projects and new
planned projects for the period 2011-2018 for the best-view planned transfers. It should be noted
that the reference date for inclusion of any new asset expected to be integrated into the
transmission network is the summer peak of the respective year. Accordingly, the network diagram
shows those assets included in that year. However, if any asset is expected to commission and
integrated into the transmission network later after the summer peak of that year is included in the
network diagram shown in the following year.

2011-2015

Major committed 400kV transmission system expansion projects are expected to be completed
during the period 2011-2015 to meet the system needs and to accommodate committed new
generation projects.


The 400kV transmission facilities from the existing Shuweihat Power Station is capable of
evacuating power from both Shuweihat S1 & S2 generation (total about 3.2GW) to meet the
demand requirements in the Gharbia region and exports to the Abu Dhabi Region. To evacuate
power generation from the committed Shuweihat S3 generation (about 1.65GW), a new 400kV
grid station is planned within the Shuweihat S3 plant site. A new 400kV grid station is also
planned at Braka in 2015 to facilitate the integration of the nuclear power plant in 2017/2018. The
400kV West-East corridor reinforcements ensure an integrated approach to evacuating power from
S3 and Braka while meeting demands in the Western region.

New 400kV grid stations and related 400kV overhead line works are expected to be integrated to
the transmission network to meet the respective regions demand requirements. These are
400/220kV grid stations in Ruwais and Bab (in Gharbia region); 400/220kV grid station in ICAD
and 400/132kV grid stations in Bahia, Mahawi and Shamkha regions (in Eastern region); and
400/132kV grid stations in Ajman, Sharjah and New Fujairah City (in Northern Emirates).
A new 400kV grid station and related 400kV overhead line works at Sila has been completed in
2011 as part of the UAE plan to integrate with the GCC grid. A new 400kV grid station and related
400kV overhead line works are planned to facilitate increased interconnection with Oman grid.




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400kV XLPE underground cables projects along the Abu Dhabi Island-Sadiyat-Bahia corridor
and Sas Al Nakheel-Mahawi-Mussafah corridor have been initiated to enable the policy decision to
dismantle the 400kV overhead lines along the said corridor.
In the Attachment-B, figures-B1 to B5 (400kV & 220kV network) and figures B9 to B13 (132kV
network) show the evolution of transmission network for the period 2011-2015 for the best-view
planned transfers.
Figure 6-2 shows the expected 400kV transmission network configuration by 2015 to meet the best
view planned transfers. The configuration assumes Taweela-C (in Eastern region) in 2015 as the
next new potential generation site after Shuweihat S3 generation.












Figure 6-2 Expected main bulk 400kV transmission network configuration by 2015.

2015 Best View (30GW)
Al-Ain
South West
Dahma
Sweihan
Mussafah
Shahama
Warsan
Dhaid
Ras Al Khaimah
Ajman
Madinat Zayed
Shuweihat
New
Fujairah City
To Salwa 400kV Grid
Station (KSA)
Sharjah Qidfa
Sila
Ruwais
Bab
ICAD
Mahawi
Bahia Al Wasit Area
(Sultanate of Oman)
Shamkha
SAS Al Nakheel
Beach
Al Qurm
ADST
Reem
Sadiyat
Bahia
SASN
Taweelah
400kV Grid Station
New 400kV Grid Station
400kV Tower
(double circuit)
New 400kV Tower
(double circuit)
400kV Cable
Single Circuit
New 400kV Cable
Single Circuit
Single 400kV
Overhead Line Circuit
Power Plant
Braka




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To meet the TRANSCOs best view planned transfers, after Shuweihat S3 generation; there is a
need to integrate an additional major new generation into the transmission system from 2015. In
addition to Taweela-C option (in Eastern region), there are two other potential generation sites
options available. These are Al Mirfa (in Gharbia region) and Hamria/Ras Al Khaimah
(in Northern Emirates). While the need to utilize all of the above three generation sites could be
possible in the long-term, nevertheless one of the above-mentioned generation sites is considered
to be the most likely next generation site to satisfy the demand-supply gap and the emerging gap
between the identified generation capacity and the required generation capacity upto 2020.
Figure 6-3 shows the sensitivity of these alternate generation sites on the expected 400kV network
configuration in 2015.













Figure 6-3 Sensitivity of generation site options on transmission network in 2015.

2015 Best View (30GW)
Al-Ain
South West
Dahma
Sweihan
Mussafah
Shahama
Warsan
Dhaid
Ras Al Khaimah
Ajman
Madinat Zayed
Shuweihat
New
Fujairah City
To Salwa 400kV Grid
Station (KSA)
Sharjah Qidfa
Sila
Ruwais
Bab
ICAD
Mahawi
Bahia Al Wasit Area
(Sultanate of Oman) Shamkha
SAS Al Nakheel
Beach
Al Qurm
ADST
Reem
Sadiyat
Bahia
SASN
Taweela- P.S
Taweela-C generation option
Braka
TANE
Hamria generation option
Mirfa generation option
400kV Grid Station
New 400kV Grid Station
400kV Tower
(double circuit)
New 400kV Tower (double circuit) for Taweela-C/Hamria generation option
400kV Cable
Single Circuit
Single 400kV
Overhead Line Circuit
Power Plant
New 400kV Tower (double circuit) for Mirfa generation option
Common works required
for all three generation
site options




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As shown in Figure 6-3, 400kV transmission reinforcement is required across Shamkha-Sweihan
corridor which is common for all the three potential generation site options in addition to the
generation integration works required at their respective generation sites. Only for the potential
generation site option at Mirfa (in Gharbia region), major 400kV transmission reinforcement is
required within the Gharbia region and across the West-East corridor to evacuate power generation
from the Gharbia region. If the next potential generation site is located along the coast-line in Ras
Al Khaimah (in Northern Emirates), the only difference is in the generation integration works
between the Hamria and Ras Al Khaimah option; and that there would be a requirement for the
reinforcement of the existing 400kV grid station at Ras Al Khaimah and related 400kV OHL
works terminating to the grid station.

2016-2018

Major 400kV transmission reinforcements works are required within Western region and across
West-East corridor to evacuate power from the Braka Nuclear Power Plants. There is a need to
establish new intermediate 400kV grid station at some point in the Eastern region (e.g. Hameem
Junction near ICAD/Mussafah) not only to facilitate large volumes of power transfers across West-
East corridor but also strengthen the overall 400kV transmission system.
In the Attachment-B, figures-B6 to B8 (400kV & 220kV network) and figures B14 to B16 (132kV
network) show the evolution of transmission network for the period 2016-2018 for the best-view
planned transfers.
Figure 6-4 shows the expected 400kV transmission network configuration by 2018 to meet the best
view planned transfers.









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Figure 6-4 Expected main bulk 400kV transmission network configuration by 2018.

Attachment-C (Figure-C1 to Figure-C32) includes detailed forecast power flows on the
transmission system in PSS/E format for the valid peak and off-peak load conditions.
Attachment-D (Table-D1 to Table-D4) includes the three-phase and single-phase fault levels for
each electricity transmission node for valid network conditions for the best-view planned transfers.



2020 Best View (30GW)
Al-Ain
South West
Dahma
Sweihan
Mussafah
Shahama
Warsan
Dhaid
Ras Al Khaimah
Madinat Zayed
To Salwa 400kV grid
Station (KSA)
Sharjah Qidfa
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Taweela
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6.2 System Performance and Network Management
The main highlights of the system performance and network management issues are as follows:

a) TANE 400kV grid station is connected by 2x400kV overhead line circuits. Therefore, there is
a need to constrain some generation at TANE power station during maintenance period. This
constrain could be eliminated either by adopting improved overhead line maintenance practice
(e.g. live-line maintenance) or reinforce TANE 400kV grid station with additional 400kV OHL
circuits. Historically the mitigation plan is linked into the development of Taweela-C generation.
Otherwise, the economic case for reinforcing the TANE 400kV grid station with additional 400kV
OHL circuits appears weak.

b) High 400kV fault levels are expected at 400kV bus in Taweela Power Station from 2012.
Splitting the 400kV system in Abu Dhabi Island i.e. opening 400kV cable circuits between ADST-
E19 or splitting 400kV bus at Taweela Power Station among other options are available to manage
the 400kV fault levels within acceptable levels.

c) High 132kV fault levels are expected in certain pockets of Abu Dhabi Island and Sas Al
Nakheel/ Umn Al Nar (SASN/UAN) Zone. The impact of UAN plant lifetime extension is that the
132kV fault levels at Umn Al Nar, Sas Al Nakheel, Salt & Chlorine and Khalifa Park exceed their
switchgear rating under certain operating conditions when generation at both Umn Al Nar and Sas
Al Nakheel Power Stations run at the same time. The mitigation plan is to manage the 132kV fault
levels within acceptable limits by adopting one or more measures such as splitting the 132kV
system, de-coupling the 220kV network at UAN, limit the generation connected to UAN 132kV
switchgear among other options until the existing generation at UAN Power Station retires.

d) Under certain network operating conditions, the single-phase 132kV fault levels are high at
certain downstream 132kV substations in SASN/UAN and Qidfa (QDFA) Zones. TRANSCO has
plans to install neutral grounding reactors (NGRs) at 132kV neutrals of 400/132kV 500MVA
transformers at the SASN and QDFA 400/132kV grid stations by 2014. To manage the 132kV
fault levels in SASN/UAN Zone during the interim period is to adopt one of the mitigation plans
described in Item-c above. The mitigation plan in QDFA Zone is to place restriction on Fujairah
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e) Currently the supplies to Shamkha area are non-firm which are fed by 220/33kV mobile
stations. These non-firm supplies are expected to be cleared after the establishment of Shamkha
400/132kV grid station and related 132kV downstream substations in 2014/2015.

f) The Raha-A 132/22kV substation (RBAA) in Raha Beach area is fed by a single 132kV cable
circuit during the interim period 2011-2013. For 132kV incoming cable circuit outage during this
interim period, ADDC have to transfer those loads to RBBB 132/22kV substation through 22kV
network as there is enough upstream capacity to accommodate the transferred loads. This
arrangement is expected to be active till Bahia 400/132kV grid station is established (planned in
2013) which provides main upstream supply source for RBAA and RBBB 132/22kV substations.
Further more ADDC has confirmed that all completed developments within Raha Beach area are
supplied from Raha-B 132/22kV substation (RBBB) and therefore there is no risk of loss of supply
for the customers in the area for a fault on 132kV cable circuit connected to RBAA.

g) The 132kV switchgear of the old Mushrif 132/11kV (W24) substation will remain in operation
to maintain the interconnection with Mussafah 132/11kV substation (4x40MVA) to comply with
security of supply at Mussafah for N-1 contingency. This arrangement will remain active till
Mahawi 400/132kV grid is commissioned (planned in 2014) and that the existing Musssafah
132/11kV is transferred to Mahawi zone.

h) Table 6-1 shows the existing 220kV overhead line transmission capability at BAB, BUHASA
and ASAB. The indicated capability is expected to be active till such time the 400/220kV grid
station is established in BAB (planned in 2014) and that the 220kV reinforcement works in
BAB/ASAB areas are completed (planned in 2014). During the interim period the existing
ADNOC generation will have to meet any such additional demand requirements at the above
supply points.

Table 6-1 Existing 220kV overhead line capability (MW) at BAB, BUHASA and ASAB.
Available 220kV capability (MW) until planned
reinforcement works are established for ADNOC Group
Network Condition
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i) After establishing the ICAD 400/220kV grid station 220kV cable/OHL network re-arrangement
is planned between MGIC and Mussafah Steel (MOSF) 220kV grid stations to comply with the
security standards. During the period 2012-2015, there is a need to open the low voltage side of the
400/220kV transformers at ICAD/Mussafah to limit the 220kV fault levels and control the 220kV
power flows in Mussafah area within acceptable limits. Also, there is a need to manage the 220kV
arrangement in Watbha/Mahawi area to ensure supplies are secured till Mahawi 400/132kV grid
station is established (planned in 2014).

j) TRANSCO is currently exploring technology options of adopting higher rating overhead line
conductors for increased power transfers across certain sections of the transmission corridors
(e.g. West-East corridor, ICAD-Mussafah corridor), increased use of XLPE cables in areas of high
amenity value at voltages up to 400kV and the application of static and dynamic reactive power
compensation in the system. TRANSCO wishes to addresses these among others issues by gaining
better understanding of the risks and constraints in the network and will be subject of future
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7.0 Asset Management
The transmission network is comparatively young. However, there will be requirements for assets
approaching the end of their useful lives to be managed and replaced at an appropriate time. Asset
management process improvements are required to capture the knowledge to build only what
needed. Integrated outage management and risk assessment needs to be considered for improved
operational efficiency. Maintenance practices and resource management processes shall be
programmed and managed innovatively to better position the transmission network for next 20
years of operation and maintenance.

It should be noted that TRANSCO recent management practice is to move towards achieving
PAS55 requirements. This is to be achieved through a structured asset management process that
takes cognizance of best practice asset management principles for the development and
stewardship of the transmission network and requirements for capital assurance governance. The
PASS55 framework includes policies, procedures and processes for managing the asset base and
also embraces continuous improvement - an aspect important to TRANSCO as it seeks to better
understand its assets to identify the short- and long-term replacement requirements. As part of the
PASS55 process and the associated need of a long term network development strategy,
consideration has not only been given to the requirements of the transmission system to
accommodate load growth but also to the requirements to replace assets as they come to the end of
their useful life or where there performance or technologies employed result in inefficiency.

In the short to medium term, the average total forecast replacement expenditure is expected to be
less than 1% of the total load-related expenditure for the next five years. The asset class that
contributes to the replacement expenditure is transformers, switchgear, protection and auxiliary
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8.0 Transmission System Capabilities and Opportunities

The network development plans and schemes discussed in the previous sections of the report
satisfies the most-likely best-view planned power transfers in different regions across the
transmission system associated with the range of demand and generation backgrounds. As a pre-
requisite of identifying opportunities, there is a need to understand the transmission system
capabilities. An assessment of the bulk transmission system capabilities gives an indication the
extent to which the system can accommodate the circumstances outside the chosen likely best view
planned transfers. It also provides an appreciation of opportunities available in the transmission
system to accommodate new generation and demand in different regions across the system.

In this Chapter, a commentary note is provided on the main bulk transmission system capabilities,
opportunities available for potential new generation connections, new connections (grid supply
points) related to the main interconnected transmission system and new demand connections (i.e.
at the interface demand supply points with the distribution network) upto 2018.


8.1 Main Bulk Transmission System Capabilities


The transfer capability across the boundary provides a broad appreciation of the overall capability
of the bulk transmission network to transport power. The transfer capability across a particular
boundary is the power flow across that boundary without causing any unacceptable conditions as a
result of Secured Event. Two types of system limitation relating to the transfer of power across a
boundary have been considered. The first relates to thermal limitation and the second voltage
limitation. The overall transfer capability across the boundary is the lower of the thermal (MW)
and voltage limitations. The transfer capability gives an indication of the maximum transfer across
the identified boundary that can be supported without contravening any of the unacceptable
conditions following a Secured Event.

Figures 8-1 to Figures 8-5 shows the transfer capabilities, envelope of likely transfers range and
the best-view planned transfers across the five identified boundary corridors. These capabilities are
assumed for specific generation pattern (assuming Taweela-C as the next potential generation
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Figure 8-1 shows the transfer capabilities across West-East corridor. The Western region is
considered to be the source, and other regions act as sink. For the period 2010-2018 transmission
reinforcements are required to cater for the committed generation and demand connections within
the Western region. The introduction of nuclear generation during 2017-2018 mandates
transmission reinforcements across the West-East corridor thereby increasing the planned transfers
and capabilities across the corridor at a similar rate. However, the rate of additional reinforcements
needed across the West-East corridor is dictated by either non-realization of major bulk industrial
demands within the Western region or due to policy change to provide additional export
requirements to the Northern Emirates by 2020 and beyond.














Figure 8-1 Transfer capabilities across West-East corridor.

Figure 8-2 shows the transfer capabilities across Northern Emirate-Abu Dhabi Emirate corridor.
The Northern Emirates is considered to be the source, and Abu Dhabi Emirate act as sink. During
the period 2010-2018, the existing transmission infrastructure across Northern Emirates-
Abu Dhabi Emirate corridor is sufficient to meet the import/export requirements of the region.
However, further investments are required to reinforce this corridor if the import/export
requirement of the region increases due to any policy change or additional new generation is
introduced in the Northern Emirates.

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Figure 8-2 Transfer capabilities across Northern Emirates-Abu Dhabi Emirate corridor

The transmission reinforcements planned across the bulk transmission corridors, Eastern region to
other regions (Figure 8-3) and Eastern region to Abu Dhabi Islands (Figure 8-4), and across Al-
Ain region-Other regions corridor (Figure 8-5) are optimized to provide enough capability to meet
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Figure 8-3 Transfer capabilities across Eastern-other region corridor
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Figure 8-4 Transfer capabilities across Eastern region-Abu Dhabi Islands corridor


















Figure 8-5 Transfer capabilities across Al Ain region-Other regions corridor
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8.2 Generation Connection Opportunities

The production of electricity and the desalinated of water are dominated by large-scale operators
using conventional technologies such as gas turbines and thermal desalination. The current demand
is met by these large-size power plants which are gas turbine based operating in various modes
including combined cycle and co-generation. These large-size power plants are located along the
coast-line in Taweela and Sas Al Nakheel/Umn Al Nar (in Eastern region), Shuweihat (Gharbia
region) and Fujairah-Qidfa (in Northern Emirates).

The generation capacity expansion plans and identification of potential new generation sites are
carried out by ADWEC/ADWEA Privatization Directorate. The ability to connect new potential
generation connections that requires the least electricity transmission reinforcement is the main
consideration given for the purpose of identifying the opportunities of this category. However,
other aspects such as technical, economical, environmental and the need for water production and
transmission among other policy directives are to be given due weighting in the selection of the
optimum generation site location.

Figure 8-6 shows the existing generation sites and capacity available; planned committed large
central generation capacity and future potential opportunities for the new generation connections
upto 2018/2020.

Following are the future potential opportunities for the new generation connections upto
2018/2020:

Sas Al Nakheel/Umn Al Nar (SASN/UAN) Eastern region
Due to the sites close proximity to the load centers in Abu Dhabi Islands and the future on shore
mega project developments and the availability of the existing transmission infrastructure, Umm
Al Nar (UAN) would be an ideal site on which to locate some generation capacity after the
proposed retirement of the existing UAN plant.

Al-Ain region
There is some potential power only in-land desert locations suitable for adding renewable
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considerations given to the environment. These could be located close to Sweihan/Al-Ain Power
Station area (in Al-Ain Region). The main benefit of these desert sites is their close proximity to
the load centers and availability of existing transmission facilities. Also, fossil fuel power station
near Sweihan is another possibility since it is close to the gas supply infrastructure, e.g. DELs
Taweela-Fujairah gas pipeline passes through this area.
















Figure 8-6 Potential new generation connection opportunities.

Fujairah Qidfa - Northern Emirates
The existing FEWA Fujairah site, located between the ADWEA Fujairah F1 and F2 power plants
was planned to be transferred to ADWEA as part of Asset Transfer Agreement. This site could
potentially be used for a future Fujairah F3 development. There will be no need to build new
transmission infrastructure to interconnect additional generation facilities at Fujairah Qidfa site as
there will be adequate transmission capability from the existing and planned transmission
infrastructure works from the site, subject to addressing environmental concerns.
Gharbia (Western Region)
Eastern Region
Abu Dhabi Islands
Northern Emirates
Braka
Nuclear Power Plant
5.6GW 3.2GW
1.6GW
Shuweihat S1/S2
(SCIPCO, RPC)
Shuweihat S3
Wind Farm (Masdar)
40MW
Taweela Area
(TAPCO, GTTPC, ECPC)
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Sweihan
Total Available Generation Capacity
by 2020
(includes only identified capacity as on Jan2011)
~20GW
Legend
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Planned Committed Generation Plant Site
Existing Renewable Generation Plant Site
Future Potential Generation Site Opportunities (Fossil fuel or other type)
Future Potential Renewable Generation Site Opportunities




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Ras Al Khaimah/Hamria - Northern Emirates
Given that the supply requirements of Northern Emirates may exceed 3GW by 2014, it may be
prudent to consider locating either fossil fuel or other generation types in the Northern Emirates, as
the future site expansion at or near the existing Fujairah site is limited.

Taweela Site Eastern region
The existing generation capacity available at Taweela site is about 4.6GW. This site could
potentially be used for a future Taweela-C development. However, the possibility of adding any
future capacity in Taweela site will be limited by the expected congestion arising due to the
location of Emirates Aluminum Plant (EMAL) and planned Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone
(KPIZ) and/or possible arise of security and environmental concerns. The long-term demand
requirements of KPIZ could potentially exceed 1GW. Locating additional capacity in Taweela area
will reduce the transmission infrastructure costs of KPIZ due to its close proximity to a major load
centre.

Al Mirfa Site Gharbia region
Al Mirfa site could be considered as a strategic and most favorable location for the future addition
of electricity and water capacity. This location is in close proximity to the major industrial load
centres (ADNOC Group loads in Mirfa, Bab & Buhasa) and also closer to the industrial load
centers of Eastern region and has potential to improve the overall transmission grid performance in
the long-term.

Potential for Renewable Additions in Gharbia and Eastern regions
There is huge potential for adding renewable at Madinat Zayed, Sila and Sir Baniyas Island in the
Gharbia region; and Masdar Green City in Eastern region. The main benefit of these desert sites is
their close proximity to the load centers and availability of existing transmission and distribution
infrastructure.











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8.3 Main Interconnected Transmission System Opportunities

The 400kV main transmission system interconnects all major electrical power stations and serves
various load centres (demand supply points) through 400/220kV and 400/132kV grid stations (grid
supply points). The opportunities at the grid supply points are assessed based on the expected
utilization on these grid stations to connect the potential new loads over and above the forecast
demand by 2018. Figure 8-7 and Figure 8-8 shows the quantities and utilization of the 400kV grid
stations which are expected to be interconnected to the main transmission network by 2018 for the
three demand forecast scenarios.













Figure 8-7 Expected quantities of 400kV grid stations by 2018.







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Figure 8-8 Utilization of 400kV grid stations in 2010 and 2018.

Users have good opportunities to connect their demand supply points at the following 400kV grid
supply points whose utilization is less than 50% by 2018:
Reem and Sadiyat grid stations in Abu Dhabi Islands region.
Bahia, Shamkha and Shahama grid stations in Eastern region.
Shuweihat grid station in Gharbia region.
Ajman and Fujairah City grid stations in Northern Emirates (only for 16GW Scenario).
Hameem Junction grid station (near ICAD/Mussafah) in Eastern region (only for 20GW
Scenario).
Zayed Sports City (in Abu Dhabi Island); Taweela/KPIZ (in Eastern region); and Al-Ain
Airport (in Al-Ain region) [only for 24GW Scenario).




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8.4 Demand Connection Opportunities


The electricity transmission system is essentially spread across five regions namely Abu Dhabi
Island, Eastern region, Gharbia region, Al-Ain region and Northern Emirates. Each of these
regions has its own network characteristics. In Abu Dhabi City and neighboring islands, the
principal sub-transmission voltage is 132kV. Both 220kV and 132kV sub-transmission voltage
levels are available in the Eastern region, whilst 220kV sub-transmission voltage level is
predominant in the Gharbia and Al-Ain regions. In high load density area of Abu Dhabi City,
direct transformation from 132kV to 11kV already exists. The 132kV to 22kV voltage level is
recently introduced for the new mega project developments in the neighboring Islands and Eastern
region within the vicinity of Abu Dhabi Island. The 132/11kV and 132/22kV substation capacity
are configured with 4x40MVA and 4x80MVA respectively. In the medium and low load density
areas of Eastern/Al-Ain regions and Gharbia region respectively, transformation from 220kV to
33kV exists. Most of the existing 220/33kV substation capacity is either 2x140MVA or
3x140MVA.
The opportunities at the demand supply exit points in Abu Dhabi Emirate are assessed based on
the expected utilization on these stations to connect the potential new loads over and above the
forecast demand by 2018. Figure 8-9 and Figure 8-10 shows the quantities and utilization of the
demand supply exit stations which are expected to be interconnected to the main transmission
network by 2018 for the three demand forecast scenarios.



























Figure 8-9 Expected quantities of demand supply exit stations by 2018.
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Figure 8-10 Utilization of demand supply exit stations in 2010 and 2018.

Users have good opportunities to further connect additional demands at the demand supply exit
points whose utilization is less than 50% by 2018 located in the following areas:
Reem, Sadiyat and Suwa Islands in Abu Dhabi Islands region.
Raha Beach, Mohamed Bin Zayed City/Mussafah, Shamkha, Al Falah, New Airport and
Ghantoot in Eastern region.
Al-Ain South West, Al-Ain Industrial City, Ain Al Faydha, Al Mukkam, Al Foah and Al-Ain
Power Station in Al-Ain region.
Green Head (W41), Marina Mall, Souq (E01), Danet (E40), E03, Corniche (E12), W59/02
(for 16GW scenario); Zayed Sports City, W24/02 and E25/02 (for 20GW and 24GW scenario)
in Abu Dhabi Island.
ICAD, Al Nahdha, Yas Island, Capital District, Samha (for 16GW scenario); and Khalifa (for
20GW scenario) in Eastern region.
Central and Gayathi (for 16GW scenario) in Gharbia region.
Ramah, Khazna, Mazyad, Al Wagon, Umn Al Oush and Al Mukkam (for 16GW scenario) in
Al-Ain region.
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Attachment-A contains the electricity demand forecast at the demand supply exit points for Year
2011-2018; and Attachment-B shows the electricity transmission network topology (400kV,
220kV and 132kV system) for Year 2011-2018. These Attachments gives further details on the
expected demand forecast at the demand supply exit points which provides opportunities (in terms
of location and timeline) available for the Discos or any other entity seeking the use of the
transmission system.

9.0 Capital Delivery

As explained in the previous chapters, the transmission system development requirements and
associated investments are driven by the demand and generation background and the resulting
power transfers on the transmission system. As there will continue to be a degree of uncertainty in
the realization of the volume, location and timing of demand and generation backgrounds in any
given area, the potential transmission reinforcement plans shall be established in a phased manner
and that the options are maintained at minimum cost to provide a least regret solution.

In view of the economic downturn and greater uncertainty in the development requirements; some
project proposals and schemes are evaluated with intent of optimizing the assets utilization taking
into account the potential risks. The risks could be if the demand does not materialize as expected
or if the demand comes early, project delays and its impact on network performance and security
of supply could result. Risk mitigation measures through various scenario/optioneering approaches
are built into the planning proposals by engaging relevant Stakeholders and Users in order to
achieve a consensus on the optimum balance of overall benefits/savings and risk trade-off.
Considering the current economic scenario, TRANSCO has already taken action in delaying some
planned assets or relocating elsewhere if the contracts already awarded. Hence, there is a
likelihood of potential deviations of some project proposals and schemes included in this 7YPS


Table 9-1 below provides a brief high-level summary of capital and replacement projects. These
include only the major on-going, currently under tendering process and new planned power
projects to meet the future demands and performance standards for the period 2012-2018. These
projects have been categorized according to their needs and drivers. Whilst some of these
identified seven year capital projects shall be initiated depending on their priority level and subject
to the receipt of approvals from relevant authorities, for others it is proposed to continue monitor
the developments of the market and update the plans accordingly.




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The detailed capital delivery and capital forecast for the on-going and planned power projects to
meet the future demands and performance standards including the replacement projects are
reported separately and released only to the RSB. In that report TRANSCO have taken the
opportunity to maintain the capital delivery transparency by presenting for regulatory review a
year-on-year view of planned and delivered capital performance.








S.N Project Description Category Connection Type Drivers/Needs Status Priority
1
400/220kV (3x500MVA) grid station and
220/33kV(2x3x100MVA) grid station at ICAD; and related
400kV and 220kV OHL interconnection works.
Load MITS/exit point
To meet the demand requirements of Emirates Steel, ICAD/Mussafah area and
relieve the loading on the existing Mussafah 400/220kV grid station.
R
2
400/132kV (3x500MVA) grid station each in Ajman and New
Fujairah City; and related 400kV OHL interconnection works.
Load MITS
3
132/33kV substation each in Sudah Port (3x100MVA) and Al
Hayl (2x100MVA); and related 132kV OHL interconnection
works.
Load Exit point
4
220kV GIS modification works at Madinat Zayed 400/220kV grid
Station.
-
Generation entry
point
To integrate Masdar CSP Shams-1 plant. R
5
Re arrangment of 220kV circuits between MGIC and Mussafah
Steel (MOSF).
Load MITS
To meet Emirates Steel phase-2 supply requirements; and comply with network
performance standards.
P
6
220kV cable works between Dahma - Zakher grid stations in Al
Ain Region.
Load MITS
To meet demand requirements in Al-Ain region and comply with network
performance standards.
R
7
220kV OHL works for ADCO's 1.8MMBD Projects in
Qusahwira.
Load Exit point To meet demand requirements of ADCOs 1.8MMBD Projects in Qusahwira. R
To meet the demand requirements of Northern Emirates and meet the statutory
obligations of ADWEA-FEWA Agreement.
R
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1 400kV cable works (2nd circuit) between ADST-Sadiyat. Load MITS
To increase power transfers and transfer capability between Abu Dhabi Islands'-
Bahia-Taweela corridor and enabling dismantling of 400kV OHL along the ADST-
Sadiyat corridor as per the policy.
R
2
400kV 2nd interconnection cable works between TANE-EMAL
Smelter.
Non-load MITS
To secure the back-up supplies during "Secured Event" conditions in EMAL
Smelter.
P
3
400/132kV grid station works in Bahia, and related 400kV OHL
works.
Load MITS
To provide upstream supply source for Bahia, Raha, Yas Island and Airport areas,
enabling ganging of 400kV OHL/cable circuits across Taweela-TANE-Bahia-
Sadiyat corridor and facilitate power evacuation from TANE generation.
R
4
220/33kV (2x140MVA) grid station at Ghantoot and related
220kV OHL works.
Load Exit point
To meet ADDC demand requirements in Ghantoot/Seih Al Sedaira
(Al Ghadeer).
R
5
132/33kV (3x100MVA) transformers and related 33kV
switchgear works at Taweela-A.
Load Exit point To meet initial demand requirements of Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone. R
6 220/33kV mobile station at Shamkha. Load Exit point
To meet the increasing demand requirements in Shamkha area until the
establishment of permanent supply source for the area.
P
7
220kV GIS works at Sanaiya for integrating Masdar Noor-1 PV
Solar Plant.
-
Generation entry
point
To facilitate integration of Masdar Noor-1 PV Solar Plant. P
8 3rd 220/33kV transformer works at Sila Load Exit point To meet ADDC additional demand requirements in the area. P
9
132/11kV substation and related 132kV cable works for Sir
Baniyas Island.
Load Exit point
To meet ADDC demand requirements in Sir Baniyas Island and facilitate
integration of Masdar Wind Farm.
R
10
400kV grid station at Shuweihat S3, and related 400kV OHL
works.
-
Generation entry
point
For S3 IWPP generation integration. R
11 400kV grid station at Ruwais, and related 400kV OHL works. Load MITS To meet Takreer demand requirements in Ruwais Industrial Area. R
12
132kV substation and related 132kV OHL works at Khorfakkan,
Dadnah, Dibba, Tawyeen and Kalba.
Load Exit points
To meet the demand requirements in the mentioned areas and support the export
commitments agreed between ADWEA and FEWA.
R
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13
132/11kV substation and related 132kV cable works at E12, E03,
E25/02 and ADNEC; and Presidential Palace (Ras Al Akdar) in
Abu Dhabi Island.
Load Exit points
a) The need for E12 132/11kV substation is to meet ADDC demand requirements
in the area and facilitate transfer of loads of existing CHP (33/11kV) substation
loads as per ADDC plan to phase out 33kV system in Abu Dhabi Island. b) The
need for E03 132/11kV substation is to relieve loading on the existing E04
132/11kV substation (MDZD), meet the demand requirements in the area and
facilitate transfer of loads of existing E4-1 (33/11kV) substation loads as per
ADDC plan to phase out 33kV system in Abu Dhabi Island. c) The need for
E25/02 132/11kV substation is to meet ADDC demand requirements in the area
and relieve loading on existing E25 132/11kV substation. d) The need for
132/11kV substations in ADNEC and Ras Al Akdar is to meet the demand
requirements in the respective areas.
R
14
132/22kV substation and related 132kV cable works at New
Airport and Capital District in Eastern region.
Load Exit point
To meet the demand requirements of Airport and Capital District area. Also, it is
expected that the demands in Mafraq area as well are planned to be supplied from
Capital District 132kV substation.
R
15
132/22kV (4x80MVA) substations and related 132kV cable
works in Falah area.
Load Exit point
To meet the demand requirements of Al Falah Community and in the vicinity area
of Shamkha.
R
16
132kV cable interconnection works between Yas Island and Bahia
132kV substations
Load Exit point To meet permanent and secure supplies to Yas Island 132/22kV substation. R
17
132/11kV (4x40MVA) substation and related 132kV cable works
in Khalifa-C.
Load Exit point To meet ADDC demand requirements in Khalifa and vicinity area. P
18 132/11kV mobile station at M12. Load Exit point To meet the initial urgent demand requirements loads in Musaffah M12 area. P
1
400kV cable works between Bahia and Sadiyat grid stations
(3 circuits).
Load MITS R
2
400kV OHL modification works between TANE/Taweela Power
Station and Bahia grid station.
Load MITS R
To increase power transfers and transfer capability between Abu Dhabi Islands'-
Bahia-Taweela corridor and enable dismantling 400kV OHL along the ADST-
Sadiyat-Bahia corridor.
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3 400/132kV(3x500MVA) grid station in Mahawi. Load MITS R
4
400kV cable works between Sas Al Nakheel and Mahawi
(2 circuits); and between Mahawi and Mussafah (3 circuits).
Load MITS R
5
3rd 400/132kV 500MVA transformer and grid station
reinforcement works in Sas Al Nakheel.
Load MITS
To meet the demand requirements in SASN Zone and alleviate capacity shortfall in
SASN 400/132kV grid station.
P
6
400/220kV grid station in Oman (Wasit) and related 400kV
overhead line works between Wasit and Sweihan.
Load MITS
Currently, the existing 220kV OHL interconnection from Al Foah 220kV grid
station (AOHG) to Mahadha 220kV grid station (in Al-Wasit area Oman) is limited
to the maximum exchange about 170MW (for N-1 condition). This is because of
the internal OETC network limitations mainly attributed to the risk of voltage
collapse due to the weakness of its 132kV network. As per EDF study (in Yr 2008),
even with some reinforcements on Oman side, the 220kV interconnection link
between U.A.E and Oman would still remain very weak link. The need to establish
400/220kV grid station in Oman is to alleviate the above limitation and facilitate
larger power exchange between UAE-Oman.
P
7
220/33kV(3x120MVA) grid stations and related 220kV overhead
line/cable works in Maqam and Ain Al Faydha in Al-Ain region.
Load Exit points
To meet AADC demand requirements in Maqam and Ain Al Fydha in Al-Ain
region.
P
8
220/33kV(3x120MVA) grid station at Al-Ain Power House; and
220/33kV (2x140MVA+3x120MVA) at Zakher and related
220kV cable works in Al-Ain region.
Load Exit points
To meet AADC demand requirements in Al-Ain Power House and Zakher area.
The need for new Zakher grid station is to alleviate restrictions on transformer
loading, meet expected demand growth and the stage-wise replacement of existing
Zakher grid station. The need for new 220/33kV grid station at Al-Ain Power
House is to alleviate restrictions on transformer loading, meet expected demand
growth and facilitate decommissioning of Al-Ain Power Station after 2016.
P
9
3rd 220/33kV(140MVA) transformer in Maziyad 220/33kV grid
station.
Load Exit point
To alleviate capacity shortfall in Maziyad 220/33kV grid station and meet the
increasing demand requirements in the area.
P
10
400/220/33kV (3x500MVA) grid station and related 400kV and
220kV overhead line works in Bab.
Load MITS To meet ADNOC group demands in Bab area. P
11
400kV overhead line works between Ruwais and Bab grid
stations.
Load MITS
To facilitate power evacuation from Shuweihat S3 generation and enhance the
transfer capability across Gharbia-Eastern region corridor.
P
a) To meet ADDC demand requirements in Mahawi area. b) Facilitate transfer of
Mussafah and M12 132/11kV substations to Mahawi Zone. c) Enabling
establishment of 132kV network in Mahawi and Watbha area consistent with the
voltage policy and to meet Abu Dhabi Government strategic plans to expand the
urban environment of the Abu Dhabi City to include Mahawi area. d) Enabling
dismantling 400kV and 220kV OHL along SASN-Mahawi-Mussafah corridor.
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220kV switching station in Asab and related 220kV overhead line
works(400kV design) between Bab, Asab Switching station and
Shah.
Load MITS To meet ADNOC group demands in Shah and Asab. P
13
400/132kV (3x500MVA) grid station and related 400kV overhead
line works in Sharjah.
Load MITS To meet the demand requirements in Sharjah area. P
14
132/11kV (4x40MVA) substation in Mussafah M12, 132/33kV
(3x120MVA) substation in Nahdha and related 132kV cable
works.
Load Exit points To meet ADDC demand requirements in Mussafah and Nahdha area. P
14
132/33kV substations in Mahawi (4x120MVA), Wathba
(3x120MVA); 132/22kV substation(4x80MVA) in Mohammed
bin Zayed; and related 132kV cable works.
Load Exit points
To meet ADDC demand requirements in Mahawi, Wathba and Mohammed Bin
Zayed City areas.
R
1
400kV cable works (3rd circuit) between ADSTand Sadiyat grid
stations.
Load MITS
To alleviate overloading on 400kV cable circuits between ADST-Sadiyat. These
works are subject to feasbility of obtaining route/corridor along the Section.
P
2
400/220kV grid station works, related 400kV overhead line works
for integrating Taweelah-C generation.
Load
Generation entry
point and MITS
To integrate new generation from Taweela-C subject to confirmation from
ADWEA Privatization Directorate/ADWEC and/or provide supply source for
Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ). The need for providing supply source for
KPIZ will be subject to updated ADWEC/ADDC demand forecast review for the
area in 2012/2013.
C
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400/132kV(3x500MVA) grid station and related 400kV overhead
line works in Shamka.
Load MITS
a) Enabling establishment of 132kV network in the eastern portion of the Abu
Dhabi Mainland consistent with the voltage policy and to meet Abu Dhabi
Government strategic plans to expand the urban environment of the Abu Dhabi
City to include Shamkha area.
b) Avoiding short term investments that would have been required to reinforce the
existing 220kV network to eliminate the current network arrangement that is non-
compliant with TRANSCOs security of supply License obligations and its
associated loss of supply risk as a result of supplying loads by non-secure mobile
220/33kV substations.
c) Increase the strength of 400kV system backbone by establishing a new
intermediate grid station to gang the circuits together at some point in the Abu
Dhabi area to improve the voltage profile and stability in the Al Ain area.
d) Enabling additional transmission corridors between the 400kV system backbone
and expected load center in Abu Dhabi main land as the capacity of the current
Mussafah-SASN corridor is limited.
e) Enabling the establishment of permanent downstream 132kV substations to meet
ADDC supply requirements in Shamkha area and in its vicinity.
P
4
400kV grid station works in Braka to integrate nuclear power
plant and related 400kV overhead line works (i.e. turn-in 400kV
OHL works of Shuweihat S3-Sila into Braka 400kV grid station).
Load
Generation entry
point
To facilitate start-up operations of Braka nuclear power plant and integrate phased
nuclear power generation at Braka from 2017.
P
5
220kV cable works for Emirates Steel Phase-3/4 (i.e. to provide
power supply to new 220kV grid station (MOSF-2).
Load MITS To meet the phase-3/4 demand requirements of Emirates Steel extension. C
6
220kV grid station works in Mirfa Power Station for integrating
Al Zawra Gas Turbines.
Load
Generation entry
point
To integrate new generation from relocated Al Zawra gas turbines which is
currently on "HOLD" subject to confirmation from ADWEA Privatization
Directorate.
R
7
132/11kV (4x40MVA) substation and related 132kV cable works
in sector W24/02 in Abu Dhabi Island.
Load Exit point
To meet the demand requirements in W24 Sector and vicinity area. The need and
initiation of this demand supply point will be reviewed and subject to actual
utilization of the existing 132/11kV substations in 2015; updated demand forecast
review for the area and justified by ADDC.
C
8
132/22kV (4x80MVA) substation in Shamkha Housing;
132/33kV (3x120MVA) in Shamkha; and related 132kV cable
works.
Load Exit points
To provide firm and secure supplies in Shamka area (currently being supplied by
220/33kV mobile stations) and meet the ADDC demand requirements in Shamkha
and Shamkha Housing area.
P
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132kV cable works interconnecting Reem Island - Abu Dhabi
Island.
Load MITS
To optimize utilization of existing 400/132kV grid stations in Abu Dhabi Island
(ADST, E19, E48) and 400/132kV grid station in Reem Island and thereby improve
the effectiveness and efficiency of assets. The need and initiation of these 132kV
interconnection works will be reviewed and subject to actual utilization of existing
400/132kV grid stations in Abu Dhabi Island in 2013 and updated demand
forecast.
P
1
400kV grid station modification works at Shuweihat S3 and
related 400kV cable works for integrating HPAD generation.
Load
Generation entry
point
To integrate HPAD generation; subject to confirmation from ADWEA
Privatization Directorate/ADWEC and MASDAR.
C
2 4th 400/132kV (500MVA) transformer at Mahawi grid station. Load MITS
To provide secure supplies to Mahawi area. The need and initiation to introduce
additional 4th 400/132kV 500MVA transformer at Mahawi or establish a new
400/132kV grid station in the area will be subject to demand forecast update review
of Mahawi zone at an appropriate time before initiating the same.
C
3
400kV switching station at Hameem Junction
(near Mussafah).
Load MITS
To gang the planned 400kV OHL circuits across the Gharbia-Eastern region
corridor. The requirements to establish the switching stations will be dictated by: a)
Restrictions arising in connecting new 400kV OHL circuits to grid stations around
Hameem Junction (i.e. ICAD or Mussafah) and/or.
b) Necessity to meet new expected industrial demands in the vicinity of Hameem
Junction area.
C
4
400kV overhead line works between Braka-Ruwais; and Ruwais-
Hameem.
Load MITS
To accommodate power evacuation from Braka nuclear plant and increase the
power transfer capability from Gharbia to Eastern region.
C
5
132kV cable works between Mahawi 400/132kV grid station and
Capital District 132/22kV substation.
Load MITS
To facilitate transfer of Capital District 132/22kV substation from SASN to
Mahawi grid zone; create flexibility by establishing 132kV normal open link points
to cater for the load transfers between the above-mentioned grid zones; and provide
opportunity for connection of new demand supply points to SASN 400/132kV grid
station zone.
C
6
132/11kV (4x40MVA) substation and related 132kV cable works
in Khalifa City (MKDD).
Load Exit point
To meet the demand requirements in Khalifa area. The need and initiation of this
demand supply point will be reviewed and subject to actual utilization of 132/11kV
substations (MKBB and MKCC) in 2014; updated demand forecast review for the
area and justified by ADDC.
C
Year 2016
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400kV overhead line works between Hameem Junction- Shamkha-
Sweihan.
Load MITS
To accommodate increase power evacuation requirements from Braka nuclear plant
and enhance the power transfer capability from Gharbia to Eastern/Al-Ain regions.
The need and initiation to reinforce the 400kV network across Hameem Junction-
Shamkha-Sweihan corridor will be subject to confirmation of next generation plant
site after Shuweihat S3 and realization of ADNOC group demands in the Gharbia
region.
C
2
132/11kV (4x40MVA) substation and related 132kV cable works
in Zayed Sport City.
Load Exit point
To meet the demand requirements in Zayed sports city area. The need and
initiation of this demand supply point will be reviewed and subject to actual
utilization of the planned 132/11kV substation (ADNEC) in 2015; updated demand
forecast review for the area and justified by ADDC.
C
3
132kV cable works interconnecting Sas Al Nakheel (SASN)-Abu
Dhabi Island.
Load MITS
To optimize the utilization of E48 and SASN 400/132kV grid stations and thereby
improve the effectiveness and efficiency of assets. The need and initiation of these
132kV interconnection works will be reviewed and subject to actual utilization of
existing and planned 132/11kV substations in 2015 that belong to the respective
E48 and SASN grid zones and updated demand forecast.
C
Priority Planned Projects upto 2015
High Priority
Medium Priority
Low Priority
R - Project currently running ; P- Project under planning phase: C- Project under concept stage
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