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Sultan Al Qasimi: Energy sector is one of the priorities of life

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, underscored the importance of the energy sector being one of the priorities of life, highlighting the Emirate of Sharjah’s keenness to meet all the needs of society members in terms of electricity, water and gas.

This came during a meeting His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah had with the Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA), and the Authority’s management at SEWA’s headquarters Thursday.

At the onset of his meeting, His Highness blessed the start of work at “Mahani Gas Field”, which will constitute a new addition and one of the pillars of the energy sector, and will produce 50 million cubic feet of gas per day, explaining Sharjah’s need of 200 million cubic feet of energy daily during the winter and 500 million in the summer. He added that work is currently underway to increase drilling operations to reach the stage of self-sufficiency in gas generation in the coming years.

His Highness highlighted Sharjah's efforts to support the people of the emirate, advance their knowledge and thought, provide them with a decent life, and spread reassurance and harmony among members of society through a number of scientific and cultural projects that the emirate has adopted during the past 50 years.

His Highness touched on a number of vital projects that cover various energy sectors, including the electricity sector, which has seen development of many power plants in terms of provision of turbines and their expansion in a way that contributes to the smooth generation of more power over the next ten years.

As for the water sector, His Highness described it as one of the most important priorities as it is difficult to find alternatives for it if preparations are not made in this regard. He explained that Sharjah has worked on a water storage project through lakes such as Khorfakkan Lake and Owainat Lake, which will be 3 times larger than Al Rafisah Lake, Kalba Lake, and Al Dhaid Lake, which will be at the entrance to Al Dhaid City, and in the Washah area and Madayna in Mleiha and  Al Feli.

These lakes, His Highness said, will contribute to water conservation, in addition to a scientific project that will serve the emirate’s vision and aspirations in securing water by storing water in large tanks below the surface of the earth.

His Highness pointed out that the Emirate of Sharjah has adopted many initiatives that contribute to meeting the requirements of a decent life, including the social security project, through which the emirate seeks to provide appropriate income for its citizens among which services is the establishment of companies with some kind of partnership between the government and institutions, where the citizen is part. The government's contribution to these companies is 51% enabling it to manage them.

His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah explained that the employment project is of great importance to him, explaining that 1000 university graduates have been employed, and work is on to employ 1000 job seekers out of 10,000 fresh graduates during the next year, while the rest of cases had been studied in cooperation with the Department of Statistics and Community Development, and divided into 3 levels according to need. 

His Highness gave pieces of advice to SEWA employees that would serve the work through uniting efforts to achieve the desired goals and aspirations, wishing them success and excellence in performing their duties and moving forward in the service of Sharjah.