80 per cent Sharjah hotels to have natural gas heaters
The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) has completed several projects to reduce power consumption in the emirate and it is now planning to extend its centralised natural gas distribution network to Kalba city.
More than 80 per cent of the hotels in the emirate have now been connected with the network and their electric heaters will be replaced with natural gas heaters.
Natural gas will positively contribute to saving and rationalising the consumption of electricity and it encourages the use of a natural source of energy.
Apart from the hotels, a commercial tower comprising 25 floors was also connected with the centralised natural gas network. A central boiler operated by natural gas was also installed at University Hospital Sharjah leading to saving energy.
Dr Engineer Rashid Al Leem, Director of the Sewa, said the step comes in implementation of the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who has stressed on the importance of using natural sources of energy and rendering best services to the consumers.
“Sharjah plays a pioneering role in having a full network of natural gas distribution and streamlining the usage of natural gas in various fields. This year will see the implementation of the second phase of connecting new areas to the natural gas network. The natural gas network is considered a better option than using cooking gas cylinders and is a much better and safer source of energy. We spare no efforts to preserve the natural environment. Besides, natural gas is available all day long and is sold at a competitive price as compared to LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).”
Dr Eng Al Leem noted that currently, 250,000 kilometres of natural gas supply pipes are laid connecting residential, commercial and industrial areas. “We are now planning to extend the connections to Kalba city, which will require another 1,800 kilometres of pipes,” he added.