Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) is responsible for the development, operations and maintenance of high-voltage power and bulk water transmission networks within Abu Dhabi and beyond. TRANSCO provides secure, sustainable, economic and reliable transmission networks that connect generation companies to distribution companies, as well as other end-users. TRANSCO is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA).
TRANSCO is committed to transmitting water and electricity safely, economically, securely and reliably, while embracing innovation and organizational excellence.
We will help to transform Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity sector to ensure it is fit for the future.
TRANSCO’s role as a wholesale Transmission System Operator (TSO) of water and electricity has grown considerably over the last 20 years. The company’s growth has tracked that of the UAE.
Demand for electricity at TRANSCO increased to 15.2GW in 2019, from just 3.3GW in 2000. And demand for water soared to 826 MIGD in 2019. During this period, TRANSCO extended its reach into the Northern Emirates and acquired the mandate to interconnect Saudi Arabia and Oman through the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) system.
While the increase in demand continues, albeit at a more tempered rate, we will efficiently and securely usher in the energy transition by diversifying production and migrating to nuclear, photovoltaic (PV) and reverse osmosis (RO). This aligns with the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050 to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by raising the nation’s clean energy contributions to 50%.
TRANSCO’s 935 MW Noor Abu Dhabi plant, the world’s largest single solar project, came into commercial operation in June 2019. And the clean energy transition continues as the 5.6 GW Barakah Nuclear Power Plant and the Taweelah 200 MIGD RO plant, the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant come into service, alongside other PV and RO projects.
As the energy transition accelerates, new technologies are maturing and enabling the digital grid. To leverage these efficiencies and reinforce our leadership – as both transmission owner and system operator with production despatch – TRANSCO will continue to integrate these technologies into our operations.
We remain committed to guaranteeing the security and stability of the sector to ensure it is a reliable, efficient, sustainable and value-generating system that is fit for the UAE’s long-term future.
Above all else, we value the health and safety of all of our employees and contractors above all else and work tirelessly to safeguard our workers.
As a sign of our commitment to health, safety and the environment (HSE), TRANSCO meets the following internationally recognized standards to manage and monitor our performance:
At TRANSCO, these standards are audited and verified annually by an external third party. And we cultivate a culture of continuous learning and development in order to improve our performance each year.