Sharjah to open new weather station


Sharjah will set up an advanced weather station to collect data, develop a climate information base and be used for studies on green energy projects.

On Saturday, Sharjah Electricity Water and Gas Authority signed an agreement with the Dutch Bundera Consult Company to establish the station in the central region of the emirate.

Apart from collecting data, the bureau will also be involved in the emirate’s strategy to explore wind and solar energy projects.

Saeed Al Suwaidi, Sewa chairman, said the decision was taken to find solutions to meet the increased energy needs of the emirate.

He said it was part of the vision of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Sharjah’s Ruler, to find technology solutions to improve energy efficiency.

Eric Ernst, director of the Dutch company, spoke of plans to build a modern weather station equipped with advanced data monitoring devices.

Hamad Al Tunaiji, director of Sewa’s energy transmission department, said the bureau would roll out specialised studies before implementation of several new projects in the field of alternative energy.

Construction details for the project were not disclosed.

The country’s main National Centre of Meteorology is located in Abu Dhabi and was established in 2007 by Sheikh Khalifa.

Published: February 20, 2021 07:36 PM