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Abu Dhabi amends electrical wiring regulations

ABU DHABI, April 4, 2020

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has revised its regulations for electrical wiring, which have been in place since 2014, in an effort to ease financial burdens on nationals wishing to build new villas, without compromising on safety and security.
 
The specialised taskforce at the DoE’s Regulatory Affairs Department reviewed the instructions in co-operation with Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), identifying paragraphs that can be modified to cut costs for residential villa owners.
 
DoE Under-Secretary Mohammed bin Jarsh Al Falasi said: "We are working with our partners to improve the services provided to citizens, reflecting the leadership’s directives for enhancing the quality of life and happiness of the community."
 
"Reviewing the regulations on electrical wiring is part of our efforts to streamline the process of electrical installations in homes, all the while making the set-up more cost effective," remarked Al Falasi. 
 
This will help ease the financial burden on homeowners while maintaining efficiency and safety in delivering electricity to homes. We will continue to work with various entities and review other regulations as well, in addition to encouraging citizens to build their homes and make the best use of energy and water services in the emirate," he stated.
 
According to him, teams from the DoE, ADDC and AADC modified regulations on allocating electrical panels for distribution boards in residential villas, which have an average electric current of 200 amps or more. 
 
It was agreed to allow Emirati owners of residential villas to install wall-mounted distribution boards with a maximum electric current of 399 amps, as opposed to building dedicated electrical rooms, said the top official. 
 
This would result in savings of at least Dh25,000 ($6,804) for homeowners, who will also no longer need to allocate a small piece of land for these rooms. 
 
It is expected that at least half of new residential villa owners in Abu Dhabi will benefit from these amendments, explained Al Falasi.
 
The DoE has called upon new villa owners to contact the distribution company in their respective area (Abu Dhabi or Al Ain) for installation of wall-mounted distribution boards.-TradeArabia News Service



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