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Dewa to increase production capacity.

Dh10b Substation M at Jebel Ali will help meet growing demand for utility's services

Dubai The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is expanding its power and water capacity with Substation M at Jebel Ali due to be completed this year, Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO, said yesterday.

M Project at Jebel Ali is intended to add 2,000 megawatts of electricity and 140 million gallons of desalinated water to Dewa's capacity, raising the total capacity to 9,643 MW of power and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

Al Tayer said: "This substation is one of Dewa's biggest projects where its cost exceeds Dh10 billion.

"It is a great addition to Dewa's production capacity," he said.

Dewa's efforts are part of the plan to upgrade its capabilities to meet the growing demand for its services, at the same time maintaining a steady pace in implementing vital infrastructure projects.

He also said that Dewa's projects were being carried out according to a flexible strategic plan.

The peak power load increased in 2010 by 9.6 per cent over that of 2009, and demand for water increased 4.4 per cent over that of 2009.

Climb in demand

According to a Frost and Sullivan report, the strategic outlook for 2011 was that with the easing of credit markets, new power generation projects in the region were expected to regain lost traction, especially since demand is climbing.

They also expect this year an increased interest in the region with regard to Smart Grids. More pilot projects are planned.

Smart Meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), a core building block for Smart Grids, were expected to be more widely adopted this year.

Moreover, Al Tayer said: "The second quarter of the present year will see the commissioning of four gas turbines, two auxiliary boilers and one steam turbine, in addition to the units which were put into service last year.

"These units include two gas turbines added during the first quarter of last year with a capacity of 234MW each totalling 468MW.

"Two units of water desalination were put into service with a capacity of 17.5 million gallons each, totalling 35 million gallons of desalinated water per day, in addition to one auxiliary boiler," Al Tayer said.

Substation M will be working at full capacity by the end of this year, Al Tayer said.

Expansion

"The consistent expansion in electricity and water networks transmission and distribution is a clear sign of the development and the industrial and urbanization growth in Dubai.

"Dewa is currently working on completing six substations with a power capacity of 400 kV and 56 others with a power capacity of 132 kV during the first quarter of this year," he said.

Dewa's total current production capacity is 7,830MW of power and 330 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

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