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Dubai’s DEWA and Siemens sign AED1.47 billion contract

700MW expansion of M-Station power and water desalination plant.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East and UAE have signed a contract.

The contract is for the turnkey construction of the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion at the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2015) in Dubai. The project is worth AED1.47 billion (US$400 million). The project will be completed by end of April 2018. DEWA previously appointed Mott McDonald as the project consultant.

DEWA is working to build sustainable systems for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water to the highest international standards, to contribute to the success of Dubai and the UAE. These efforts support the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the Dubai Plan 2021, which outlines the roadmap for ambitious initiatives and developmental projects that meet the needs of Dubai’s citizens and residents. The new combined-cycle power plant will add a further 700 megawatts (MW) to the installed generating capacity of M-Station at Jebel Ali, boosting its capacity to 2,760MW when the project is completed in 2018. The expansion project includes adding two gas turbine generators, two heat recovery steam turbine generators, and one back pressure steam turbine. This will increase the plant’s thermal efficiency from 82.4% to 85.8%, which is considered to be one of the highest thermal-efficiency rates in the world,” said Al Tayer.

“Siemens has been a trusted partner to DEWA for more than 30 years, and we are committed to driving the sustainable development of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates with clean and efficient power technologies. As Dubai looks forward to EXPO 2020 and the realisation of its ambitious future vision, we are proud to be a significant contributor to essential infrastructure in the emirate,” said Siersdorfer.

M-Station, built at a cost of AED10 billion, is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE, with a total capacity of 2,060MW of electricity and 140 million imperial gallons of water per day. The station adopts the highest levels of availability, reliability, and efficiency, using the most advanced technologies in the world.

Jebel Ali Power Station includes M-Station, which is one of the main pillars that enable DEWA to provide Dubai with a very reliable, efficient and high quality electricity and water supply. DEWA works tirelessly to enhance its installed capacity, which is currently 9,656MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. After completing this station, DEWA’s installed capacity will reach 10,356MW of electricity.