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DEWA inaugurates extension of UAE's largest power and water desalination plant

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has inaugurated the extension project of M-Station in Jebel Ali, the largest power and water desalination plant in the UAE.

The construction of the AED 1.527 billion extension project billion extension project added new generating units with a capacity of 700MW.  The total cost of M-Station has reached AED 11.669 billion while its production capacity reached 2,885 megawatts (MW) and 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by HE Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DEWA; HE Saeed Al Kindi; HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA; and members of the Board of Directors of DEWA. The event was also attended by a number of VIPs and officials from Siemens, as well as DEWA officials and the media.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA commented:

“The extension to the M-Station supports the UAE’s strategy to adopt innovation and shape the future. We made sure that we followed world-class standards in various stages of this project’s implementation, as well as world-class operational technologies, state-of-the-art smart solutions, and information technology systems.”

“The extension design has a 90% fuel efficiency rate. This project has been completed with over 20 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury. The project focused on capacity building and the transfer of international expertise to UAE nationals, contributing to the Emiratisation of the energy sector.”

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE added that the completion of the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion marked another milestone in the long history of Siemens and DEWA as strategic partners.

Before the extension, M-Station generated 2,185MW of electricity from six Siemens F-model gas turbines, each with a capacity of 255MW, six Doosan Waste-Heat Recovery Boilers for steam generation, three Alstom steam turbines with a capacity of 218MW each. The Project also included construction of 16 fuel-oil storage tanks, each with a capacity of 20,000 cubic metres and totalling 320,000 cubic metres of fuel-oil storage.

The station produces 140 MIGD from eight Fisia desalination units, deploying Multi-Stage Flash (MSF) distillation technology, each with a capacity of 17.5 MIGD and two dual-fuel-fired auxiliary boilers. The extension project added a total of 700MW of electricity to the M-Station. It includes two dual-fuel gas turbine generators each with a capacity of 263.5 MW, two Waste Heat-Recovery Boilers for steam generation and a back pressure steam turbine from Siemens with capacity of 173MW.

The extension’s design has a 90% fuel efficiency, which has increased the plant’s overall fuel efficiency from 82.4% to 85.8%, which is one of the highest fuel efficiency rates in the world. The extenstion project has increased M-station’s total capacity to 2,885MW. DEWA is continuously working to build a robust infrastructure to enhance its total production capacity, which is currently 11,100 MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of water production.

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