Claims by Abu Dhabi-based Oasis International Power that Dubai Water and Electricity Authority is behind schedule and cannot cope with growing demand have been denied by the utility.
“The infrastructure for Dubai Industrial Park and Dubai World Central the two development projects mentioned by Frank Donnachie [Oasis’s Director of Business Development] is available and currently being enhanced, matching the demand requirements,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dewa’s Managing Director, and CEO in a statement to Emirates Business.
Donnachie had told Dow Jones Newswires: “There are some serious problems with fuel supplies and the government is struggling to keep up with rising demand. And it is a reality that Dewa is behind schedule.
Al Tayer said he would like to assure everyone, including developers and their consultants, that Dewa was fully committed to meeting demand now and in future.
“Dewa has detailed plans up to 2018 and beyond as applicable till the horizon year for which we have available information from the responsible authorities and developers for providing all existing and new customers with timely and adequate power and water supplies.
“The current power generation capacity of Dewa’s system is around 5,000 megawatts, while ongoing projects will commission tentatively another 5,000 MW with their associated networks by 2010. By 2020 our capacity will be 20,000 MW and 1,000 million gallons of water.”
He said the authority was facing far higher demand than many other utilities worldwide, including those in the region.
“Yet Dewa is not facing the supply shortages and difficulties faced by others, though they have considerable less demand growth, which demonstrates the effectiveness of Dewa’s business operations.”
5,000: Megawatts is the current power generation capacity of Dewa
20,000: MW will be the capacity of Dewa by the year 2020