Substation M to lift Dewa power capacity by a quarter

Work on Substation M Project at Jebel Ali continues at a high speed and will add a quarter or 2,000 megawatts of electricity and 140 million gallons of desalinated water to Dewa’s current capacity.

This addition will see Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s generation capacity reaching a total of 9,643 MW and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, said a press statement.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, stated: "This substation is one of Dewa’s biggest projects where its cost exceeds Dhs10 billion. It is a great addition to Dewa's production capacity.

“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 included two gas turbines added during the first quarter of last year with the capacity of 234 MW each totalling 468 MW, whereas two units of water desalination were put into service with the capacity of 17.5 million gallons each totaling 35 million gallons of desalinated water per day, in addition to one auxiliary boiler,” Al Tayer added.

Al Tayer also pointed out that the substation will be working at its full capacity by the end of this year.

Al Tayer stated that Dewa's projects are carried out according to a flexible strategic plan, which takes into consideration all different factors that can affect demand for its services, as power peak load increased last year by 9.6 per cent compared with that peak load recorded in 2009, and demand for water also increased by 4.4 per cent compared with that of 2009.

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