Hamdan bin Rashid Opens DEWA's AED 10 bn M Station

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), today officially opened DEWA s M Station for electricity generation and water desalination in Jebel Ali.

The opening ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development; Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy; Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of DEWA; HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA; and a number of top officials.

Sheikh Hamdan, accompanied by VIPs, conducted an introductory tour of the station and its various divisions, which are equipped with state-of-the-art advanced technological systems. The M Station is the largest power production and water desalination plant in the UAE, and generates 2,060 MW of electricity and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

The opening ceremony included a video featuring the process of building the station, and keynote addresses by plant construction partners, Klaus Baier, Project Manager at Project Consultant Fitchner; Key-Sun Han, Chief Operating Officer of Power Plant Contractor Doosan; Sylvain Hijazi, President of Steam Turbine Original Equipment Manufacturer Alstom; Silvio Oliva, Managing Director of Desalination Plant Contractor Fisia; and Marcus Brueckner, Senior Vice President of Gas Turbine Original Equipment Manufacturer Siemens.

"On behalf of the board of directors and all staff at DEWA, I welcome HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA, who honours us today with his presence to commemorate this impressive construction. This constitutes an impressive addition to DEWA s impressive array of achievements to meet the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA.

''We have been inspired by the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that, "We do not wait for things to happen, we make them happen." In line with the vision and directives of His Highness, we are moving forward with confidence to achieve the best possible results, building on the growth strategy of our government, and bearing in mind the huge responsibilities we have to further enhance Dubai s international image," said Al Tayer.

"The on-going support and guidance from Sheikh Hamdan has had a profound impact on the development of DEWA to fulfil its part in meeting the requirements of our ambitious plans in various sectors," added Al Tayer.

"The total cost of M Station exceeded AED 10 billion, and it has a capacity of 2,060 MW of electricity, and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. We are now able to achieve a total production of 9,646 MW of electricity, and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, to meet the current and future needs of the Emirate of Dubai, including planned expansion to further drive our urban prosperity and economic advancement." "Securing the supply of electricity and water to ensure sustainability in the long-term is critical to achieving the vision of our government, and DEWA is committed to planning in advance to meet our future demands. It is in line with this strategic vision that we gather today to launch a new national milestone, which adds to DEWA s international accomplishments in the past five decades," added Al Tayer.

"Led by our long-term strategic planning, investments in our staff, and the adoption of the latest technologies, we have achieved impressive results in the standards of services that we provide to our partners and customers." "DEWA has achieved very competitive results surpassing the private sector, and even leading European and American companies in efficiency and reliability. This is demonstrated by our reduction of losses in the electricity transmission and distribution networks to just 3.5%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the US. Network line losses in the water sector decreased to 10.8% compared to 15% in North America, setting another international benchmark, and highlighting our commitment to meet the growth in demand for water and promoting sustainability," added Al Tayer.

"DEWA s results are some of the best internationally. For customer minutes lost per year, DEWA s figures reached 5.78 minutes, significantly better than 16.4 minutes recorded by counterparts in the European Union. DEWA s adoption for the most advanced systems has made it easier than ever to complete customer s transactions. All these have, contributed to the UAE, represented by DEWA, to be positioned 7th in the world, and the first in the MENA region in terms of ease of access to electricity according to Doing Business 2013 report released by The World Bank." ''We have succeeded in enhancing the efficiency of fuel use between 84-90%, while improving production efficiency by more than 26% between 2007 to 2012 through the deployment of high-efficiency technologies in the production of electricity and water desalination. We are committed to working with all our partners and community members to reduce the demand for energy in Dubai by 30% by 2030, to achieve the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030," concluded Al Tayer.

"The inauguration of M Station is in line with our efforts to increase electricity and water production capacity to meet the economic growth in Dubai. In 2012 electricity production capacity increased by 10.6% compared to 2011," said Yahya Alzafin, Vice President at Generation for DEWA.

"DEWA has achieved a milestone in increasing its installed capacity. The number of DEWA s 400 kV substations increased to 18, and 132 kV main substations increased to 184. Besides, the number of 11 kV and 6.6 kV power transformers increased to 26,756, while the total length of 11 kV and 6.6 kV medium voltage cables reached 24,942 Kilometres," added Alzafin.

M Station s efficiency measures at 82.4%. The plant has six F-class gas turbines, each of which generates 234 megawatts, three steam turbines, each generating 218 megawatts, eight MSF desalination units of 17.5 million gallons per day, 6 heat-recovery boilers, 2 dual-fuel fired auxiliary boilers of 370 tons/hour, and 16 fuel oil storage tanks, each with a capacity of 20,000 cubic metres, with total fuel oil storage of 320,000 cubic metres.