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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a US$400mn contract to German company Siemens to expand Dubai’s M-Station power production and desalination plant
The M-Station, constructed at a cost of US2.7bn, is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE. It has a capacity of 2,060MW and 140mn imperial gallons of water per day, stated DEWA officials.
Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said, “The station adopts the highest levels of availability, reliability, and efficiency, using the most advanced technologies in the world. DEWA enhances the efficiency and capacity of production, transmission, and distribution of electricity and water networks to meet the needs of consumers, developers and other business sectors.”
Expansion plans entail the inclusion of new power generation units with a capacity of 700MW. They are intended to eventually produce 2,700MW by 2018. Two gas turbine generators and heat-recovery steam turbine generators, and one back pressure steam turbine would be added to increase the plant’s thermal efficiency from 82.4 per cent to 85.8 per cent. This is considered among the highest thermal efficiency rates in the world, stated Al Tayer.
After completing the planned expansion at the M-Station, DEWA’s installed capacity will reach 10,356MW.