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Two new gas turbines with a total production capacity of 400 MW will be commissioned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) before the end of the current year, according to DEWA managing director and CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. The utility will also commission two desalination units with a total production capacity of 160,000 litres of water, in addition to four auxiliary boilers according to Al Tayer. The units of power generation and water desalination project (Station M) have come into service this year to raise the production capacity of both electricity and desalinated water of DEWA.
"This station is one of the biggest projects done by the DEWA with an approximate cost of US$2.8 billion. This station constitutes a basic pillar of DEWA production capacity,” said Al Tayer. "Two gas turbines have come into service during the first quarter of this year with production capacity of 200 MW for each turbine and with a total of 400 MW. Besides, during the second quarter of this year two water desalination units have come into service with production capacity of 80,000 litres for each unit and with a total of 160,000 litres of desalinated water per day, in addition to one assisting boiler.
"DEWA's projects are going ahead according to a flexible strategic plan taking into consideration the different factors that may influence the demand on its services, especially the peak load of electricity which increased this year to reach 9.6 per cent compared with that peak load recorded in 2009. Also, maximum demand for water increased this year at 5.9 per cent compared with that of last year.”