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Dewa will lead expansion projects worth Dh20b ahead of Expo 2020

Dubai: To meet the demand of hosting Expo 2020, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will lead three major expansion projects worth Dh20 billion, Dewa top official said on Wednesday.

While Dewa currently has a large reserve of electricity and water, the expansion plan aims to promote sustainable development across the emirate, Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, said on the sidelines of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition 2014 conference (Wetex).

“Currently we have enough reserve to cover the increasing demand in power and water until Expo 2020, but we should go on with Dewa’s strategy which aims to meet the increasing needs of customers and development projects in all economic and social sectors,” he said.

“These projects will enhance Dewa’s power generation capacity by 20 per cent to meet the ongoing demand in Dubai, particularly ahead of the mega event Expo 2020, which will be hosted in Dubai,” Al Tayer added.

These projects include the building of a clean coal plant at a cost of Dh13 billion, which is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2020 with a capacity of 1,200 mega watts. Clean coal releases less carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

By 2030, Dubai aims to have diversified its fuel mix by adding new energy sources such as 12 per cent from clean coal, five per cent from renewable energy including solar power, 12 per cent from nuclear power and 71 per cent from gas.

Al Tayer said that the private sector’s stake will be 49 per cent in the coal project, and Dewa’s stake will be 51 per cent. The project will be developed in Hyssian Complex in Dubai.

A consultant has been selected to conduct the financial and legal perspective of the projects as well as the infrastructure requirements.

Al Tayer said that there are no problems in financing these expansion projects as Dewa has its own funding plan, adding they have the flexibility to use a number of financial channels.

Currently, Dewa has an electricity capacity of 9,700 mega watt, with consumers using, at peak times, 6,500 mega watt during the summer. Also, Dewa produces 470 million gallons of water per day. Peak consumption in summer does not exceed 300 million gallons per day, he added.

M Station, a power and desalination near Jebel Ali, is also part of Dewa’s expansion plan as they are going to increase its capacity from 2,030 mega watt to 2,630 mega watt. The exact cost of the M Station expansion, was not available.

Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be included as one of the main expansion projects as well, at a cost of Dh1 billion, which will increase capacity from 13 mega watt to 113 mega watt. The expanded solar project will be commissioned by 2017, Al Tayer said.

More than 1,500 local, regional and international companies from 40 countries will be participating in the 16th edition of Wetex 2014, which will be held from April 14-16 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Through this event, Dewa aims to increase the adoption of best green practices as well as this exhibition will serve as an international platform that offers plenty of opportunities to manufacturers, investors and companies to display the latest technologies in filed of water, energy, environment, oil and gas and other relevant industries, Al Tayer said. Seminars will be conducted during the exhibition and a number of cutting-edge and renewable energy solution will be offered during Wetex.

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