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DEWA completes expansion of M-Station power and desalination plant

Expansion project adds 700MW of power production capacity and makes plant largest power and desalination facility in the UAE

DEWA has announced the completion of the M-Station expansion project.

The project was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said the total cost of M-Station, with its extension, totals $3.18 billion. The plant, located in Jebel Ali, is said to have a production capacity of 2,885 megawatts (MW) and 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

According to a statement, the expansion project cost $416 million and added new generating units, adding 700MW of capacity to the plant. As per DEWA, the extension design has a 90% fuel efficiency rate and the project was completed with over 20 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury.

“The completion of the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion marks another milestone in the long history of Siemens and DEWA as strategic partners. It’s a testament to what we can achieve with innovation and technology to support society and economic growth in the UAE,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE.

The expansion project saw the installation of two dual-fuel gas turbine generators, each with a capacity of 263.5MW, two waste heat-recovery boilers for steam generation and a back pressure steam turbine from Siemens with capacity of 173MW.

DEWA states that the expansion’s design increased the plant’s overall fuel efficiency to 85.8%, which is said to be one of the highest rates worldwide. DEWA says its total production capacity is currently 11,100MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of water production.

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