Dubai's DEWA says power capacity up 10% in 2012

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Dubai's state utility said on Saturday that its power capacity rose by more than 10 percent in 2012.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recorded a total installed power capacity of 9,646 megawatts (MW) compared to 8,721MW in 2011.

In a statement, DEWA also said desalinated water production capacity grew by 17.5 percent in 2012 to 470 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) compared to 400 MIGD in 2011.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO, said DEWA's 132kV main substations increased to 184 last year, an increase of 19 on the previous year while the number of 400KV substations reached 18 last year compared to 17 in 2011.

He added that DEWA's 132kV electricity transmission networks grew to 1,932km in 2012 compared to 1,687km in 2011, an increase of 14.5 percent.

"DEWA's expansion plans for production capacity, transmission and distribution networks rely on future demand for electricity and water for various developmental projects in the city," said Al Tayer.

DEWA said earlier this month that its budget for 2013 has been marginally increased compared to last year.

It said its budget was estimated at AED13.835bn ($3.76bn), up AED235m on 2012.

During 2012, the peak power load reached 6637MW with a reserve margin exceeding 300MW.

The peak demand for water during 2012 was 285MIGD with a reserve margin estimated at 185MIGD.

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