By Andy Sambidge
State-owned utility says decision taken at the request of a number of major international companies
Dubai's state-owned utility has announced that it has extended the deadline to receive bids for the expansion project for its M-Station power production and desalination plant by one month to October 15.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said in a statement that the decision had been taken at the request of major international companies.
The M-Station, built at a cost of AED10 billion, is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE, with a total capacity of 2,060 MW of electricity and 140 million imperial gallons of water per day.
The expansion project supports DEWA's strategies and plans to meet the overall development needs of electricity and water, the statement said.
"The expansion project includes new power generation units with a capacity of 600 MW to be added to the current capacity of the station to eventually produce 2,660 MW by 2018. The expansion project also includes adding two gas turbines, a steam turbine, and a heat-recovery unit, which will increase the plant's thermal efficiency to 90 percent, which is considered among the highest thermal efficiency rates in the world," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
"The Jebel Ali Power Station's M-Station is one of the main pillars that enable DEWA to provide Dubai with a very reliable, efficient and high quality electricity and water supply, which contributed to Dubai's successful bid to host Expo 2020," he added.
DEWA said its total production capacity currently stands at 9,656 MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.
Out of the AED10 billion investment, AED6.2 billion was invested in the generation of 2,060 MW of electricity from six gas turbines, six boilers for waste heat recovery, and three steam turbines.
The project has been implemented in phases since mid-2010. Water desalination systems amounted to AED3.95 billion using 8 desalination units, each with a capacity of 5.17 million imperial gallons per day, and 4 boilers with a total capacity of 140 million imperial gallons.