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Dubai's power capacity grows by 18% in 2011

Utility DEWA also says desalination water capacity also increased to meet demand

Dubai's power capacity grows by 18% in 2011
DEWA has announced an 18 percent rise in power capacity in 2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said on Sunday its power capacity grew by 18 percent last year as it tackled the issue of rising demand in the emirate.

The state utility said its capacity increased to 8,718 megawatts (MW) for 2011 in comparison with 7,361 MW in 2010.

It added that desalinated water production capacity increased in 2011 to 400 million gallons per day (MIGD) in comparison with 330 MIGD in 2010.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said the increase was part of Dubai's plan to promote itself as a global hub for finance, business and tourism, and to enhance its infrastructure in all fields.

"Power production has now reached 34,606 gigawatts per hour (GWh) with an increase of 2.6 percent in comparison with 33,742 GWh in 2010," he added in a statement.

"At DEWA, we review key performance indicators, compare them with best world practices, and work to improve and develop all operations to achieve excellence at all levels," he said.

Dubai is seeking to ensure its long-term energy supply by encouraging investment and diversifying sources of electricity to include clean coal, solar and nuclear power.

The UAE is one of the highest per capita consumers of water and electricity in the world.

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