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DEWA chooses JAFZA to showcase projects

The CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has offered a review of its 2013 sustainability initiatives in its quest to become a “sustainable world-class utility”

DEWA has set itself clear power targets for the next two decades in accordance with the government demands. “We are working to secure Dubai’s power requirements by 2030 by using four sources: Gas, 71%, clean coal and nuclear energy another 24% and solar energy, which is 5%,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Sustainable building
“At the beginning of this year, we inaugurated DEWA’s sustainable building which is considered as the first UAE sustainable government building and the first government building in the world to obtain the platinum rating of green buildings, achieving 98 points on a scale of 110 according the US Green Building Council LEED.” He explains that the building saves 66% of energy consumption by using solar power production station with a capacity of 660 Kw, and it reduces water consumption by 48%. It was built on a 340,000 square feet (31,587 m2) plot at a total cost of AED75 million.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Solar energy has seen huge strides this year said Al Tayer with the first phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park being commissioned in October (see story om page 8).
He said: “This will contribute to developing the technology used in generating electricity by solar energy with a planned capacity of 13 megawatt by the use of photovoltaics, then connecting it to the main DEWA grid in the second phase. The total production capacity for this project is expected to reach 1,000 MW, with a total cost of AED12 billion.”

Clean coal technology
Many people were surprised when the UAE revealed it was seeking to build coal-fired power station. But this will be a state-of-the-art facility said Al Tayer.
“In a leading and pioneering step to use a mix of the new sources to generate power, we have invited for a consultancy services tender to establish Hassyan Independent Station to generate power by using clean coal technologies. “Production capacity of the first phase of the project will be around 1,200 Megawatt, commissioned by 2020 with a production capacity of 600MW. The second phase will be completed by the summer of 2021, with the same capacity.

M Station
Water production is another focus for DEWA and Al Tayer said the organisation would be spending billions to increase capacity while almost doubling thermal efficiency.
He said: “We are also working on increasing the production capacity of the water and electricity generation plant (M Station), which already has a current capacity of 140 million IGPD (imperial gallons per day) of desalinated water on a daily basis, and 2,060 MW at the cost of around AED1.2 billion in order to increase the production capacity of the station by 400MW, while enhancing the thermal efficiency to 90%.”
DEWA is also looking at new ways to store drinking water for the emirate, including using natural underground caves.
“The first phase of DEWA’s hydrogeology report is in progress, where an international consultancy firm was hired to determine existing ground water aquifers through an integrated scientific study that examines the possibility of storing drinking water in naturally-occurring underground spaces.”

Generation costs
Al Tayer said DEWA was also making huge strides in efficiency of its existing operations in both power generation and water production claiming it is 26% more efficient than it was just six years ago.
Production capacity is up by 450MW without using any extra fuel or expanding into a new production plant and costs are down by AED1.4 billion, as a result of enhancing mutual cooperation with Dubai Aluminium (Dubal).
“We have also achieved a reduction in cost in the period 2010 – 2012 by AED131 million,” said Al Tayer.
Demand reduction, including customer education and inspections, saved DEWA another AED411 million. It saved another AED6.6 million by reducing its own consumption including turning off lights outside working hours, increasing AC temperature to 24°C and replacing light bulbs with ecofriendly LED lights.

Smart government
In line with the initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘Smart Government’ aiming to provide government services on mobile phones and smart phones, DEWA has embraced the culture as it transforms from e-Government to Smart Government, by adopting the latest technologies.
Al Tayer said: “DEWA has been providing its e-services through its website and smart phones applications since 2010 to make it easy for its customers to reach the smart services.”

Looking to the future Al Tayer said DEWA is very focussed on smart cities: ”We are also working on improving infrastructure of smart grids and communication that will form the first and basic pillar in building smart cities, on which services of electricity, water, communication and other services are based. I can say that we have made great strides; however we still have a lot of opportunities to explore.”

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