Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a turnkey construction contract worth AED1.47bn ($400m) with Siemens to expand power generation capacity of the M-Station power and water desalination plant by 700MW.
Situated in Jebel Ali area in the UAE, the combined-cycle power facility will have two additional gas turbine generator installations along with two heat recovery steam turbine generators, and one back pressure steam turbine.
The upgrade has been planned to increase the thermal efficiency of the plant from 82.4% to 85.8%. The new Siemens equipment is expected to raise the power output of the facility to 2,760MW.
The deal is in line with DEWA’s intention to develop sustainable systems for producing, transmitting and distributing power and water at par with highest international standards, in order to strengthen UAE and its capital’s foothold in the global market.
Siemens Middle East and UAE CEO Dietmar Siersdorfer said: "Siemens has been a trusted partner to DEWA for more than 30 years, and we are committed to driving the sustainable development of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates with clean and efficient power technologies."
Construction of the M-Station facility involved an initial investment of AED10bn ($2.72bn). As well as currently producing 2,060MW of power, the facility also has a daily capacity to supply 140 million imperial gallons of water.
DEWA expects the expansion project to be completed by 2018.