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No power shortages for Dubai: DEWA

Authority chief says Dubai has power and water for five years

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Dubai has power and water for five years: DEWA chief. (Getty Images)
Dubai has power and water for five years: DEWA chief. (Getty Images)

Dubai has ‘enough power and enough desalinated water for the next five years’, the Emirate’s utility authority chief has said, allaying fears that Dubai could suffer summer blackouts and water shortages.

H.E. Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, has announced that the authority will double the size of its planned coal-fired power plant, in an attempt to limit power shortages during peak summer periods.

“I can assure you there will be no power shortage for the next five years,” he said, adding that by then end of the year, Dubai would have a generating capacity of almost 10,000 megawatts. Last year, the Emirate used in the region of 33 gigawatt hours of electricity, and officials from DEWA are expecting that figure to increase by up to seven per cent in 2011.
 

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