Dubai's M-Station officially opened
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens 2GW facility
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has officially opened Dubai’s ‘M-Station’ in Jebel Ali. The station, which DEWA says is valued at US $2.7 billion, has a generation capacity of 2,060 MW, and can produce 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day.
The site is now the biggest power and water plant in the UAE, and incorporates six gas turbines, three steam turbines and eight water desalination units.
DEWA CEO and MD, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “The total cost of M Station exceeded AED 10 billion, and it has a capacity of 2,060 MW of electricity, and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. We are now able to achieve a total production of 9,646 MW of electricity, and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, to meet the current and future needs of the Emirate of Dubai, including planned expansion to further drive our urban prosperity and economic advancement.
“Securing the supply of electricity and water to ensure sustainability in the long-term is critical to achieving the vision of our government, and DEWA is committed to planning in advance to meet our future demands. It is in line with this strategic vision that we gather today to launch a new national milestone, which adds to DEWA’s international accomplishments in the past five decades,” he added.
Al Tayer also said that DEWA had been successful in enhancing the efficiency of fuel use “between 84 – 90%,” as well as “improving production efficiency by more than 26% between 2007 to 2012 through the deployment of high-efficiency technologies in the production of electricity and water desalination.”
DEWA says that M Station’s efficiency measure at 82.4%, using six F-class gas turbines that each generate 234 MW, and three steam turbines that each generate 218 MW. The facility also has 16 fuel oil storage tanks, each with a capacity of 20,000 cubic metres – meaning a total fuel oil storage of 320,000 cubic metres.