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DEWA extends deadline for M-Station expansion

Major international companies given extra month to submit bids.

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HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has extended the deadline to receive bids for the expansion of its M-Station power and water desalination plant by one month.

The deadline has been stretched until 15 October 2014 at the request of major international companies.

Built at a cost of AED10bn ($2.7bn), M-Station is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE, with a total capacity of 2,060 MW of electricity and 140 million gallons of water per day.

"The expansion project includes new power generation units with a capacity of 600MW to be added to the current capacity of the station to eventually produce 2,660MW by 2018," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

"The expansion project also includes adding two gas turbines, a steam turbine, and a heat-recovery unit, which will increase the plant's thermal efficiency to 90%, which is considered among the highest thermal efficiency rates in the world.

"The Jebel Ali Power Station's M-Station is one of the main pillars that enable DEWA to provide Dubai with a very reliable, efficient and high quality electricity and water supply, which contributed to Dubai's successful bid to host Expo 2020.

DEWA's total production capacity is currently 9,656MW of electricity and 470mn imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

Out of the AED10bn ($2.7bn) investment, AED6.2bn ($1.6bn) was invested in the generation of 2,060MW of electricity from six gas turbines, six boilers for waste heat recovery, and three steam turbines.

The project has been implemented in phases since mid-2010. Water desalination systems amounted to AED3.95bn ($1bn) using eight desalination units, each with a capacity of 5.17mn imperial gallons per day, and four boilers with a total capacity of 140mn imperial gallons.

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