Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) delivered a peak electricity load of 6.857GW in 2013, which was 3.3% higher than the 2012 peak of 6.637GW, according to DEWA chief executive Sa’id Muhammad al-Tayir. He says DEWA delivered 37.478 TWh of electric power in 2013, up by 3.24% over 2012’s consumption of 36.299 TWh. Peak demand for water in 2013 was 296mn gal/day (1.346mn cmd), up by 3.85% from the 2012 peak of 285mn gal/day (1.296mn cmd).Mr Tayir says DEWA’s “exceptional achievements” of 2013 included the inauguration of M-Station, the UAE’s largest power and desalination plant, with capacity to generate 2.06GW of electricity and produce 140mn gal/day (636,000 cmd) of water (MEES, 12 April 2013). DEWA also inaugurated the 13MW first phase of the Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and launched a 100MW second phase (MEES, 25 October 2013).

DEWA capacity now stands at 9.656GW of electricity and 470mn gal/day (2.137mn cmd) of desalinated water, says Mr Tayir. Since end-2013 DEWA has begun a 400MW expansion at gas-fired M-Station, with completion scheduled for 2018. DEWA has a Dh20.56bn ($5.55bn) budget for 2014, with one-third earmarked for capacity expansion and equipment. The authority plans to add two turbines at 1.03GW D-Station and upgrade four turbines at 918MW K-Station (MEES, 31 January). It is also developing the two-unit 1.2GW Hassyan coal-fired plant for 2020-21 (MEES, 14 February). (CONTINUED - 269 WORDS)