Sheikh Hamdan inaugurates M-Station extension in Jebel Ali
Dubai - With the construction of the extension, the total cost of M-Station reached Dh11.669 billion.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), inaugurated the extension project of M-Station in Jebel Ali, the largest power and water desalination plant in the UAE.
With the construction of the extension, the total cost of M-Station reached Dh11.669 billion while its production capacity reached 2,885 megawatts (MW) and 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day. Built according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency and quality, the Dh1.527 billion extension project added new generating units with a capacity of 700MW.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, chairman of the board of directors of Dewa; Saeed Al Kindi; Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa; and members of the board of directors of Dewa. The event was also attended by a number of VIPs and officials from Siemens, as well as Dewa officials and the media.
"The extension to the M-Station supports the UAE's strategy to adopt innovation and shape the future," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
He said this project has been completed with over 20 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury. The project focused on capacity building and the transfer of international expertise to UAE nationals, contributing to the Emiratisation of the energy sector, he said.
"We made sure that we followed world-class standards in various stages of this project's implementation, as well as world-class operational technologies, state-of-the-art smart solutions, and information technology systems. The extension design has a 90 per cent fuel-efficiency rate.
Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE, said the completion of the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion marks another milestone in the long history of Siemens and Dewa as strategic partners. "It's a testament to what we can achieve with innovation and technology to support society and economic growth in the UAE," he said.
Before the extension, M-Station generated 2,185MW of electricity from six Siemens F-model gas turbines, each with a capacity of 255MW, six Doosan Waste-Heat Recovery Boilers for steam generation, three Alstom steam turbines with a capacity of 218MW each. The project also included construction of 16 fuel-oil storage tanks, each with a capacity of 20,000 cubic metres and totalling 320,000 cubic metres of fuel-oil storage. The station produces 140 MIGD from eight Fisia desalination units, deploying Multi-Stage Flash (MSF) distillation technology, each with a capacity of 17.5 MIGD and two dual-fuel-fired auxiliary boilers.
The extension project added a total of 700MW of electricity to the M-Station. It includes two dual-fuel gas turbine generators each with a capacity of 263.5 MW, two Waste Heat-Recovery Boilers for steam generation and a back pressure steam turbine from Siemens with capacity of 173MW.
The extension's design has a 90 per cent fuel efficiency, which has increased the plant's overall fuel efficiency from 82.4 per cent to 85.8 per cent, which is one of the highest fuel efficiency rates in the world. The extenstion project has increased M-station's total capacity to 2,885MW. Dewa continuously works to build a robust infrastructure to enhance its total production capacity, which is currently 11,100MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of water production.
DEWA has achieved world-class results and set new global standards, breaking world records in energy and water performance indicators, including energy efficiency indicators and electricity cost per kilowatt-hour. It has also achieved the highest standards in global competitiveness indicators, which includes raising the fuel efficiency of the generation units to about 90 per cent, competing with the highest international benchmarks, and improving production efficiency by 29.68 per cent between 2006 and 2018. In addition, the availability and reliability of the generation units reached 100 per cent, exceeding global rates of 91 per cent.