Duro Felguera to boost Jebel Ali power output
Dubai will add another 600 megawatts of power from natural gas to its Jebel Ali plant in two years, costing about Dh800 million.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) awarded a contract worth Dh798m to Duro Felguera to help meet rising electricity demand in the emirate.
The Spanish company will install two gas turbines from Siemens for the third phase of the K-Station expansion, which is expected to generate power to the grid by the second quarter of 2019.
“This is part of Dewa’s ongoing plan to provide a long-term, sustainable, continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water,” said Saeed Al Tayer, Dewa’s managing director and chief executive.
The utility added more installed capacity last year to meet demand from a 6 per cent rise in customers compared with the previous year. Gas makes up 74 per cent of the emirate’s power generation but under Dubai’s clean energy strategy, gas power will decline to make up 61 per cent by 2030.
Other sources will include 25 per cent solar energy as well as a mix of clean energy to make up 75 per cent of Dubai’s total.
It will be Duro Felguera’s first foray into the region. With more than 22,000MW of installed power under its belt, the Spanish company said that winning this contract consolidated its geographical diversification strategy.
Once complete, the K-Station’s total capacity will be 1,538MW – bringing Dewa’s installed capacity to just under 12,000MW.