Duro Felguera to boost Jebel Ali power out­put

The National - News - Business - - The Region - LeAnne Graves lgraves@thena­tional.ae

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.

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