DUBAI, 2nd April, 2019 (WAM) — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, showcased the authority’s most important development projects and strategic initiatives to a visiting high-level delegation from leading Dutch energy and water companies, in Dubai.
He welcomed the delegation headed by Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, and Hans Sandee, Consul-General of The Netherlands in Dubai.
Among DEWA’s projects that support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by him to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy and make it the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world. To achieve these goals, DEWA launched several green programmes and initiatives, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model, with a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts, MW, by 2030 and investments totalling AED50 billion.
Al Tayer said, “The solar power projects currently operational in the solar park have a capacity of 413MW. DEWA at present has more projects under implementation with a capacity of 1,550MW, bringing the total capacity of the five phases announced so far to 2,863MW. We are on our way to reaching 5,000MW by 2030. DEWA also launched the Shams Dubai initiative to encourage building owners to install solar panels on rooftops and connect them to its grid, with a total capacity to date of about 81MW. The electricity peak load reached 8,507MW and DEWA’s total installed capacity is 11,100MW, while the peak demand for water reached 368 million gallons of desalinated water per day. DEWA installed capacity is 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day.”
He also added that DEWA managed to decrease water network losses from 42 percent in 1988 to 6.5 percent in 2018, compared to 15 percent in North America, which is one of the best results in the world. DEWA continues its efforts to replace Dubai’s entire water network by replacing old connections with new ones, replacing water meters, and developing new transmission and distribution networks. DEWA installed its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition to survey the water network and identify and remotely manage any potential leaks in the system.
The Dutch delegation expressed interest in participating in DEWA’s projects in clean and renewable energy and water.