Monday 8, February 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has met with Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, at the World Government Summit, where DEWA is its Sustainable Energy Partner. The meeting was to promote cooperation between DEWA and Siemens Group. The meeting was attended by Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East, Khalid Al Yafei, Senior Executive Vice President, and Karim Amin, President of Global Sales, Siemens Power and Gas. The meeting was also attended by Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Dr. Yousef Ibrahim Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA.
Al Tayer welcomed the Siemens delegation and commended existing cooperation between DEWA and Siemens. He noted that Siemens is a long term strategic partner for over 30 years, especially in energy projects and solutions.
Kaeser noted that Siemens and DEWA have been closely cooperating to improve the quality of life through innovation for many years to create a sustainable energy ecosystem to drive innovation in line with Dubai’s vision.
“DEWA is committed to building strategic relationships with local, regional, and international organisations to provide an excellent energy infrastructure to meet the increasing energy demands of the Emirate. This supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. It also supports DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility. Our strategy is to provide electricity and water services at the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency,” said Al Tayer.
“We adopt a holistic approach based on the latest international technologies. We collaborate with our strategic partners in research and development, building capabilities, the latest solar technologies, energy storage, CO2 capturing, increasing efficiency in the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity and water, security of energy supplies, and producing energy using clean coal using the Ultra-supercritical (USC) technologyy,” added Al Tayer.
“Dubai has a clean-cut sustainability strategy, guaranteeing its civil growth, while protecting natural resources. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s energy from clean sources. The 13MW first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is in operation. The 200MW second phase will be operational by April 2017. The Park is the largest single-site solar energy project in the world, based on the IPP model. It will produce 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. The Solar Park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually,” added Al Tayer.
“The Smart Applications through Smart Grids and Metres initiative will enable DEWA to build an integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems. The AED 7 billion smart grid will include demand side management, asset management, automation, transfer stations, automation of distribution networks and the integration of systems and smart meters,” noted Al Tayer.
The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 focuses on energy security by diversifying the energy mix, and reducing energy and water use by 30% by 2030. DEWA invests in 9 programmes as part of the demand-side management strategy. These include green building regulations, retrofitting existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, laws and standards to raise efficiency, energy-efficient street-lighting, and Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. This strategy encourages energy service companies in the market and to promote energy efficiency business.
“The Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021. DEWA contributes over 50% of this target. DEWA established the Etihad Energy Service Company (Super Esco) to encourage energy service companies in the market and to promote energy efficiency business. Over 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai will be retrofitted by 2030,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA’s efforts in energy efficiency have contributed to achieving several milestones globally, surpassing major European and American companies in different areas. Losses in power transmission and distribution networks reached 3.26%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the USA. Water network losses reached 8.26%, compared to 15% in North America. Customer minutes lost per year reached 3.87 minutes, compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union.
57% of DEWA’s gas turbine fleet are Siemens gas turbines. DEWA worked with Siemens to develop and implement the Wet Compression project at only 30% of market price. DEWA has become a benchmark for best practices all over the world in commercially implementing Wet Compression project for the first time.
DEWA is currently working with Siemens on the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion. The project, worth AED1.47 billion, will be completed by the end of April 2018. The expansion project includes adding two gas turbine generators, two heat recovery steam turbine generators, and one back pressure steam turbine. This will increase the plant’s thermal efficiency from 82.4% to 85.8%, which is considered to be one of the highest thermal-efficiency rates in the world. M-Station, built at a cost of AED10 billion, is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE, with a total capacity of 2,060MW of electricity and 140 million imperial gallons of water per day. The station adopts the highest levels of availability, reliability, and efficiency, using the most advanced technologies in the world.