The M-Station extension project in Jebel Ali, the largest power and water desalination plant in the UAE, has been inaugurated.
The Dh1.527bn extension project added new generating units with a capacity of 700MW.
The project brings the total production capacity of the plant to 2,885 megawatts (MW) and 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day with the total cost of M-station reaching Dh11.669bn.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inaugurated the extension project yesterday.
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 extension to the M-Station supports the UAE's strategy to adopt innovation and shape the future. 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% fuel efficiency rate,” said Al Tayer.
“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.”
“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,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE.
“It has also achieved the highest standards in global competitiveness indicators, which includes raising the fuel efficiency of the generation units to about 90%, competing with the highest international benchmarks, and improving production efficiency by 29.68% between 2006 and 2018. In addition, the availability and reliability of the generation units reached 100%, exceeding global rates of 91%.”
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% fuel efficiency, which has increased the plant’s overall fuel efficiency from 82.4% to 85.8%, 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 said that it would continue to build a robust infrastructure to enhance its total production capacity, which is currently 11,100MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of water production.
According to Al Tayer, Dh86bn is required in investments over the next five years, with 45% of it coming from the private sector.