Dewa sets Guinness record for natural gas facility

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 2 March 2021: The Jebel Ali Power Generation and Water Production Complex of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest single-site natural gas power generation facility in the world.

The complex has an electricity generation capacity of 9,547 MW, adding to Dewa’s record of global achievements.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, received the certificate from Guinness representatives.

“This global certificate crowns Dewa’s efforts to provide a state-of-the-art infrastructure for electricity and water to drive comprehensive sustainable development,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer said that the total assets of the power production and water desalination plants in the Jebel Ali complex are valued at over Dh45 billion.

He stated that Dewa has a track record of global achievements.

  • Dubai recorded the world’s lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) of 1.66 minutes per year
  • Lowest electricity transmission- and distribution-network-line losses of 3.3 percent
  • One of the lowest water-network losses of 5.1 percent
  • Fuel Heat Utilisation in DEWA’s power plants reached 90%

The UAE, represented by DEWA, has maintained its first global ranking for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100 percent in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world.

“We are proud of this global recognition, which officially makes the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex, the largest single-site power generation facility in the world powered by natural gas. Dewa is implementing the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution disruptive technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and other innovations. This has resulted in Dewa improving its generation efficiency by 33.41 percent, which also helped achieve considerable financial savings. This improvement has also reduced more than 64 million tonnes of carbon emissions, which are equivalent to planting 327 million trees. It has also reduced more than 46,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxide gases and over 3,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide,” said Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation.

In 2019, Dewa completed the extension project for M-Station in Jebel Ali, which is the largest power generation and water desalination plant in the UAE. The project included over 20 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury. With the construction of the extension, the total cost of the M-Station reached over Dh12 billion, while its production capacity reached 2,885 megawatts (MW) and 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

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