DEWA doubles coal plant capacity

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will safeguard Dubai from summertime shortages by doubling the capacity of a planned coal fired power plant, said its CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

The state-owned utility had planned to build a 1.5 GW plant, its first fired by coal, to cut a heavy reliance on imported gas.

But DEWA may now double the plant’s capacity to 3 GW to meet rising demand, Al Tayer told reporters on 22 June at the sidelines of a news conference about the WETEX 2012 trade show, according to Dubai’s Khaleej Times.

Dubai faces no risk of power shortages over the next five years, despite climbing demand, which he forecast at 5 per cent over 2011, he added.

“I expect 5 per cent of growth but then it could be 7 per cent,” he said, according to the Khaleej Times. “The peak demand [growth] last year we thought would be 6 per cent and then it became 9.6 per cent.”

The emirate expects to have about 10 GW in capacity by the year-end, he added.

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