DEWA to launch fund drive for power plant expansion

Dubai’s state-owned utility DEWA is seeking an undisclosed financial investment for expansion of its gas-fired M Station facility.

The expansion is expected to begin in early 2014 and will involve adding an extra 400 MW capacity through two new gas turbines.

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Energy-hungry Dubai has seen a 5 per cent increase in annual electricity demand and also in the pipeline for the utility are plans for a 100 MW solar installation in a bid to reduce reliance on gas power generation.

By 2030, Dubai aims to cover 12 per cent of its electricity from coal-fired plants, to import another 12 per cent from Abu Dhabi's planned nuclear facilities and to source 5 per cent from renewables. Gas will account for the remainder, according to a strategic plan the emirate announced in 2011.

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