DUBAI- Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received Miriam Dalli, Minister of Energy, Enterprise, and Sustainable Development of Malta and Maria Camilleri Calleja, Malta’s ambassador to the UAE, to discuss bilateral cooperation in renewable energy, innovation, and sustainability.
Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence and Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future, from DEWA, attended the meeting.
Al Tayer reviewed key projects and initiatives, highlighting DEWA’s strategy which is inspired by the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability, innovation, and the shift towards a green and sustainable economy.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, is one of DEWA’s key projects to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. It aims to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The Solar Park will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030.
DEWA launched pioneering projects and initiatives to diversify clean energy sources. These include solar photovoltaic systems, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), green hydrogen production using solar power, stored water technology at Hatta hydroelectric power plant using clean energy, and electricity generation from wind power.
Al Tayer briefed Dalli on the Green Hydrogen project which DEWA commissioned at the Solar Park in Dubai. The pilot project is the first in the MENA region to produce green hydrogen using renewable energy.
"DEWA’s total assets reached AED195 billion. The electricity production capacity has reached 13,200 MW, and the water production capacity has reached 490 MIGD to meet the growing demand for electricity and water in Dubai. DEWA holds shares in companies and organisations that it helped in establishing, including Digital DEWA, Data Hub Integrated Solutions (Moro), and the Green Fund, which supports clean energy projects," Al Tayer said.
"The UAE, represented by DEWA, 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. DEWA has reduced its customer minutes lost to 1.66 minutes, compared with 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union and the USA.
It has further reduced its power transmission and distribution network losses to 3.3 percent, compared to 6 to 7 percent in Europe and the US. Its water network losses have decreased to 5.1 percent, compared to 15 percent in North America, making it one of the lowest in the world. DEWA improved the sustainability of its water and power infrastructure, to increase fuel consumption efficiency up to 90 percent, and generation efficiency by 33.41 percent between 2006 and 2020," he added.
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