DEWA MD receives Acting Director-General of ADWEA

DUBAI — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has welcomed Dr. Saif Saleh Al Sayari, Acting Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA.

The visit was aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two utilities and identifying world-class practices at DEWA, including benchmarking and key performance indicators, as one of many mutual visits for building closer ties between UAE government departments. The meeting was also attended by several executive vice presidents from DEWA.

Al Tayer welcomed the visiting delegation, stressing the importance of continued co-operation and synergy between the two utilities in energy and water while improving their efficiency and teamwork.

“This is as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to strengthen the UAE’s global leadership and improve the performance, productivity and quality of services to customers,” he said.

Al Tayer talked about DEWA’s energy programmes, plans, and projects to strengthen its global competitive position, especially in renewable energy, sustainability and green economy that supports the UAE Vision 2021 for the nation to become one of the best countries in the world and the Dubai Plan 2021 to provide the best government services.

Al Tayer explained the details of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar power project, with an overall investment of AED50 billion and a production capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030. When completed, the solar park will contribute to reducing over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Al Tayer also discussed the issue of electronic security and the exchange of experiences and information between the two parties, to enhance safety procedures and combat the risks of cyber-attacks that could affect services.

Both parties stressed the importance of improving electricity connections, which will contribute to energy interconnection and benefit the reliability and efficiency of the network and the exchange of energy, and reduce operational and maintenance costs.

The two parties also highlighted the importance of water connections between both utilities and enhancing the sustainability of water security and strategic water resources through co-operation, to avert crises and water shortages. DEWA’s current production capacity is 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, while ADWEA has a capacity of 938 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

Al Sayari expressed his appreciation on behalf of ADWEA for DEWA’s great efforts to enhance co-operation and co-ordination between both utilities. He also praised the efforts and strategic initiatives implemented by DEWA in electricity, water and renewable energy production, especially the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Al Sayari also mentioned the importance of renewable energy for ADWEA as a strategic option and its success with the financial closure of its solar power project at Sweihan. The project represents the largest solar power plant in the world, with a capacity of 1,170 (DC) MW of electricity, and the lowest production cost to date.

At the end of the meeting, Al Tayer showed Al Sayari the project for DEWA’s new headquarters, Al Sheraa, or Arabic for “Sail”.

Source: Emirates News Agency