Dewa to spend Dh81bn on energy projects over next five years

Chief executive Saeed Al Tayer says the utility's strategy is to have 75% energy from renewables by 2050

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 30 JANUARY 2017. Launch of the Free Electrons programme by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Attendees included DEWA Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, and other directors from some of the world's leading electricity companies. DEWA Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer launches the initiative.. (Photo: Antonie Robertson/The National) ID: 94667. Journalist: None. Section: Business. *** Local Caption ***  AR_3010_Free_Electrons-10.JPG
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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority will spend Dh81 billion on energy projects over the next five years, with renewables accounting for a growing share of electricity output, chief executive Saeed Al Tayer said.

Last week, Dewa awarded a contract for an 815-megawatt gas turbine project in the Dubai suburb of Al Aweer to Germany's Siemens and Egypt's El Sewedy Power, said Mr Al Tayer. The company is also building the world's largest solar energy park as it seeks to reduce reliance on natural gas as the main source of energy for electricity.

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“Our strategy is 75 per cent by 2050 will be renewable,” he said. “By 2020 we will achieve more than our target. Our target is 7 per cent but, I think we will achieve 8 to 9 per cent.”

Dewa is also building the region's first hydroelectric pumped storage plant in Hatta with total capacity of 250MW of power, Mr Al Tayer said.

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