Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
هيئة كهرباء ومياه دبي
Utilities (Government-owned)
IndustryElectricity, Water and District Cooling
Founded1 January 1992
Area served
Key people
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (CEO)
SubsidiariesEmirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER)

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) (هيئة كهرباء ومياه دبي) is a public service infrastructure company that was founded on 1 January 1992 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[1] It arose from the merger of the Dubai Electricity Company and the Dubai Water Department that had been operating independently until then. These organizations were established in 1959 by sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai.[1] The objective of the state-run company is making available to the people of Dubai an adequate and reliable supply of electricity and water.[2]

As of end of 2017, DEWA employs a workforce of over 11,000 employees and provides 796,764 customers with electricity and 705,376 customers with water.[3]

In 2017, DEWA had an installed capacity of 10,200 MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.[4]

After using conventional gas-fired power plants for most of its history, DEWA has recently started to add solar power to its energy mix. After installing an initial 13 MW (DC) solar plant at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in 2013,[5] a further 200 MW (AC) were contracted from developer ACWA Power in January 2015.[6] The latest addition to DEWA's solar portfolio will be an 800 MW solar power plant, which was started in the fall of 2015 and should be completed by 2020.[7] DEWA plans a 250 MW pumped-storage hydroelectricity at Hatta using 880 million gallons of water 300 meter above a lower dam.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "DEWA: History". Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ Wilde, Felix (2011). "Country-specific Organizations and Authorities". Worldwide development of nuclear Energy. Hamburg: Diplomica Verlag. p. 25. ISBN 9783842859647. OCLC 837778047.
  3. ^ "2014 World Future Energy Summit Sponsors". World Future Energy Summit. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  4. ^ "DEWA Statistics 2017". DEWA website. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ "DEWA 13 Solar Plant". First Solar. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Dubai Doubling Size of Power Plant to Make Cheapest Solar Energy". Bloomberg Business. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  7. ^ "DEWA announces release of Request for Proposal for 800MW 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park". WAM Emirates News Agency. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Dubai to build Persian Gulf's first hydroelectric plant, 880 million gallon 'battery'". Electrek. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.

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