Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened what is described as the largest independent water and power plant (IWPP) in the UAE.

The ‘M’ gas-fired station, which cost AED10bn ($2.7bn) to build, generates 2060 MW of electricity and 140m imperial gallons (MIG) of desalinated water per day.

The IWPP comprises six F-class gas turbines (each generating 234 MW), three steam turbines (each generating 218 MW), eight MSF desalination units of 17.5 MIG per day, six heat recovery boilers, two dual-fuel auxiliary boilers and 16 fuel oil storage tanks, with total fuel oil storage of 320,000 cubic metres.

The M station is located in Jebel Ali.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai and finance minister, presided over the opening ceremony.

“The inauguration of M Station is in line with our efforts to increase electricity and water production capacity to meet the economic growth in Dubai. In 2012, electricity production capacity increased by 10.6 per cent compared to 2011,” said Yahya Alzafin, vice president of Generation at DEWA.

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