Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has invited consultants to submit bids for the engineering consultancy contract to expand the Aweer power station.

Consultants have until 10 April to submit bids for the consultancy role for the phase 4 expansion of the Aweer Power Station H. The current station has a total capacity of 1,846MW, which was developed over three phases between 1998 and 2009.

Peak power demand growth in Dubai reached 5.5 per cent in 2014, and with demand set to grow between 4.5 per cent and 5 per cent a year in the run up to hosting the Expo event in 2020, Dewa is pushing ahead with an ambitious capacity expansion programme.

In February 2015, Dewa awarded Germany’s Siemens a AED1.47bn ($400m) contract to expand Dubai’s M station power plant by 600MW.

The work will involve expanding the capacity of the existing 2,030MW Jebel Ali plant by 700MW. In addition to boosting capacity, the expansion project will increase the plant’s thermal efficiency from 82.4 per cent to 85.8 per cent.

Dewa appointed the UK’s Mott MacDonald as consultant for the project, and has set a completion date of April 2018.

In addition to expanding existing plants, Dewa is undertaking a number of major new power projects. These include the 800MW third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park, and the 1,200MW first phase of the Hassyan coal-fired power plant.