• Siemens will expand power plant by 700MW
  • German firm had submitted lowest bid for contract in October
  • Project was part of 2,000MW capacity tendered by Dewa in 2014

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded Germany’s Siemens a AED1.47bn ($400m) contract to expand Dubai’s M station power plant by 600MW.

MEED reported in October that Siemens total bid, which included alternative bid plus main option, was the lowest submission. China’s Sepco III had submitted the second-lowest bid.

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

The contract is one of 2,000MW-worth of power generation projects for which Dewa issued tender documents for in 2014.

In January, the utility selected Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power to develop the 100MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park as an independent power project (IPP).

The solar project is scheduled to be operational in 2017. The 200MW phase will be the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in the region when completed, which will also mean Dubai hits its intended target of 1 per cent of its power generation coming from solar.

Dewa has also invited contractors to submit proposals for the contract to build the proposed 1,200MW Hassyan coal-fired IPP by 20 March. In February 2014, the authority appointed a consortium led by the UK’s EY as adviser for the scheme. Dubai has set a commissioning date of 2020 for the coal plant.

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