Sept. 2013 article
9/23/2013, "Desalination Plants Supply 98.8% of Dubai’s Water, Forum Is Told," Bloomberg, Randall Hackley
"Desalination plants that make seawater potable supply 98.8 percent
of Dubai’s water, with the remaining 1.2 percent coming from groundwater
sources, the Arabian Water and Power Forum was told today.
Dubai is the commercial, banking and tourist hub of the United Arab
Emirates, the second-biggest Arab world economy after Saudi Arabia. The
arid, water-scarce U.A.E. contains about 6 percent of Earth’s proven oil
Producing desalinated water is so energy-consuming that future water
and energy plans must aim for a more sustainable balance, Saeed Mohammed
Al Tayer, chief executive officer of the state-owned utility Dubai
Electricity and Water Authority, or DEWA, told the forum.
“We succeeded in reducing our unaccounted-for water in our water
supply system to 10.88 percent in 2012 from 42 percent in 1988,” the CEO
said, according to a statement. “The combined power generation and
desalinated water production in Dubai is most-efficiently done using
natural gas and liquefied natural gas as the primary fuel” in almost all
cases supplemented by diesel oil as a secondary fuel, he said."
April 2013 article
Water desalination enables economic expansion for UAE "to further drive our urban prosperity and
April 9, 2013, "Dubai opens UAE's largest desalination plant," Waterworld.com, Tom Freyberg
"Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened its ‘M
Station’ in Jebel Ali that has a generation capacity of 2,060 MW and can
produce 140 million imperial gallons (MIG) of desalinated water per
Said to be the largest of its kind in the UAE, the US$2.7 billion
facility was officially opened by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of
The site includes eight multi-stage flash (MSF) units each producing
17.5 MIG per day. It also has six F-class gas turbines, each generating
234 MW and three steam turbines, generating 218 MW each.
DEWA CEO and MD, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, reportedly said that DEWA now has enough water and electricity reserves to last until 2020.
M Station was built in partnership with numerous project consultants
and contractors, including Fisia, Siemens, Doosan and Alstom.
(UAE's) Al Tayer said: “We are now able to achieve a total production of 9,646 MW of electricity, and 470 million gallons of desalinated water
per day, to meet the current and future needs of the Emirate of Dubai,
including planned expansion to further drive our urban prosperity and