Dubai records boost in utilities supply

26/05/2010 - Dubai Investment News
Dubai records boost in utilities supply

Posted by Neil King

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) made considerable strides in its effort to boost the production of electricity and desalinated water in the emirate during the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

According to a government statement, DEWA recorded an 8.91 per cent increase in electricity generation during the first three months of 2010 as well as a 4.58 per cent increase in the supply of water in Dubai.

The statement noted that this had been helped by the authority's commissioning of a new power generation unit with a capacity of 234 MW during the first quarter of this year.

Another power generation unit of 226 MW capacity and a water desalination plant were also fully commissioned in the last quarter of 2009.

Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer at DEWA, said: "The increase in production of electricity and water comes in response to consumers' needs and the development projects in various economic and social sectors in Dubai."

It was also reported this month that Scottish Development International, an investment body jointly operated by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish government, has launched an office in Dubai as it looks to capitalise on its rapidly developing business and commercial relationships in the Middle East.