DEWA claims new record low electricity and water network losses

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Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA) has achieved what are believed to be the world’s lowest distribution network and water network losses.

DEWA recorded 1.66 minutes of customer minutes lost (CML) and network line losses of 3.2%, along with water network losses of 5.36%.

These figures mark a steady decline with those for the previous period being 2.68 for CML, 3.3% for the network losses and 7.1% for the water losses.

E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, made the announcement in comments during the Masdar organised Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit.

“Even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, DEWA’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, corporate agility and resilience has maintained its business continuity and delivery of leading electricity and water services,” said Al Tayer.

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In other comments, Al Tayer said that sustainable development and energy security have been established as key priorities in the UAE, with a vision for the country to become the world’s leading nation by 2071.

As examples of leading projects he cited the massive 2,000MW Al Dhafra solar power plant, which has completed its financial closing, and the 1,177MW solar power plant in Sweihan, which also is among the world’s largest.

But both of these are set to be dwarfed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 from a mix of PV and concentrated solar power.

The first three phases are now operational with a capacity of 1,013MW and a further 1,850MW are under construction, Al Tayer commented.

The park forms part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Currently the share is 9%, ahead of the 2020 7% target.

The park also features the tallest solar power tower at 262.44 metres, which was completed in the 950MW fourth phase, and it is planned to have a world leading 15 hours of thermal storage capacity for round the clock power availability.

Al Tayer also noted that Dubai’s carbon emissions reduction is ahead of schedule, reaching 22% in 2019 compared to the target of 16% by 2021.