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DEWA discusses cooperation with Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

March 27, 2023
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DUBAI, 26th March 2023 (WAM) -- Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), welcomed Sharif Al Olama, Under-Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Affairs at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), at DEWA’s Head Office.
This is part of a series of mutual visits to enhance cooperation between government organisations in the UAE. The meeting also aimed to learn about DEWA’s best international experiences and practices.
Al Tayer welcomed Al Olama, emphasising the importance of consolidating cooperation and integration between the two sides across the clean and renewable energy and water sectors. This supports the directives of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyanand His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the UAE’s global leadership in all areas.
During the meeting, Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s key projects to achieve the vision of the wise leadership in providing state-of-the-art infrastructure according to the highest international standards. DEWA’s current capacity has reached 14,617 megawatts (MW) of electricity and 490 Million Imperial Gallons per Day (MIGD) of desalinated water. DEWA is also working to increase the capacity of the transmission and distribution networks.
Al Tayer also discussed DEWA’s sustainable and clean energy projects to implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of Dubai’s total power production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. One of the critical projects DEWA is implementing to achieve this goal is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. The solar park’s current production capacity is 2,127MW, around 14.6 percent of Dubai's total electricity production capacity.
Al Olama applauded DEWA’s efforts in advancing the water and energy sectors and highlighted its crucial role in scaling up the country’s renewables and clean energy capacity, as well as developing innovative ways to enhance water and energy efficiency, which contributed to enhancing the UAE’s global leadership in these areas.
“The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure is keen to join forces with all federal and local government entities to achieve the UAE’s aspirations. Such meetings are the key to supporting our energy objectives for the next 50 years, stepping up environmental sustainability and natural resource preservation efforts, driving climate action, and strengthening the UAE’s position as a leading country in environmental protection and carbon footprint reduction,” Al Olama said.
“The ministry works relentlessly to develop projects and initiatives that help enhance the sustainability of the energy sector, in line with the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, which represents a national drive to decarbonise our sectors and become climate neutral by 2050,” Al Olama added.