Dubai: State-owned Dubai Electricity and Water (Dewa) has recorded a 8.91 per cent growth in power generation and 4.58 per cent increase in water supply in Dubai this year, a government statement said.

“The Authority commissioned a new power generation unit at M Station with a capacity of 234 megawatt (MW), during the first quarter of this year, in addition to the commissioning of the Phase II of L with 226 MW additional capacity,” Dubai Government Media Office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dewa has also commissioned a water desalination plant in the last quarter of 2009.

Apart from this, Dewa has enhanced the existing power plant capacity by 139 MW.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dewa’s Managing Director and Chief Executive, said, “The generation of electricity during the first quarter of this year amounted to 5,838 Gigawatt hours and registered a record increase of 8.91 per cent compared to generation which amounted to 5,360 Gigawatt hours during the same period of 2009.”

“The quantities of water supplied during the first quarter of 2010 reached 21,773 million gallons of water compared to the amount supplied in first quarter of last year, which was 20820 million gallons. This amounts to a percentage increase of 4.58 per cent. 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,” he added.

The production capacity for the station (L) phase-2 is 1393 MW and 55 million gallons of desalinated water per day, while the production capacity of the station (M) amounts to 2000 MW and 140 million gallons of water.

Dewa’s installed production capacity in 2009 amounted to 6997 MW, up from 6676 MW in 2008 while its water desalination capacity in 2009 reached 330 million gallons per day, up from 275 million gallons per day in 2008.

Its current production capacity is 7596 MW and 330 million gallons of desalinated water per day.