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Guinness Record to DEWA’s Jebel Ali Power and Water Desalination Complex

DEWA uses an innovative holistic model to sustain water production

Oct 17, 2022 / 2 Min
Photo: DEWA. Courtesy

As published by The Government of Dubai Media Office on October 16, 2022, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has marked another breakthrough by achieving the Guinness World Records title for the second time for owning and managing the Largest Single-Site Water Desalination Facility in the World with production capacity of 490 million Imperial Gallons of water per Day, which is equivalent to 2,227,587 Cubic Metres per Day. This is the second world record for Jebel Ali Power Generation & Water Production Complex. In 2021, the Complex was confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest Single-site Natural Gas Power Generation Facility in the World. The Complex has a power generation capacity of 9,547MW.


HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, received the certificate from representatives of the Guinness World Records during the 24th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show 2022, which was organized by DEWA.


Al Tayer explained that DEWA adopts three pillars to sustain water production by using clean solar energy to desalinate seawater using reverse osmosis technology, which consumes less energy than MSF plants and Aquifier Storage and Recovery (ASR) project through which, excess desalinated water production is stored in underground basins, retrieved and pumped back into the water network as needed. This innovative holistic model preserves the environment and represents a sustainable economic solution. It also underlines Dubai’s ability to anticipate and shape the future. When completed by 2025, this project will allow 6,000 million imperial gallons of water to be stored and retrieved when needed, making it the largest emergency potable water storage in the world. This technology will provide a strategic reserve that will supply the Emirate with more than 50 million imperial gallons of water per day for 90 days in emergencies, while ensuring the safety of the stored water. 


Source: Government of Dubai Media Office.