General Electric has signed an agreement with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to carry out improvements on three gas turbines at E Station at the Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Station.

The improvement works are expected to extend the lifetime of the GE 9E gas turbines, which are valued at $52.5m (AED192.7m), by 12 years.

According to DEWA, works on the project will commence in Q1 2019 and conclude in Q1 2021.

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Managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, commented: “The agreement aims to increase energy production, improve efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions in the future.

“It supports our efforts to achieve the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, as well as improving DEWA’s production efficiency, which increased by 28.86% between 2006 and 2017."

Meanwhile, Nasser Lootah, executive vice president of generation (power and water) at DEWA, noted that the three GE 9E gas turbines “were installed in 1989 and were the first large gas turbines to be installed at Jebel Ali”.

He added: “This agreement includes Advanced Gas Path techniques and applications for reducing nitrogen oxides (DLN1).”