UAE: Al Layyah station opens a new expansion

The project, which is part of the process of creating the system for producing electricity, was presented to the Sharjah Ruler.

The Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, officially opened the 1,026 megawatt new Al Layyah station expansion on Tuesday. The project has a total estimated cost of AED 2.1 billion.

Upon arriving, His Highness witnessed a video presentation by Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Shamsi, Director-General of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWGA), outlining the Authority's production capacity as well as the investments targeted for the production of electricity and water desalination. He also cut the ribbon to officially open the main building at Al Layyah station.

Along with reviewing the natural gas network's distribution capacity, pumping station count, and overall emirate size, Al Shamsi also looked at the overall capacity of SEWGA's electricity producing assets and the number of desalination plants in Sharjah.

The project, which is SEWGA's greatest energy investment in the emirate, was presented to the Ruler of Sharjah. It falls under the purview of developing the power production sector system. The project's objectives are to lower carbon emissions while also boosting the station's production capacity and operational efficiency.

A video detailing the phases of development of the new Al Layyah station extension, as well as the contemporary works and technology that will be employed, was viewed by His Highness and the audience.

He was given an overview of the Al Layyah station project model, which consists of two 345 megawatt gas turbines, two boilers for waste heat recovery, and a 336 megawatt steam turbine. The new expansion will have a total installed capacity of 1,026 megawatts, an operational efficiency of 58%, and a 2.2-ton annual reduction in carbon emissions.

A number of the Authority's department heads and project engineers were present during the opening, along with Saeed Sultan Baljiu Al Suwaidi, Chairman of SEWGA, Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Head of the Protocol and Hospitality Department, and Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Shamsi, Director-General of SEWGA.

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