CEO of DEWA receives Irish Minister for the Environment

Dubai: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received in his office, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, in attendance of Patrick Hennessy, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, and representatives of Irish government institutions to support development projects (Enterprise Ireland).

The meeting dealt with ways to strengthen mutual relations and energy in particular and the latest developments in the global energy sector.

Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s initiatives, projects and successes, noting its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility that operates at the highest international standards and best practices in the field of quality, health, safety and environment, within an integrated management strategy and operational framework, to ensure that we adopt the best international standards of high-quality electricity and water services at the highest levels of availability, reliability and efficiency to achieve the aspirations of its customers and partners, to ensure the safety of its employees, and the protection of natural resources, thus forming a fundamental pillar in supporting the vision of Dubai.

“DEWA is currently serving more than 652,200 customers in Dubai, and attained strong results in enhancing customer efficiency with reduced waiting times for bill payments down from 16.05 minutes in 2010 to 2.5 minutes in 2013, an 85% performance improvement. DEWA has achieved very competitive results surpassing the private sector, and even leading European and American companies in efficiency and reliability. This is demonstrated by our reduction of losses in electricity transmission and distribution networks from 7.03% to 3.46%, from 1998 to 2013, compared to rates of 6.28% to 7.7% in Europe and the US. Network line losses in the water sector decreased from 42.5% to 10.4% from 1989 to 2013,” said Al Tayer.