The efforts of state-owned Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (“DUBAL”) to improve the overall efficiency, reliability and security of its captive power station have been recognised at regional level, through receipt of the Power Generation and Water Solutions “Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year Award” for 2009. The award was received on DUBAL’s behalf by Tayeb M M H Awadhi (General Manager: Power & Desalination) at a dedicated awards ceremony on 12 October 2009, coincident with the second annual Power Generation and Water Solutions Exhibition (held from 11 to 13 October 2009 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre).
DUBAL was also an official finalist for three other award categories – namely Middle East Power Plant Operator of the Year Award; Middle East Desalination Plant Operator of the Year Award; and Energy Efficiency Award. Four top placements is no mean feat, given that the company had entered five of the six award categories; and the international adjudication panel that evaluated the submissions.
Reflecting the company’s commitment to innovative industrial solutions, DUBAL was an Associate Sponsor of the inaugural 2009 Power Generation and Water Solutions awards; specifically the “Power Generation & Water Solutions Innovation Award”, which was won by Seawater Greenhouse.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Awadhi said, “As an energy-intensive industry, DUBAL is extremely conscious of the need for continual focus on improving the efficiency of our power generation activities. We place particular emphasis on increasing productivity and reducing unit costs, so as to optimise the plant’s overall capabilities and performance. The “Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year Award” confirms that we are on the right track in this regard.”