Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded the Strabag Dubai LLC, Strabag AG, Andritz Hydro and Ozkar consortium the construction contract for the $391 million pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta, located in the Hajar Mountains.
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The project will generate 250 MW and is expected to last up to 80 years. It is scheduled to be commissioned by February 2024. French company, EDF Renewables, has been appointed the consultant for this project.
This strategic project will help achieve the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050
“DEWA’s strategy supports the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to ensure a sustainable, happy future and support the UAE’s aim to become first in everything,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
"Our use of hydroelectricity is part of our drive to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to increase the share of clean energy mix in Dubai to 75 percent by 2050,” added Al Tayer.
“The hydroelectric power station will use the water in the Hatta Dam, stored in an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain. Turbines that use solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be used to pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. The waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity using turbines when required,” according to a press release on DEWA’s website.
DEWA claims the efficiency of the power generation and storage cycle will reach 80 percent within 90 seconds of the response to demand for electricity.