DEWA selects Strabag consortium to build £316m hydropower project in Dubai


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has selected a consortium of Strabag Dubai, Strabag, Andritz Hydro and Ozkar for the construction of the AED1.437bn (£316m) pumped storage hydroelectric power station in Hatta, Dubai.

The 250MW pumped storage project is part of the Comprehensive Development Plan for Hatta, launched by the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Considered to be the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf, the project will generate 250MW of clean electricity and is expected to last for up to 80 years and is scheduled for commissioning by February 2024. French energy company EDF has been appointed as the consultant for the project.

The project will help in diversifying the energy mix in Dubai and will support the economic, social and environmental development of Hatta. It will also help in achieving the goals of Dubai Clean Energy 2050 of generating 75% of Dubai’s total power from clean energy by 2050.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “This AED 1.437 billion pumped-storage hydroelectric power station project is part of our efforts, initiatives, and plans to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“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.”

The hydroelectric power station will utilise water from the Hatta Dam, stored in an upper reservoir which will be built on the mountain. The turbines at the power plant will use the clean and cheap solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir.

The stored water in the reservoir will be used for generating electricity whenever electricity is required. The efficiency of the power generation and storage cycle is claimed to reach 80% within 90 seconds of the response to demand for electricity.

Al Tayer continued saying: “We are committed to supporting sustainable development, conserving natural resources and achieving economic, social and environmental development, in line with the aspirations of good leadership.

“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% by 2050.

“Hydroelectricity is the generation of power by harnessing energy from moving water, which is one of the main sources of renewable clean energy in the world.”


Image: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

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