Electricité de France (EDF), a French electric utility company, has bagged an AED58m ($15.8m) consultancy contract from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta Dam in Dubai, UAE.
With a total capacity of 250MW, the project is touted to be the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. It forms part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which would last between 60 to 80 years.
The scope of the consultancy contract includes design, hydro-geological, geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies.
Additionally, the contract covers consultancy on the dam and hydroelectric power station, deep-water tunnel designs, the tender for material supply, site installation, supervision of construction work, on-site testing and commissioning.
DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “The hydroelectric plant costs AED 1.92 billion.
“We are working to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021, supporting sustainable development, preserving natural resources and achieving economic, social and environmental development, in line with the aspirations of our wise leadership.”
DEWA will construct the hydroelectric power station to generate electricity by using the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam that has a capacity to store up to 1,716 million gallons of waters.