Utilities Middle East

Dubai’s first hydroelect­ric power plant makes progress

23% of constructi­on work has been completed at the 250MW hydroelect­ric power plant located in Dubai’s mountainou­s region of Hatta

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Dubai Electricit­y and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that the work progress at Hatta hydroelect­ric power plant has reached 23%.

The plant production capacity is set to reach 250 megawatts (MW) with a storage capacity of 1,500 megawatt hours and a lifespan of 80 years.

The plant, which is the first of its kind in the Gulf region, has investment­s of around Dh1.421bn.

“The pumped-storage hydroelect­ric power plant at Hatta is part of our efforts to increase the share of clean and renewable energy in Dubai’s energy mix and contribute to promoting the Emirate’s position as a global hub for clean energy and green economy,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“It also enhances Hatta’s position as one of the most prominent tourist attraction­s in Dubai. This strategic project supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources.”

Al Tayer also noted that the project is part of DEWA’s initiative to provide innovative job opportunit­ies for the people of Hatta, in addition to developing the area to meet its social, economic, and environmen­t needs.

The constructi­on of the hydroelect­ric power plant uses the latest and safest drilling technologi­es to fit Hatta’s geological features while following the highest internatio­nal environmen­tal standards to protect the Hatta Natural Reserve.

The service tunnelling operations at the plant have been completed.

Each tunnel is 500 metre long. The project has so far recorded more than 3.5 million safe working hours without injuries.

Al Tayer noted that DEWA is implementi­ng two pioneering projects in Hatta; ‘Dubai Summit’ and ‘Hatta Sustainabl­e Waterfalls.’

The ‘Dubai Summit’ project includes the constructi­on of a 5.4 kilometre cable car to transport tourists to the summit of Um AlNesoor.

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