Utilities Middle East

Dubai to build UAE’s first wind farm with a capacity of 28MW

DEWA has already identified the location for a wind farm and actual wind speed for a full year is currently being measured using a 150-metre metal tower

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Dubai has launched a project to study the feasibilit­y of generating electricit­y by utilising wind energy in Hatta.

The project was launched Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Based on field visits and available preliminar­y data on wind in Hatta, Dubai Electricit­y and Water Authority (DEWA) has identified the location for a wind farm with a total capacity of about 28MW.

Actual wind speed for a full year is currently being measured at the location using a 150-metre metal tower.

The purpose is to collect accurate data and study the total capacity of the power plant as well as other technical details in terms of number of turbines, capacity of each, annual operating hours, among other things.

“At DEWA, our strategy and plans are guided by the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to promote sustainabi­lity, innovation and the shift towards a green sustainabl­e economy,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“The project to generate electricit­y using wind power is part of our efforts to diversify clean and renewable energy sources in Dubai. These include photovolta­ic solar panels technology, Concentrat­ed Solar Power (CSP), green hydrogen production using renewable energy, and pumped-storage technology in the hydroelect­ric power station in Hatta.”

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