Dubai's DEWA plans coal-fuelled power plant

State-owned utility unveils plans; seeks bidders to build first project of its kind in the Gulf

State-owned Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has unveiled plans for a 1200 megawatt (MW) clean coal power plant and is seeking bidders to build what would be the first such project of its kind in the Gulf Arab region.

The utility has issued a request for tenders for the plant, which will be built in two phases to generate 600 MW each when completed in 2020 and 2021 respectively, a statement from DEWA said on Tuesday.

When fully operational, the plant will contribute 12 percent of projected output under Dubai's 2030 Integrated Energy Strategy, the statement added.

Given the Gulf's abundant oil and gas reserves, most power generation in the region is achieved through burning one of the two. However, Gulf nations are looking to diversify their energy mix to preserve such reserves for export, which generate significant sums for their economies.

Under Dubai's 2030 strategy, it aims to secure 71 percent of its energy from natural gas but also 12 percent each from coal and nuclear, with 5 percent from solar power.

The scheme is a revision of the Hassyan independent water and power project which the Dubai government cancelled last April, according to Project Finance International, a Thomson Reuters unit.

That plant, which was earmarked to cost $1.3 billion, would have been gas-powered and generated 1600 MW of power. A consortium including Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, Japan's Marubeni Corp and South Korea's SK E&S Co Ltd said it had submitted the lowest bid to build the plant before it was cancelled.

DEWA was currently looking to appoint advisers to the new coal-powered scheme, PFI added.

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Posted by: Sheila Kaur

Wait a minute - coal has the potential for cogeneration. To stir intelligent debate and public optimism it would be good to secure clarification from the Coal Power Plant in Dubai to see what sort of Cogen and NOx treatment technologies are in play, scientific data on the usage of the latest breakthrough technologies which have been tested in various scales across the globe, and also what are the other new technologies in play.

Posted by: Cooldown

Another world biggest : most polluted place in the world?

Posted by: Doug

Abu Dhabi looks to build Masdar City, a zero-carbon city fuelled entirely by renewables.

Dubai looks to build a coal power station.

Come on Dubai, I thought we were supposed to the future.

Posted by: Omar Shamma

What can one say...same old...same old in the box thinking. No innovation, leadership, vision or conscience with regard to the environment. Also where's the economic logic...sell oil and import coal??? Only 5% from solar an energy source is ridiculous.

The environmental footprint from transporting coal into the UAE, let alone burn it must be huge!

Don't fire the the DEWA management that believe what the consultants say!!

Posted by: Wildwine

Obviously (as mentioned in the article itself) they are looking to diversify the energy mix and preserve oil & gas reserves. These are key export earners for UAE / GCC. Moreover, Coal is abundantly available and relatively cheap.
Looks like they have gone for an option that makes most economic sense.
When it makes economic sense, Governments world over seem to neglect the environment. For an example, US and UK are pursuing large scale Fracking, with scant regard for its environmental effects, because it makes economic sense.

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