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France's Alstom hired as lead contractor for Dubai clean coal plant

Conglomerate says it will supply 'supercritical technology' for 1,200 megawatt clean coal power plant in Dubai

France's Alstom hired as lead contractor for Dubai clean coal plant
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French conglomerate Alstom said on Thursday it has been selected as lead contractor by the consortium picked to build and operate a 1,200 megawatt clean coal power plant in Dubai.

Alstom has been hired by the consortium of Harbin Electricity International and ACWA Power to supply "supercritical technology" for the power facility.

Subject to the financing closure of the project, the plant will start commercial operation by March 2021 with a net output of 1,200MW, representing a 12.5 percent boost of the Dubai current grid capacity.

The plant is the first phase of the $1.8 billion Hassyan clean coal project under planning by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

"We are delighted to have been selected as part of the EPC consortium for this major project which demonstrates the strength of the company's technical capabilities and capacity to offer high plant efficiency at low flue gas emissions." said Andreas Lusch, senior vice-president of Alstom's Steam Business.

"Alstom's competencies in engineering procurement and construction as well as the project team's expertise will ensure the project is managed in an exemplary manner. We are eager to continue supporting Dubai to grow and diversify its power generation infrastructure."

Alstom said its technology will enable the power plant to run at a higher steam temperature and pressure than regular coal-fired plants in order to improve the plant efficiency and to decrease emissions.

It added that the power plant will produce sufficient electricity to power nearly 250'000 households in Dubai.

Alstom said its steam turbine technology is already generating power, including steam extraction for desalination, at DEWA's Jebel Ali power station.

DEWA is also making use of Alstom technology for energy management systems, including high-voltage substations and the first smart grid centre in the Middle East.

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