The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) project is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. The plant will have a total capacity of 250MW.
EDF’s role covers design, hydro-geological, geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies. It also includes consultancy on tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
“The hydroelectric plant will cost AED1.92bn. “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,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
The power station will make use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain that can store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300m above the dam level.