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DEWA to build 250MW power station in Dubai's Hatta

The power station will use the water stored in the mountains next to Al Hattawi dam, and is expected to have a life span of 60 to 80 years

DEWA will develop a hydroelectric power plant in Dubai's Hatta area. [Representational image]
DEWA will develop a hydroelectric power plant in Dubai's Hatta area. [Representational image]

Dubai Electricity and Power Authority (DEWA) is set to develop a 250MW hydroelectric power station in Dubai's Hatta area. 

The power station will use the water stored in the mountains next to Al Hattawi dam, and is expected to have a life span of 60 to 80 years. 

Two reservoirs will power the station, with the horizontal distance between both spanning between 3km and 4km, with 300m of height difference. 

Solar energy will be used to power the water turbines from the lower reservoir to the upper unit, and waterfall speed from the latter will generate electricity that will be fed to DEWA's grid. 

The efficiency of the power station could reach 90%, with response to energy demand expected within 90 seconds, the agency announced in a statement. 

More than 2,000 jobs would be generated during the project's implementation, with another 200 permanent technical and admin roles expected to be created for the plant's operation and maintenance. 

Another 300 employees would be created for the facility's Visitor and Tourist Centre, outdoor areas, and accommodation and visiting areas. 

The project's cost and timeline are yet to be revealed. 

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