Abu Dhabi’s $1.5bn Mirfa water and power plant begins operations
Located in the Al Dhafra Region, ADWEA's Mirfa Independent Water and Power Plant has the capacity to generate 1,600 megawatts of energy and 238,665 cubic metres of water
The Mirfa Independent Water and Power Plant project, valued at $1.5bn (AED5.4bn), of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has commenced commercial operations.
The facility was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s representative in Al Dhafra Region, UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.
Located in the Al Dhafra Region, the plant reportedly has the capacity to generate 1,600MW of energy and 238,665m3 of water, or 52 million gallons of desalinated water, per day.
With the plant having commenced operations, Abu Dhabi’s production capacity has risen to 960 million gallons of water and 16.922MW.
According to WAM, the project is the 10th facility in Abu Dhabi to be implemented under the public-private partnership model, with French utility company, ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez), holding a 20% equity interest and ADWEA holding 80%.
The contract of the project covered the acquisition of existing water and power facilities; the development, design, engineering, and construction of new power and water facilities; the operation of the plant; and the integration of a new 1,240MW greenfield combined-cycle power generation plant and 114,000m3 per day greenfield reverse osmosis desalination plant.