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UAE's AESG surveys 250MW Hatta hydroelectric power plant site

Consultancy is preparing environmental management plans to ensure protection of the ecosystem, wildlife, and heritage sites

UAE's AESG surveys 250MW Hatta hydroelectric power plant site
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UAE's AESG surveys 250MW Hatta hydroelectric power plant site

UAE-headquartered construction consultancy AESG, which has been appointed as the environment environmental consultant on the 250MW hydroelectric power plant project in Hatta, have been surveying the site and preparing environmental management plans to ensure the protection of the ecosystem, wildlife, and heritage sites found in the area.

The project, which is a first-of-its-kind in the region, will provide an alternative source of renewable energy as part of Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The project is located within the Hatta Mountain Conservation Area, which was recently designated as a RAMSAR site.

The hydroelectric power station will use the water in the Hatta Dam, stored in an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain. Turbines that use solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir.

Waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity using turbines when required. The efficiency of the power generation and storage cycle will reach 80% within 90 seconds of the response to demand for electricity.

The project has an expected life span of 80 years and is scheduled to be commissioned by February 2024.

Construction Week reported in August 2019 that Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) awarded a construction contract for the $391.2m (AED1.437bn) pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta to a consortium of Strabag Dubai, Strabag AG, Andritz Hydro, and Ozkar.

The project is in line with the Comprehensive Development Plan for Hatta unveiled on 7 November, 2016, by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify the energy mix in addition to meeting Hatta’s social, economic, and environmental development needs.

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