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Strabag, Andritz Hydro, Ozkar win Dewa deal for $391m Hatta station

The pumped-storage hydroelectric power station will generate 250MW of power when commissioned in Feb'24

Hatta is an enclave in Dubai [representational].
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Hatta is an enclave in Dubai [representational].

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded a consortium of Strabag Dubai, Strabag AG, Andritz Hydro, and Ozkar a construction contract for the $391.2m (AED1.437bn) pumped-storage hydroelectric power station – for which EDF is consultant – at Hatta, part of 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 contribute to diversifying the energy mix in addition to developing Hatta to meet its social, economic, and environmental development needs.

Dubai said the project is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf and will generate 250MW of power.

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

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 clean and cheap 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.

Dewa is expected to provide job opportunities for UAE nationals to support the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, including positions at the Visitor Centre, and other outdoor activities and tourist facilities associated with the project.

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, tweeted about the project.

In a series of tweets from his official handle, Sheikh Hamdan said: “We are proud of [Dewa’s] move to award a construction contract for a hydroelectric power station in Hatta.

“At a total value of [$391.2m], it is the first project of its kind in the Arabian Gulf, and will benefit from water stored in the Hatta Dam.”

Commenting on the project, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, said: “Dewa’s strategy supports the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to ensure a sustainable, happy future and support the UAE’s aim to become first in everything.

"Our use of hydroelectricity is part of our drive to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to increase the share of clean energy mix in Dubai to 75% by 2050,” Al Tayer added, according to Dubai Media Office.

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