UAE makes steps towards second coal-fired power plant

UAE makes steps towards second coal-fired power plant
Published: 5 March 2018 - 3:56 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) is said to be in the initial stages of developing a coal-fired power plant that will be the second of its kind in the country should plans go ahead.

FEWA, the sole utility provider for the UAE’s norther emirates, is planning to build the 1.8 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired plant based on the independent power producer model, according to local media reports.

Construction is underway for Dubai’s coal-fired power plant, the first in the GCC, with a planned output capacity of 2.4GW by 2023 when phase 1 of the project is fully operational.

The plant located in Hassyan is being built by Hassyan Energy, a joint-venture between ACWA Power Harbin Holding Company (49%) and Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) (51%).

Based on the ultra-supercritical technology, the $3.4bn plant is designed to deliver best-in-class performance on efficiency and output as well as adherence to highest levels of environmental best practices globally.

Sources quoted by local media indicate that FEWA has already selected three advisers for the proposed second coal-fired power plant and will soon sign contracts with them.

According to MEED, the selected advisers are the UK’s Deloitte as financial adviser, the local office of Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers as technical consultant and the UK’s Trowers & Hamlins as legal adviser.

The utility is expected to commence feasibility studies on the project within the next few months with the procurement process for the plant likely to start early 2018, reported MEED.

FEWA is considering locations at either Umm al-Quwain or Ras al-Khaimah, due to the requirement for coal import facilities, according to sources quoted by MEED.

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