Nine companies have submitted bids for a technical study to develop a coal fired power plant, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said.
In line with the strategy of Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy to ensure supplies to meet the growing energy requirements and diversifying energy sources, Dewa invited bids for a technical study for a coal fired power plant in Dubai.
According to Gulf News, Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, said: "This study is a key step towards the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy, in which coal is set to become part of Dubai's energy portfolio. The strategy aims to diversify energy sources to ensure energy supply and meet the growing energy demands in Dubai."
The study is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the selected consultant will conduct a preliminary analysis of the type of technology, type of coal and sourcing strategy which best suit Dewa's requirements, to include logistics and infrastructure requirements, as well as environmental impacts in association with the first coal fired power plant for Dewa.
The second phase will cover the development of the conceptual design for this power plant, along with the request for proposals, and the assessment and development of new regulatory elements for clean coal based power plants.
"The assessment of the bids will take place in January and February. Dewa will follow the best international practices related to clean coal-based power plants, and will count on the expertise of a reputable consultant to run the project. "The successful bidder, and award of the contract are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2011," Al Tayer said.
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