State-owned Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced plans to move forward with development of a 1,200-megawatt clean coal power plant in the city. The project is part of the company's overall efforts to diversify Dubai's energy resources.
Currently, most power in the Gulf region is fueled by oil and gas, but many nations in the area are now looking to alternative resources as they move to export more domestic oil and gas, reports Gulf Business.
According to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, the new coal-fired power plant is expected to produce 12 percent of the city's total power output. Production capacity will eventually reach 1,200 megawatts, as carried out in two 600-megawatt phases, said DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. The company anticipates the first and second phases of development will be completed by 2020 and 2021.
Now, DEWA is seeking new tenders for the plant, which will be the first of its kind in the region. Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy has been mulling the construction of a new plant for several years as a means of meeting the city's rapidly increasing electricity demand.