The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced it is in the process of reviewing four bids that have been shortlisted for the first phase of the Hassyan Clean Coal Power Plant Project. The project, which is based on an Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, supports a plan to diversify the UAE's energy mix by 2030 to comprise 71 percent from gas, 7 percent from clean coal, and 7 percent from nuclear power.
The state-owned utility said the best bid will be selected based on the criteria developed by the advisory committee that oversees the project. DEWA did not disclose when it anticipated announcing its selection.
DEWA previously extended the bid deadline for the first phase of the Hassyan plant to accommodate requests from developers. The deadline was extended to April 30, 2015. The four shortlisted bids come from Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and its Chinese partner Harbin Electric, Japan's Marubeni, South Korea's KEPCO, and Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional, according to The National. DEWA said the lowest price among the bids it received was set at US$4.9 cents per kilowatt hour.
The Hassyan Clean Coal Power Plant Project is a modified initiative that began initially as the Hassyan Independent Water and Power Project, which the UAE deferred in 2012. In its current incarnation, the Hassyan plant will employ coal-fired ultra-supercritical technology and be completed in three phases of 1,200 megawatts each. Phase 1 is expected to be operational by 2020.