Dubai utility inks coal plant project deal
Dubai, February 9, 2014
State-owned Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded an international consultancy firm the tender for Independent Power Producer (IPP) advisory services for the first phase of the Hassyan Clean Coal Power Plant.
Dewa said it had received eight bids for IPP advisory services for the project, which is being developed to complement the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 outlined by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify energy source by 2030.
The Dubai Integrated Energy 2030, which is aimed at boosting Dubai’s strategic efforts to secure sustainable energy and improve demand efficiency, aims to diversify energy sources as follows : natural gas 71 per cent, nuclear energy 12 per cent, clean coal 12 per cent, and solar power 5 per cent, in addition to reducing energy demand by 30 per cent by 2030, said the utility in its statement.
Further underlining Dewa’s vision to be a world-class sustainable utility, the Hassyan project will use clean coal as feedstock for electricity generation. The first phase of the project has a capacity of 1200 MW, and is expected to be operational by 2020.
To accelerate the project, Dewa issued an open tender in August last year, inviting IPP advisory services, which received strong response, said a senior official.
"The advisory service for IPPs is a key step in the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in which clean coal based electricity generation is set to become part of Dubai’s energy portfolio," remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the CEO and managing director of Dewa.
"Through such path-breaking projects, Dewa will continue to strive forward to accomplish renewable energy projects that also contribute to meeting Dubai’s growing energy requirements and support the sustainable growth of the emirate," he noted.
According to him, the scope of the advisory service includes reviewing existing legislation and regulatory frame work, recommend and amend it if required, IPP tender preparation, tendering and evaluation, negotiation, signing PPA and financial closure with IPP developer.
"It also includes the preparation of project marketing plan, and participating in the marketing activities, local and international road shows, workshops and training on the IPP concept," added Al Tayer.-TradeArabia News Service