Dubai agency to build 250-MW pumped-storage hydropower project

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority has announced plans to build a 250-MW pumped-storage hydropower project in Hatta at Al Hattawi Dam.

“In November 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050,” a press release says.

The facility will make use of one existing reservoir. The reservoir impounded by Al Hattawi Dam is 400 meters above sea level and has a capacity of 1,716 million gallons. An upper reservoir will be built 700 meters above sea level, 3 to 4 kilometers from Al Hattawi Dam reservoir. Solar energy will be used to power the hydro turbines to pump water from the lower reservoir to the upper reservoir.

The project is expected to have a life span of 60 to 80 years.

DEWA says the project will create more than 2,000 jobs during the implementation phase and more than 200 permanent technical and administrative jobs to oversee the operation and maintenance of the station and its facilities. Another 300 jobs are expected to be created for the Visitor and Tourist Centre, outdoor activities, and the accommodations and visiting facilities associated with the project.

Other benefits of the project beyond electricity supply include irrigation, flood control and drinking water supplies.

During the announcement, made in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said, “We are inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which outlines the roadmap that guides our work, initiatives, and developmental projects to achieve the UAE Vision 2021. The UAE Government wants to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development.” Al Tayer is managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA. The country celebrates the “Golden Jubilee of the Union” in 2021.

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