Saturday 14, May 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) clean coal centre as a sponsor. DEWA will have access to the centre’s expertise, which includes consultancy services, study reports, analysis, workshops, conferences and databases. Every year, the centre publishes around 15 reports covering various aspects of clean coal technologies and related policies and guidelines. The IEA clean coal centre will also help develop and internationally-promote DEWA’s clean coal power plant at Hassyan.
“DEWA’s clean coal power plant at Hassyan reflects our commitment to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify the energy mix. It also reflects DEWA’s commitment to its goals of energy diversification and sustainability of resources, and achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which focuses on producing electricity from clean coal from Dubai’s energy mix. We are glad to join the IEA clean coal centre to exchange expertise and benefit from the significant services the centre offers. This will help us achieve our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility. In addition, the centre will also play a significant role in the move to increase awareness about DEWA’s clean coal plant as the first of its kind in the region,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA strives to achieve the fifth pillar of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to create an environmentally-friendly energy mix with the total power output of Dubai coming from solar energy, which will generate 25%, 7% from nuclear power, 7% from clean coal, and 61% from gas by 2030. The mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75% by 2050,” added Al Tayer.
Professor Jürgen-Friedrich Hake, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IEA clean coal centre, expressed his happiness with DEWA joining the IEA as a sponsor by saying, “It is my honour as Chairman of the IEA CCC’s Executive Committee to welcome DEWA as a new member. We look forward to sharing our expertise with DEWA and helping them to achieve clean coal power”.
Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, Vice President of Special Projects at DEWA, received the acceptance letter from Professor Hake during the 64th Meeting of the Executive Committee held at the IEA’s headquarters in Paris, France. The meeting was attended by 30 delegates representing the 9 member countries and 7 sponsoring organisations.
The Hassyan clean-coal power plant will use the best available technologies and adopt the highest global industry standards. It will use the Ultra-supercritical (USC) technology to reduce any negative impact on the environment, and will be implemented using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model on a build, own, operate (BOO) basis. The first and second phases of the project will respectively generate a capacity of 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The first phase will be operational by March 2020, the second in March 2021, the third in March 2022, and the fourth in March 2023.
DEWA received considerable interest from 48 international applicants. Seven global developers were shortlisted and found to have the capabilities to deliver. DEWA received four offers from international companies and consortia that possess the necessary expertise and skills. DEWA chose the ACWA Power and Harbin Electric consortium as the preferred bidder for the first phase of the project.
DEWA has awarded RWE Power International ME the contract to conduct a comprehensive study on the uses of all by-products from using clean coal at the Hassyan power plant. RWE was awarded the contract to conduct a comprehensive study on the use of clean coal ash in cement, building materials, industries, and road works, based on local and international standards.
The IEA CCC is a Technology Collaboration Programme by the IEA. The centre facilitates international co-operation on clean-coal related issues, and provides objective and independent information, and analysis on the efficient and sustainable use of coal. The centre focuses on how to use coal more effectively, efficiently and cleanly, to minimise its environmental impact, while providing cost-effective energy. This includes the integration of coal-related policies and regulations, clean-coal technology developments and deployment, emission-control technologies, and global coal markets.