The Hassyan Clean Coal Power Plant in Dubai, has launched the main 400kV transformer as well as various other projects amounting to $53.6 million, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said.
The plant, which is expected to generate 2,400MW once in full operation, is expected to reach commercial operation in March 2023, Arabian Business reported.
Media added that this is said to be the first project of its kind in the region.
Clean coal power plant targets
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “The main 400kV power transformer at Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project is part of DEWA’s continuous efforts to achieve its ambitious strategy and plans, in adherence with the highest standards of productivity, reliability and efficiency.”
According to Al Tayer, the project supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, which aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, rising to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050, media reported.
“The project also aims to develop the 400kV electricity transmission networks by connecting the substation with current electricity networks,” the CEO said.
He added: “DEWA works to build world-class energy infrastructure that meets Dubai’s development demands.”
According to Arabian Business: “Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which focuses on creating an environmentally-friendly energy mix, 25% will come from solar energy, 7% from nuclear power, 7% from clean coal and 61% from gas by 2030.”
In earlier news, DEWA launched a 1.5MW direct current photovoltaic (PV) solar project in April at the Jebel Ali Power Station.
At the time, Al Tayer said the utility had installed 5,240 PV panels on the roof of the water reservoir at Jebel Ali Power Station, which was reported to be the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates at that time.
The direct photovoltaic solar project will operate in a mode were the modules will produce 1.5MW of power by converting solar energy into electricity. The generated electricity will be used to meet Jebel Ali Power Station’s energy needs, generating 2,666MW/h of clean electricity annually.
“We support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to diversify Dubai’s energy mix to include 25 percent from solar energy, 7 percent from clean coal, 7 percent from nuclear power, and 61 percent from natural gas by 2030.
“The mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75 percent by 2050,” Al Tayer said.