Sheikh Ahmed backs DEWA & Hassyan deal to convert Hassyan Power Complex

By Salma C, Intern Reporter
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The Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has welcomed the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s decision to partner with Hassyan Energy Company, to convert the 2,400MW Hassyan Power Complex in Dubai from clean coal to natural gas.

As an ultra-supercritical (USC) power plant project, Hassyan Energy is a key project of Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which is aimed at producing environment-friendly energy. The program aims to produce 25 percent of energy from solar power, 7 percent from nuclear power, 7 percent from clean coal, and the remaining 61% from gas by 2030.

The project is a joint venture between ACWA Power Harbin Holding Company with a 49 percent share and Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) with a 51 percent share.

Sheikh Ahmed stated that, “This step supports Dubai’s energy supply security by diversifying the energy mix through the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai’s carbon neutrality strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The move is also in line with international efforts to reduce reliance on high carbon emissions energy sources. The initiative is consistent with the pivotal role that gas is expected to play in enabling economic growth in the UAE over the next fifty years.”

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“In line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, we implement a number of programs and mechanisms within the energy and water sector.”

Mr. Tayer further added that, “To achieve the directives of the wise leadership and in support of the UAE’s efforts to reduce the effects of global warming and climate change, we are moving steadily with our initiatives that reduce carbon emissions. Dubai has a clear strategy and specific goals to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in the energy mix. Natural gas is considered a safe and environmentally friendly source of energy. The Hassyan natural gas power complex will be an addition to the Jebel Ali power and water desalination complex, which is one of the main pillars for providing Dubai with reliable, efficient, and high-quality electricity and water services.”

The Hassyan Complex includes a water treatment project with a production capacity of 120 million Imperial Gallons water (MIGD) per day using reverse osmosis (RO) based on the independent water producer (IWP) model. RO needs less energy than multi-stage flash distillation (MSF) plants, which is a more sustainable choice for water purification.

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