Dubai Advances Coal Projects

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has chosen a consortium of Saudi firm ACWA Power and China’s Harbin Electric as the preferred bidder for the 1.2GW Hassyan coal-fired power plant. This will comprise two 600MW units, starting up by March 2020 and March 2021 respectively.

DEWA has repeatedly referred to this project as ‘the first phase’ Hassyan coal-fired project. However, for the first time, in announcing the preferred bidders, the authority also revealed its intentions for further phases – two additional coal-fired power projects, to bring the emirate’s total coal-fired capacity to 3.6GW.

DEWA says the levelized cost of electricity in the final ACWA/Harbin bid is 4.501 US cents/kWh, based on May 2015 coal prices. An earlier bid from the consortium offered 4.9¢/kWh from a 1.8GW plant and 5.1 ¢/kWh from the specified 1.2GW project (MEES, 8 May). (CONTINUED - 293 WORDS)