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Hamdan bin Mohammed reviews progress of DEWA hydropower project in Hatta

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, today visited DEWA’s upcoming hydropower plant in Hatta.

During your visit, Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the progress of the project, which is the first of its kind in the GCC region.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed highlighted Dubai’s commitment to implementing strategic initiatives to expand sustainable infrastructure and consolidate Dubai’s eminent position as a green economy hub, in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

“Dubai’s qualitative achievements in the clean energy sector and its ability to transform innovative ideas into gigantic national projects embody Dubai’s leadership spirit and vision of comprehensive and sustainable development.”

Sheikh Hamdan saying.

He added,

“DEWA’s progress in implementing sustainable projects underlines the efficiency of our national workforce and the agility of our organizations in efficient project execution. This progress is evident in the completion rates of the hydroelectric plant, which have reached approximately 80%. The project, scheduled to come online in early 2025, helps realize Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Net Zero Strategy 2050, which aims to achieve 100 percent of Dubai’s production capacity. energy comes from clean sources by 2050. Such achievements reinforce our country’s positive role in addressing the effects of climate change and its influential global position on climate action, as exemplified by the hosting of COP28 at Expo City Dubai.” .

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed was informed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and CEO of DEWA, on the progress of the hydroelectric project. The project has achieved an 80 percent completion rate and is scheduled to be fully completed by early 2025, with a total investment of AED 1,421 million. The project will have a capacity of 250 MW, a storage capacity of 1,500 MWh and a useful life of 80 years.

The hydroelectric plant is a key component of DEWA’s sustainable project portfolio, incorporating cutting-edge technologies. These initiatives are integral to DEWA’s commitment to providing world-leading services and actively seeking sustainable solutions to current and future challenges, particularly those associated with climate issues. By embracing these advancements, Dubai aims to strengthen its position as one of the most innovative and future-ready cities globally, while contributing significantly to the realization of Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer saying,

“Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DEWA has formulated a comprehensive plan to promote sustainable development and elevate Dubai’s global position as leader in sustainability. and green economy and devise solutions to mitigate carbon emissions and counteract the effects of climate change.”

Al-Tayer highlighted that DEWA’Sustainability projects support UAE’s preparations to host COP28, with the Hatta Hydropower Station being a key component of DEWA’s initiatives to diversify energy sources and invest in the energy storage sector. He highlighted that COP28 presents an opportunity to promote the UAE as an ecotourism destination and showcase the nation’s success story in the field of sustainability.

The hydroelectric plant will use water from the Hatta Dam and a newly built upper reservoir in the mountains. During off-peak hours, sophisticated turbines will harness clean energy to pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. Subsequently, turbines driven by the speed of the waterfall in the upper reservoir will generate electricity through a 1.2 kilometer underground water channel. This system has high efficiency in energy generation and storage, reaching up to 78.9 percent, with a rapid response of 90 seconds to electricity demand.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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