Dubai’s Hassyan clean coal power plant moving forward

Dubai’s Hassyan clean coal power plant moving forward

Hassyan Energy Company, a joint venture between Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) (51%) and ACWA Power Harbin Holding Company (49%) has signed the EPC agreement with both Harbin Electric International and General Electric (GE) for the Hassyan Clean Coal IPP.

The EPC agreement will move the project’s development forward, which will generate 2,400MW of net electricity using clean coal. The project is aiming to meet the objectives outlined in Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050 – 25% solar energy, 7% nuclear energy, 7% clean coal and 61% natural gas by 2030.

The project’s first unit is anticipated to be operational by March 2020, before Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Hassyan Clean Coal IPP is the first clean coal power plant in the Middle East.

H.E Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA said: “Hassyan will utilize the latest global clean coal technologies, such as the ultra-supercritical technology, and the latest environmental standards.”

The plant will operate in compliance with aggressive emissions and environmental international standards.

“By signing this agreement today, we have taken a significant step towards starting the engineering and construction works as per the stated timeframe for the first plant of generating electricity with clean coal in the Gulf region within our strategic businesses and projects in the UAE,” added Mohammad Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power. “We are committed to supporting, with all our best-in-class expertise, capabilities and technologies, Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050.”

The EPC agreement follows the close of the 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between DEWA and ACWA Power for the development of the project’s first phase.

Phase One consists of four units of 600MW each, which will be operational in March 2020, March 2021, March 2022, and March 2023.