Hatta hydroelectric power plant progress crosses halfway mark

    29 Oct 2022

    Construction of Hatta‘s hydroelectric power plant has crossed the halfway mark as authorities announced on Tuesday that the project was 52.6 per cent finished.

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said the 72-metre main Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) wall of the upper dam was complete, as well as the 37-metre-high RCC side wall at the project’s upper dam.

    The station in Dubai will have a production capacity of 250 megawatts once finished and a storage capacity of up to 1,500 megawatt hours, plus a lifespan of up to 80 years.

    The plant will be the first in the GCC region with investment in the project reaching Dh1.421 billion ($387m).

    To function, water stored in the upper dam will flow through the underground tunnel, rotating turbines. The mechanical energy from the rotating turbines is then converted into electrical energy and sent to the Dewa power grid.

    To reuse the water, clean energy generated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is used to pump it back through the tunnel and return it to the upper dam. This means the project is 100 per cent renewable.

    The power plant’s response time to heightened demand for energy will be fewer than 90 seconds.

    Plans are in the works for Hatta to become a bucket-list destination and projects include a 5.4km cable car route — Dubai Mountain Peak — at an altitude of 1,300m (the summit of Jebel Umm Al Nisour), and Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls.

    Up to 500 jobs have been created as a result of the projects.

    Source: https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/environment/2022/10/25/hatta-hydroelectric-power-plant-progress-crosses-halfway-mark/

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