A Dh6 billion power station to generate electricity using hydrogen extracted from coal is to be built by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and its overseas partners.
The plant – the first of its kind in the region – will help meet the growing demand for electricity in the emirate, said Dewa Managing Director and Chief Executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
“The rate of increase in Dubai’s electricity consumption now stands at 15 per cent to 20 per cent a year – among the highest in the world,” Al Tayer said.
“Dewa seeks to diversify production sources as much as possible to contribute to the protection of the environment and to curb the authority’s reliance on gas for power generation.”
Dewa is expected to own 51 per cent of the plant, with the remainder held by its partners Skyline Services of Canada, Sino Global International of the United States and China’s Samena Power and Energy.
Samena will build the plant and Skyline will supply the technology to produce electricity and desalinate water.
The hydrogen used to fuel the plant may be shipped from Sino Global’s plant in Louisiana.
Work on building the plant at Ras Hasyan will start within a few months.
Al Tayer said Dewa was about to appoint an expert on environmentally-friendly buildings as a consultant.
The green buildings are designed to reduce the amount of electricity used for air-conditioning, heating water and lighting. The move is intended to help preserve the environment.
Dewa to set up Dh6bn plant