Key Dubai power plant set to double capacity as energy demand grows


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority says Hassyan Power Complex will double production capacity by end-2023

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has confirmed that the production capacity of Hassyan Power Complex will double by the end of 2023 as energy demand in the emirate continues to grow.

The 1,200 megawatts (MW) facility, which has been converted recently to run only on natural gas instead of clean coal, will add a further 600MW in Q4 and an additional 600MW will be added by Q3 2023, raising capacity to 2,400MW.

The Hassyan Power Complex was initially designed and built-for-purpose as a dual-fuel plant with the ability to operate full-time on both natural gas and clean coal. It now relies only on natural gas.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said that Hassyan is one of the key pillars to providing Dubai with electricity and water services.
It is part of the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex which has a total production capacity of 9,547MW of electricity.

DEWA’s total production capacity is now 13,417MW, which also includes 1,527MW of renewable energy using photovoltaic solar panels from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

“When we decided to convert the complex to run on natural gas, there was no downtime and the conversion process went smoothly. This step supports the vision and directives of the wise leadership to turn Dubai into a carbon-neutral economy,” Al Tayer said.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

The move also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

The Hassyan Power Complex includes a water desalination project with a production capacity of 120 million gallons per day.

DEWA said in January that Dubai’s energy demand climbed 9.8 percent in 2021.

Demand rose to 50,202GWh last year from 45,712GWh in 2020.

Dubai is meeting the growing electricity demand from renewables and more power stations. DEWA added 16 substations at its giant Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park and another district in 2021.

It also installed 222km of 400 kV overhead transmission lines and 97km of 132 kV ground cables to connect the substations to the main transmission network, boosting the utility’s investments in existing and completed electricity projects to AED9.5 billion ($2.59 billion) for 2021.

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