EDF’s hydro-engineering function has at its disposal a world-renowned corpus of expertise, know-how and innovative talent. Our expertise covers the entire lifespan of hydroelectric facilities, supporting both public and private customers.
Learn more about the expertise and skills of EDF Hydro Engineering in the Middle East, illustrated by 2 flagship projects.
Gilboa: Israel’s first pumped-storage power plant
The Gilboa pumped-storage power plant is the first of its kind in Israel. It is being built in order to boost the performance of the country’s power system.
EDF’s hydro-engineering teams have been involved in this project since 2011, serving as “Head Designer” and “Owner Engineer”. They have been carrying out design-engineering work for the construction phase whilst assisting with the supervision of planning and infrastructure work at the Gilboa facility.
Throughout the construction phase, one of our expert consultants has been working alongside the project manager. He has access to back-office support from EDF’s hydro-engineering experts based in France.
Hatta: First pumped-storage power plant in the Arabian Gulf
With an installed capacity of 250 MW, this hydro plant is being built to supply the town of Hatta (population: 10 000) and the DEWA power grid, run by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
It will support regional growth while also helping to integrate solar power.
The Hatta pumped-storage power plant is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. Located in an inhabited mountainous region, measures must be taken to minimise its environmental and societal impacts.
EDF Hydro Engineering has been called upon to:
- Carry out preliminary design studies
- Oversee work on access routes
- Conduct geotechnical reconnaissance investigations
- Oversee design work
- Help deliver an innovative solution through the construction of a purpose-built, variable-speed pumped-storage plant
- Set up and oversee the launch of calls for tender, and submit recommendations
- Monitor the progress of construction from France and on site, supported by a team composed of expatriates and locals.
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