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DEWA signs MoU with Masdar and EDF for Phase 3 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and with EDF for Hatta Hydroelectric Plant

Publish on 10/11/2017

Dubai, UAE, 9 November 2017: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with both Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Électricité de France (EDF) to promote cooperation in developing and financing of the 800MW 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, as per the Independent Power Producer model (IPP). DEWA signed another MoU with EDF for a consultancy contract for the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta Dam.
DEWA is building a 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in Hatta, which is the first of its kind in the GCC countries. It will make use of the water stored in the Hatta Dam, increasing the share of renewable energy.
The consultancy contract covers design, hydro-geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies. It also includes consultancy on deep-water tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
The signing ceremony was attended by HE Benjamin Grivaux, the French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance and HE Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi , Undersecretary for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Economy of the UAE. The first MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA; Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of EDF Group; and HE Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. Al Tayer and Levy signed the second MoU during the UAE-France Business Forum at Zayed University, Dubai Academic City.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion (USD 13.6 billion). The solar park contributes to achieving the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050.
The 800MW third phase of the solar park, is being implemented by Shuaa Energy 2, which was established by DEWA with a 60% stake in the company. Shuaa Energy 2 was launched in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and EDF, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, who own the remaining 40% of the company. The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractor GranSolar from Spain, is handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). It includes Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy.
“The MoU supports the directives of the wise leadership, headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which constitute a roadmap for our ambitious initiatives and clean development projects in the clean energy sector. This is part of our efforts to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make the UAE the best country in the world, achieve sustainable development, and promote the welfare of citizens, residents, and visitors. This also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020. This will increase to 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA registered a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of USD $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for the third phase of the solar park, which will be operational in 2020. Upon its completion, the solar park will save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions. The implementation progress of the third phase, which will produce 800MW, will be complete by 2020. The third phase will be completed in 3 stages over 16 square kilometres. The first 200MW stage is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. The 300MW second stage will be operational in 2019, and the third 300MW stage will be completed in the first half of 2020.
“The hydroelectric plant is part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The project will contribute to the development of Hatta, and meet its developmental, social, economic, and environmental needs. It will also contribute to the achievement of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050,” noted Al Tayer.
“DEWA’s initiatives within the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan will involve Hatta residents in the projects that will be implemented and provide about 200 permanent jobs in the technical, administrative and operational fields, and over 300 jobs in the Visitors Centre, outreach and tourism facilities associated with the project, in addition to more than 2,000 jobs during project implementation,” added Al Tayer.
The pumped-storage hydroelectric power station will make use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain to store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300 metres above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. During peak-load hours, when production cost is high, turbines operated by the speed of waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity that will be connected to DEWA’s grid. The efficiency of power production will reach 90% with response to demand for energy within 90 seconds.
“On the proud occasion of the President of France’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, the MoU signing highlights the strength of our partnership with Dubai Electricity Water Authority and EDF Energies Nouvelles in developing Phase 3 of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
“It also emphasises the critical value of public-private collaboration in advancing commercially viable renewable energy, here in the UAE and the wider region. Now under construction, the 800MW expansion of the Dubai Solar Park will be a benchmark for the global renewables sector on completion, a showcase of UAE expertise, and the capabilities of our international partners, across all aspects of utility-scale renewable energy project development. At Masdar, we are eager to build on our collaboration with DEWA and EDF to pursue future opportunities in renewable energy and clean technologies locally and internationally,” Al Ramahi added.
“We are proud to be supporting the energy transition in the UAE, in close collaboration with major local partners. Our involvement in innovative renewable projects such as Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Hatta hydropower plant demonstrate our know-how as global leader in low-carbon growth. Both projects are aligned with the two key objectives of the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy: achieving 50 GW of renewable energy capacity by year 2030 and growing our business in a rapidly expanding markets such as Middle East” said Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman.
 
 

FEWA visit to Dunkirk LNG Terminal and Bouchain CCG Plant

Publish on 10/10/2017

A delegation of FEWA (Federal Electricity and Water Authority) leaded by Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director General visited on Friday 29th September the French utility EDF. During the visit, which included two stops, the delegation toured EDF LNG Terminal in Dunkirk North of France (a 56 ha site alongside Dunkirk's Western Harbour with 3 storage tanks, each capable of storing 190,000 m3 of LNG at -163°C ) as well as EDF high efficiency H class Power Plant in Bouchain. The H class 605-MW power plant is operated by EDF since July 2016 and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most-efficient combined cycle power plant in the world, with a third-party verified net efficiency of 62.22%.  During the visit The Federal Authority and the French utility have shared best practises and innovation in order to achieve FEWA strategic plan to  provide world-class electricity services, whilst developing the necessary infrastructure, to fulfil the growing demand in the emirates under FEWA’s jurisdiction and to rationalize the usage of electricity and to promote sustainable development.

FEWA visit to Dunkirk LNG Terminal and Bouchain CCG Plant

Publish on 10/10/2017

A delegation of FEWA (Federal Electricity and Water Authority) leaded by Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director General visited on Friday 29th September the French utility EDF. During the visit, which included two stops, the delegation toured EDF LNG Terminal in Dunkirk North of France (a 56 ha site alongside Dunkirk's Western Harbour with 3 storage tanks, each capable of storing 190,000 m3 of LNG at -163°C ) as well as EDF high efficiency H class Power Plant in Bouchain. The H class 605-MW power plant is operated by EDF since July 2016 and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most-efficient combined cycle power plant in the world, with a third-party verified net efficiency of 62.22%.  During the visit The Federal Authority and the French utility have shared best practises and innovation in order to achieve FEWA strategic plan to  provide world-class electricity services, whilst developing the necessary infrastructure, to fulfil the growing demand in the emirates under FEWA’s jurisdiction and to rationalize the usage of electricity and to promote sustainable development.

DEWA awards Hatta hydroelectric consultancy contract to EDF

Publish on 10/06/2017

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has awarded the AED 58 million consultancy contract for the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta Dam to France’s EDF.
This Hydroelectric Power Station is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf, with a total capacity of 250MW, and is expected to last between 60 and 80 years.
The consultancy contract covers design, hydro-geological, geological, environmental, geotechnical, and deep excavation studies. It also includes consultancy on deep-water tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
"The hydroelectric plant costs AED1.92 billion. It is part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, ," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
DEWA will build the hydroelectric power station to generate electricity by making use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain that can store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300 meters above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the lower dam to the upper reservoir.
During peak-load hours, when production costs are high, turbines operated by the speed of waterfall from the upper reservoir will be used to generate electricity and connect it to DEWA’s grid. The efficiency of power production will reach 90 percent with a 90-second response to demand for electricity.
 

EDF & SEC collaborate on e-Monitoring solutions

Publish on 01/05/2017

Jack Vénuat, Managing Director of EDF Thermal Engineering Center, visited Saudi Arabia from the 1st to the 3rd of May 2017.  The visit  was part of the strong cooperation between EDF and Saudi electricity company (SEC) especially on the GOC Project which consist on assisting SEC to set up their regional production control centers (21 power plants) coupled with a e-monitoring solution. Jack Vénuat met with the Executive Vice President of SEC in charge of Production and the CEO of the SEC subsidiary in charge of engineering and project development. The extremely warm discussions included the renewal of the cooperation agreement between EDF and the SEC signed in June 2014.

EDF Group joins Masdar-led consortium developing Phase 3 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Publish on 22/03/2017

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – EDF Group, via its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, a market leader in renewable energy electricity, has joined the Masdar-led consortium developing the 800-megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

The agreement formalising the company’s entry into the consortium was signed today by Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of EDF Group, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), His Excellency Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, and Antoine Cahuzac, Group Senior Executive Vice President for Renewable Energies at EDF Group and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EDF Energies Nouvelles, witnessed the signing at DEWA’s headquarters.
The 16 square-kilometre 800 photovoltaic plant will be delivered in three stages. The 200 MW “Phase A” is currently under construction, and is due for completion by April next year. The 300 MW “Phase B” is expected to come on stream in April 2019, while the final 300 MW tranche, “Phase C”, is scheduled for April 2020.
The project was awarded last year at a price of 2.99 US cents per kilowatt-hour, a then record-low tariff for solar power generation.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, has a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, and a total investment of USD14 billion (AED50 billion). It will displace as much as 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually upon completion in 2030.
“We are happy to see more international companies such as EDF joining the Masdar-led consortium for the 800 megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which will be constructed based on the IPP model to achieve sustainable development .The Solar Park has attracted the interest of global business and energy companies, which reflects the trust and interest from international investors in large projects adopted by Dubai Government, encouraged by the favourable existing regulatory and legislative frameworks in Dubai that enable public-private partnerships. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inaugurated the 200 megawatt (MW) second phase of the Solar Park which is now operational. The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy. We are working to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
“With construction of phase three now well under way, we are proud to bring EDF Group into the consortium realising what will be the largest solar power plant in the world on completion, and to benefit from EDF Energies Nouvelles’ extensive international experience in renewable energy deployment, particularly in emerging markets,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.
“We are very proud to be supporting the energy transition in the Middle East, thanks to ambitious projects involving renewable energy, like DEWA III. They demonstrate our know-how as market leader in low-carbon growth and reinforce the Group’s development in fast-growing countries, within the context of our Cap 2030 strategy,” declared Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman.
"The Middle East is a strategic area for EDF Group which has strong ambitions for renewable energies. EDF Group, through EDF Energies Nouvelles’ teams, is pleased to participate in one of the world’s largest solar initiatives launched by DEWA. This 800 MW solar project realized alongside with Masdar, a key player in renewables, seals a major long-term partnership,” said Antoine Cahuzac, EDF Group Executive Vice President in charge of Renewable Energies and CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
 

SEC signs an agreement in collaboration with EDF for the rehabilitation of newly graduates

Publish on 02/11/2016


In the presence of Engineer Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Electricity Company represented by Dr. Saleh Bin Hussein Al Awaji, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the electricity company's chairman, during the International Energy Forum place in Istanbul, signed an agreement for rehabilitation of recently recruited university staff, with EDF. This comes within the company's ambitious plans in the strategic shift accelerated program, which was launched by the company for more than two years.

Awaji said that this agreement aims to develop newly graduated employees to enable them to work in a global standard environment and give them the opportunity to face a variety of techniques to build a generation of engineers capable of handling all types of modern technologies in the electricity industry, Awaji added that this agreement aimed at staff in different disciplines in mechanical, industrial, electrical and chemical engineering, and others.

Jean-Bernard LEVY, CEO and Chairman of the EDF management, said that this agreement will strengthen cooperation in the field of training that currently exists between the Saudi Electricity Company and the EDF, in line with the desire of both countries to enhance cooperation in all fields.
 
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