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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