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Middle East: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority launches tender process for the Hassyan clean coal power project

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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has announced a competitive tender process to select a suitable developer or developer consortium to own 49% of a project company to build and operate an Independent Power Project (IPP). The new clean coal fired power generation facility, with an aggregate capacity of 1,200 MW, will be located at the Saih Shuaib area on the Arabian Gulf coast in the Emirate of Dubai (the project) and is due to be commissioned before the summer of 2020.

The power generated by the Project will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Interested parties, which have experience of undertaking similar projects, are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to DEWA by no later than 12pm on the 24 April 2014.

The project is significant not just because of its choice of feedstock, for which there are no existing supply arrangements or infrastructure, but because this is the first independent power project to be launched since the previous Hassyan project (a gas fired IPP) was suspended late into procurement in April 2012 following a revised assessment of demand forecasts.

To date the Emirate of Dubai has used a traditional EPC procurement route for its power plants in contrast to its neighbour Abu Dhabi which has been running a successful IW/PP program for a number of years. DEWA is also calling for EOIs in relation to a 100 MW solar PV IPP. This will constitute phase 2 of second stage of its planned 1GW Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park following the successful commissioning of a 13MW EPC scheme by First Solar in October 2013. We have issued a separate notification in relation to this project.

Our energy and natural resources group have acted on a range of energy projects including coal, gas, liquid fuel, biomass, waste, hydro, wave and tidal, biofuels, nuclear, solar (thermal and PV) and wind (onshore and offshore) plants. This includes the 7.2GW Forewind project, the largest offshore wind project in the world and the Facility D IWPP project undertaken by the Qatar General Electricity and Water Co (Kahramaa).

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