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
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.
Publish on 27/10/2017
Located in Assouan, southern Egypt, the solar plants will be part of one of the largest solar complexes currently under construction anywhere in the world – Benban Solar Project - with a total capacity of 1.8 GWAC. Funding of both plants will be provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency, specialised in investments in southern countries. EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Elsewedy Electric group will be co-shareholders of both solar plants. A power purchase agreement has been signed with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for a period of 25 years. The construction of the solar power plants will begin in the first quarter of 2018, as soon as the final conditions on the electricity sale contract are approved by the Egyptian authorities.
The project contributes to EDF’s ambition of reaching 50 GW in renewable installed capacity by 2030 and illustrates EDF’s international strategy of breaking into markets with a high development potential. Egypt aims to double the share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020.
Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of the EDF Group stated "Our contribution to Benban Solar project illustrates our leadership in the development of low carbon energies. We are proud to support the energy transition in Egypt thanks to renewable projects with a local industrial partner, which is in line with the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy”.
* The PPA covers a capacity expressed in MWac, the standard measure of alternating current.
Publish on 15/09/2017
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Signature of the partnership agreement to foster technical education within the Nachtigal project zone
Publish on 07/07/2017
The Minister of Secondary Education and the General Manager of Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) have signed this Thursday June 22 a partnership agreement aiming at reinforcing technical secondary schools within the Nachtigal project zone through the improvement of their infrastructures and equipment. The beneficiaries are the technical secondary schools of Mbandjock, Ntui, Obala and Batchenga.
Beyond the improvement of infrastructures and equipment in the aforementioned schools, both parties undertake through this agreement to collaborate to foster education in civil, electric and mechanic engineering through trainings, site visits, internships …
This agreement is part of NHPC’s environmental and social commitments within the framework of the Nachtigal Amont project, and aims at implementing actions with positive economic and social impact that meet the expectations of the local populations, as well as those of the Cameroonian government.
As a reminder, the Nachtigal Amont project is a hydroelectric project developed by NHPC for the construction of a dam, a 420MW hydro powerplant on the Sanaga River and a 225kV electricity transmission line. Up to 1,500 workers shall be mobilized for the construction of this facility, two third of whom being recruited within a 30km radius.
The signature of this agreement reflects the importance that NHPC holds for the training and professional insertion of young Cameroonians.
Publish on 07/07/2017
The agreement formalises a mutual interest to establish a sustainable and balanced partnership on a range of topics across the electricity value chain. The topics mentioned in the MoU include (among others): power generation (hydropower, thermal), transmission of electricity and regional interconnections, distribution of electricity, ongrid/offgrid electrification, renewable energy, reduction of energy losses programs, certified training and capacity building.
The cooperation will aim to facilitate the sharing of expertise, experience and best practices as well as technical assistance initiatives between both technical teams with regards to technical and organisational process optimisation, operational performance enhancement and skills development. It will also facilitate the evaluation and implementation of joint project opportunities as strategic partners.
The MoU between EDM and EDF strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two national utilities, which started 30 years ago. EDM and EDF have worked jointly on a number of activities including engineering and construction supervision within the fields of hydro power generation (Mphanda Nkuwa, Mavuz and, Chicamba) and electricity transmission (STE, Mozambique-Zimbabwe interconnection, National Control Center feasibility study, Electricity IV, Chibata, Matola and Pemba projects).
EDM Board Member for Operations Mr Carlos Yum said: “The objective of this partnership is to enable EDM to carry out its activities in line with the best international practices and standards in power infrastructure development and operation, by capitalizing on EDF’s vast experience. Within the coming years, EDM’s ambition is that all of EDM’s technical staff in the area of transmission operation must be at par or better than counterparts in utilities in developed countries in Europe, America or Asia. This is a necessary requirement to provide secure and reliable power supply to attract investment into both electrical infrastructure as well as investments by intensive users of energy, commercial and domestic customers, and in support of electrification of the country”.
Publish on 28/06/2017
This signing marks an important step in the implementation of the Nachtigal project foreseen by the Electricity Sector Development Plan. It enables the launch of the detailed review process of the project and the contracts by the future lenders as part of the completion of the financing planned for the end of 2017.
On the same day, Jean-Bernard Lévy also signed a cooperation agreement with the Minister of Water and Energy, which confirms the Group’s desire to take part in the development of Cameroon.
Publish on 25/04/2017
This agreement marks a big milestone in the progress of the Nachtigal project, a hydroelectric power plant that will be built on the Sanaga River at the upstream Nachtigal site. This development, put in place by NHPC, foresees the construction of a dam and a power station with a total capacity of 420 MW by 2020.
It will provide the country with an additional source of stable electricity and will contribute positively to the regional and national economy.
Publish on 26/01/2017
This partnership will take the initial form of a joint venture – ZECI – in Ivory Coast. This first joint venture aims to supply power to nearly 2 million people in Ivory Coast by year 2020, with plans to rapidly extend the partnership’s initiatives to other countries in the region.
Within the scope of this joint venture, ZECI, EDF and Off Grid Electric install and maintain solar kits for rural and peri-urban households.
These individual kits include solar panels, which are easy to install, along with batteries for storing energy. Payment can be made through the simple use of a mobile phone. Customers have therefore access to lighting and are able to power a suite of energy-efficient household appliances including television sets, radios, fans and mobile phone chargers.
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Publish on 13/01/2017
Jean Bernard Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, attended the 20th anniversary of EDF’s presence in Morocco on 5 and 6 January in Casablanca and Rabat. He welcomed the historic partnerships established with ONEE and other major Moroccan public and private participants, and discussed with his interlocutors the major ongoing projects that will permanently transform the group’s presence in the country and the region.
Therefore, EDF puts its know-how in the field of renewable energies (solar, wind), hydroelectric production and energy efficiency, serving its customers and partners. In addition, the group wishes to use its experience acquired in the field of gas to power to contribute to the development of Liquefied Natural Gas in the Kingdom.
Jean-Bernard Levy said: “For EDF, Morocco is a strategic country in which we want to develop over time and on a large scale. Its energy policy priorities are in line with the strategic objectives of the group’s international development”.
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