Supporting energy mix diversification
The Hassyan power plant, a 2400MW capacity coal power plant currently under construction in Dubai, will play an important role supporting the UAE Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The strategy aims to diversify sources of power generation to incorporate 44 per cent clean energy, 38 per cent gas, 12 per cent coal and 6 per cent nuclear across the UAE by 2050. This represents a major shift as according to the latest figures from the International Energy Agency, the UAE produced almost all of its 110 TWh of power output in 2014 from natural gas and oil. Hassyan will also provide a 25 per cent boost to Dubai’s current grid capacity, producing the equivalent electricity to power approximately 1.3 million people at a competitive cost. Phase 1 of the project consists of four units of 600 MW net power each, which will respectively be operational in March 2020, March 2021, March 2022, and March 2023.
The Hassyan Energy Company, a joint-venture between Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and ACWA Power Harbin Holding Company, will own and operate the Hassyan power plant. Through an EPC partnership with Harbin Electric International, GE will provide its ultra-supercritical (USC) y technology and advanced environmental control systems (ECS).
“We are committed to supporting, with all our best-in-class expertise, capabilities and technologies, Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050. I am fully confident that signing the EPC agreement with Harbin Electric International and General Electric (GE) will secure the delivery of the required works efficiently and with high quality results.” Said Mr. Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power.
Competitive cost of electricity with minimal environment impact
GE’s proven ultra-supercritical technology will enable the Hassyan power plant to run at a higher steam temperature and pressure than a regular coal-fired plant. This means the plant’s efficiency will be significantly higher than the global average, resulting in lower operating costs for the developer, and in lower CO2 emissions.
To further lower the electricity cost, GE has been taking advantage of its worldwide manufacturing network and most specifically its center of expertise in China that will deliver the steam turbines, the boilers, and the environmental control systems.
With GE’s advanced environmental control systems including electrostatic precipitators (ESP) and seawater flue gas desulphurization (SWFGD) systems, Hassyan will achieve emission levels at stack (NOx, SOx and dust) equivalent to the NOx-levels of gas-fired power plants and meet the limits set for flue gas emissions which are stricter than the emission limits in the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) of the European Union and in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) guidelines, making it one of the cleanest coal-fired power plants in the world today.