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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) appointed consultants for a technical and economic study to generate power by using clean coal.
The firms chosen as consultants were McKinsey & Company in association with the technical consultant Black & Veatch, and the legal consultant Allen & Overy.
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD & CEO of DEWA stated: “This study is a major step towards the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy, in which coal is set to become part of Dubai’s energy portfolio. The strategy aims to diversify energy sources to ensure energy supply and meet the growing energy demands in the Emirate of Dubai."
“The study was divided into two phases. In the first phase, the selected consultant will conduct a preliminary analysis on the type of technology, the type of coal and sourcing strategy which best suit DEWA’s requirements, to include logistics and infrastructure requirements, as well as environmental impacts in association with the first coal-based power plant for DEWA. The second phase comprises setting technical and business specifications to implement and establish coal-based power plant after the request of bid submission and assessment,” Al Tayer further added.
This tender has received a world-wide response, as more than 16 national and international consultancy companies expressed their wish to participate in the tender to study the economic technology of generation energy by using clean coal.
DEWA is expected to finish this study in September 2011, and afterwards there will be another study for second phase in the last quarter of current year.