Dubai strengthens energy ties with China and South Korea

A high level delegation representing the energy sector in Dubai has visited China to look at the latest global practices in the area of sustainable energy and the diversification of its sources. The delegation exchanged knowledge on the usage of conventional power plant technologies (using ultra super critical power plant-coal and synthetic gas) to generate electricity and produce desalinated water.

The delegation was headed by HE Saeed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Supreme Energy Council and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) along with other members and representatives of the Supreme Council for Energy and DEWA. The delegation conducted field visits to look closely at the best standards and technologies used in coal power plants in China.
The delegation held a meeting with Chinese representatives, Zimin Gao, chairman of the board of directors of Shenzhen Company delegation, and Huilong Wang, its CEO, as well a number of senior officials. The two delegations agreed on several areas of cooperation and identified the initiatives that will be considered in the coming months.
"Our visit comes in line with Dubai's strategy to diversify the sources of energy and to meet the growing future needs through the use of a variety of sources to generate electricity and water focusing on the highest international standards in environmental preservation and safety," Al Tayer said. "The modern plant was launched in 2008 with a production capacity reaching 1200 MW best technologies in its design, efficiency and the preservation of the environment were introduced. Its efficiency reached 45 per cent, and that is high compared with the efficiency of the plants that run on natural gas or LNG. The techniques that have been also developed, enabled the reduction of waste in the water during the cooling process close to near zero, and the gas emissions were at the minimum international standards.
“The efficiency of fuel produced by burning charcoal inside the station reached 99 per cent and the emissions of sulphur oxidised were at low levels and therefore isolated from the coal fuel during the burning process. It is worth mentioning that during our visit to the station and looking at the reports of the operation and maintenance was confirmed to match the actual performance design of the station and specifically its efficiency and environmental conservation.”
The delegation also had a field visit to a plant which generates electricity through coal technology using high-resolution and high efficiency (Ultra Super Critical Power Plant). The use of coal technology in the production of electricity and water desalination is considered one of the long-term initiatives and strategies of Dubai as an alternative to its current energy mix.
Al Tayer also led a delegation to South Korea to cooperate and explore the latest technologies and practices in the field of nuclear energy. The visit was in line with UAE policy for civil usage of nuclear energy and the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee decree issuance by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to undertake the responsibility of supervising activities related to civil usage of nuclear energy for Dubai.
The delegation met Kepco President and CEO, Ssang Su Kim, along with senior officials and conducted a field visit to a nuclear power plant. The two parties discussed the possible cooperation areas as well as recent available technologies in the field of civil nuclear energy (electricity).
In addition, the delegation visited Doosan Heavy Industries and met Doosan COO, Shim Kyu Sang, and visited a manufacturing firm for heavy nuclear energy equipment used in the NPP civil programme.
"Our visit comes in line with Dubai's interest to enhance the knowledge and expand the horizons of cooperation with international companies such as Kepco,” Al Tayer said. “Also the need to meet the growing future needs through the use of a variety of sources to generate electricity and water focusing on the highest international standards in environmental preservation and safety in line with UAE's federal policy."

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