Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) 250MW Hatta pumped storage plant is currently 58.48% complete, with the project planned for completion in Q4 of 2024.

During a recent visit to the site, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, inspected the construction site at the hydroelectric power plant, where he was briefed about the work progress. The visit also included the inspection of the power generators site and the upper dam, where the water intake in the Hatta Dam connected to the power generators has been completed. Construction of the 72m main Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) wall of the upper dam has been completed. Al Tayer also inspected the work progress of the water tunnel, which is 1.2km long and connects the two dams. The concrete lining of the water tunnel is complete.

The pumped storage hydroelectric power plant in Hatta is part of DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of Dubai’s total power production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The project supports the comprehensive plan to develop Hatta and meet its social, economic, developmental and environmental needs, in addition to providing innovative job opportunities for citizens in Hatta.

Al Tayer noted that the hydroelectric power plant in Hatta is part of the projects and initiatives launched by DEWA to diversify energy production from renewable and clean sources in Dubai. These include different available technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels, concentrated solar power, and green hydrogen production using renewable energy.

The plant is the first of its kind in the GCC, with investments of up to AED 1.421 billion.