Hitachi ABB Power Grids to support Gulf region’s first pumped storage project

24 May 2021

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is to supply Andritz Hydro with state-of-the-art technology for grid connection and stabilization for the Hatta pumped storage hydroelectric power plant, under construction in the Hajar Mountains, UAE. 

Hatta is a first-of-its-kind project in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf region. It is being developed by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and will provide up to 250MW of clean, renewable and flexible energy when commissioned in early 2024. 

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been contracted to deliver two AC excitation systems, based on power electronic converters. The systems will ensure variable speed operations of the reversible rotating units. It will also supply an integrated solution to connect the plant to DEWA’s 132 kV network.  

This strategic project will help to diversify the energy mix in the UAE in line with goals set out in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy. This supports the goal of transforming Dubai into a global clean energy center by 2050 and increasing the clean energy portion of Dubai’s energy mix to 75 percent by 2050.  

“We are honored to be part of the development of the Arabian Gulf’s first hydropower plant,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business. Niklas continued, “Hitachi ABB Power Grids can deliver engineered packages as well as advanced solutions to support the Emirate’s sustainability goals, accelerating the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future with technologies that will benefit society.” 

The project comprises of a lower reservoir near the Hatta (Al Hattawi) dam with 1,716 million gallons of water capacity, and an upper reservoir built into the mountain about 300m higher with up to 880 million gallons of water storage capacity. During off-peak hours turbines will pump water about 4km from the lower to the upper reservoir, using power drawn from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. 

The state-of-the art technology provided to Andrtiz Hydro uses a PCS8000 converter for the AC excitation, enabling the machine to run at variable speed. 

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