June 12 (Renewables Now) - EDF (EPA:EDF) has won a AED-58-million (USD 15.8m/EUR 14.1m) consultancy contract for a 250-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power project in Dubai.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Monday it has selected the French utility to carry out the work, which includes design, hydro-geological, geological, environmental, geotechnical and deep excavation studies. EDF will also provide consultancy on deep-water tunnel designs, the dam and hydroelectric power station, the tender for material supply, supervision of construction work, site installation, on-site testing and commissioning.
The AED-1.92-billion hydroelectric power station to be built by DEWA will use the existing Hatta Dam and an upper reservoir that will be constructed in the mountain. Solar power will help pump water to the upper reservoir during off-peak hours, and the hydropower plant will produce power for DEWA's grid when demand is high.
In February, it was reported that 12 bids have been placed in response to DEWA's call for the provision of engineering consultancy services for the pumped-storage project. The latter is part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which also envisages the installation of multiple rooftop solar systems and electric vehicle charging stations.
(AED 1 = USD 0.272/EUR 0.243)