Power utilities leader ties up with Shanghai Electric to announce $408m environment-friendly power project in UAE
- United Arab Emirates: Sunday, October 21 - 2012 at 17:30
- PRESS RELEASE
After announcing its ambitious $408m (Dhs1.5bn) coal power plant in the UAE recently, Utico Middle East, the GCC's largest private full service utility and solutions provider, is now taking its mission to provide clean coal power to the rest of the GCC.
The Dhs1.5bn facility is expected to be completed in 2015 and will generate 270 MW of power when fully functional.
Richard Menezes, Managing Director of Utico, described the facility as a milestone development for the Arab world that would enable GCC nations to meet their utility requirements while showcasing their commitment towards clean, green energy resources.
The project assumes special significance for Gulf States as they explore all possible avenues to meet the growing demand for power from the region's industries and consumers.
"Clean coal-fired energy is acknowledged to be even cleaner and greener than gas-reliant energy. By deploying Shanghai Electric's superior energy-efficient and proven technology at the plant, we are confident of reducing flue gas desulphurization, carbon dioxide emissions almost to zero, and setting the benchmark for cleaner energy to the world," Menezes explained.
Coal-fired power plants produce almost 65% of the world's energy today but none of them are in the GCC due to the environmental concerns and high costs associated with clean coal technology.
Coal-fired plants generate power burning coal in a boiler to heat water to more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (540 degrees Celsius) that, in turn, produces steam. The steam, at tremendous pressure, flows into a turbine, which spins a generator to produce electricity. The steam is cooled, condensed back into water, and returned to the boiler to start the process over.
The UAE facility will utilise 100% carbon capture technology as nominal design capacity and 80% at operational point and this will involve the establishment of world-class power generation facilities and environmental protection standards and related utility infrastructure. This project will also lower power tariffs, thus benefitting consumers and providing support for economic growth.
Utico is currently in talks with Dubai which wishes to procure 12% of its power from clean coal as well as other GCC countries to implement this unique clean energy project at substantially lower power tariffs. Discussions are also underway with the Oman government to finalise power, water and hospitality projects, which includes local employment generation and lowering water and power tariffs.
As per the terms of the agreement, Shanghai Electric will be equity partners in the project as well as provide the knowhow and technology while Utico Middle East will be joint equity partners along with several prominent investors. Utico and Shanghai Electric will also operate and maintain the project. Utico is the power off-taker of the project.
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