DEWA seeks clean coal advice from US firm
McKinsey & Company to assist DEWA in clean coal generation proposals
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said on Monday it has appointed international consultants to draw up a study on the prospects of delivering power by using clean coal, a report by arabianbusiness.com has said.
US-based McKinsey & Company in association with the technical consultant Black & Veatch, and the legal consultant Allen & Overy were selected as consultants, DEWA's managing director and CEO said.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said in a statement: "This study is a major step towards the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy, in which coal is set to become part of Dubai's energy portfolio.
"The strategy aims to diversify energy sources to ensure energy supply and meet the growing energy demands in the Emirate of Dubai."
The first phase of the clean coal project will see the consultants conduct a preliminary analysis on the type of technology, the type of coal and sourcing strategy which best suit DEWA's requirements.
The second phase comprises setting technical and business specifications to implement and establish a coal-based power plant in Dubai, Al Tayer added.
Al Tayer said Dubai "pays great attention to mitigate the impacts of air pollution, warm gases, and global warming", adding that DEWA is seeking to provide "alternative primary sources of energy at reasonable cost, while reducing the negative effects which cause harm to the environment".
More than 16 national and international consultancy companies bid to undertake the clean coal study, which is expected to be completed by September.