Abu Dhabi approves new 1500MW power plant
New facility in Mirfa will boost electricity exports to other emirates
Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council, chaired by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has agreed to the construction of a new 1500 MW power plant to be located in Mirfa, according to the Khaleej Times. The project is set to incorporate desalination capacity to produce 53 million gallons of water per day.
Director general of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Abudlla Saif Al Nuaimi, said of the announcement, “The project will satisfy the increasing demand for electricity, which is rising 11 per cent annually.”
With such rapidly increasing energy demand, the project is aimed at increasing Abu Dhabi’s electricity exports to other Emirates, increasing from 2000 MW in 2011 to 3900 MW by 2015. The scheme will involve the construction of a combined cycle plant capable of generating between 1000 to 1100 MW, as well as the installation of four gas turbines of 400 MW capacity.
The project is reportedly targeting a summer 2014 date to begin producing 400 MW, adding around another 1000 MW by the summer of 2015.
The present 200 MW power plant at Mirfa, run by the Al Mirfa Power Company, will be decommissioned to make room for the new facility.