Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $391m (AED1.437bn) contract to a consortium comprising of Strabag Dubai, Strabag, Andritz Hydro and Ozkar for the construction of a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta in the UAE.

With a capacity to generate 250MW of electricity, the hydroelectric power station is scheduled to be commissioned by February 2024. French electric utility company EDF will serve as the consultant for this project.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “This pumped-storage hydroelectric power station project is part of our efforts, initiatives, and plans to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“DEWA’s strategy supports the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to ensure a sustainable, happy future and support the UAE’s aim to become first in everything.”

The power plant will use the water in the Hatta Dam stored in an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain.

Water is pumped from the dam to the reservoir by turbines, which are powered by clean energy generated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

Upon completion, the project is expected to further diversify the energy mix and is also expected to help in achieving the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output using clean energy by 2050.

Al Tayer further added: “We are committed to supporting sustainable development, conserving natural resources and achieving economic, social and environmental development, in line with the aspirations of good leadership.

“Our use of hydroelectricity is part of our drive to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to increase the share of the clean energy mix in Dubai to 75% by 2050.”