Dubai – Hatta is currently constructing the first Gulf hydropower plant. Officials from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Diva) said that construction is 44% complete. 250 MW of electricity will be generated by the Dh240 million project. It has a storage capacity up to 1500 MW and can produce electricity for up to 80 years. Yesterday, Diva CEO Saeed al Thayer inspected the progress of the Upper Dam construction and the power generators.
The upper reservoir’s concrete wall was finished with a 37 m-long roller concrete wall. The wall for the main dam is being constructed. It measures 70 meters high. The 12 km underground tunnel connects the dams. The Upper Dam stores water and flows through an underground tunnel to generate electricity using a turbine.
It is designed so that water can be pumped through the tunnel to the top and stored there. The solar energy from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park pumps the water to the reservoir. A tourism development project is also being built here, in addition to the power project. It includes approximately five and a quarter kilometers of cable car.