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Dubai Awards ACWA $1.8 Billion Power-Plant Deal on Rising Demand

  • Coal-burning plant's capacity may reach 3,600 MW in 3 phases
  • Emirate's energy demand seen rising faster than forecast 5%

Dubai’s government-owned utility picked Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power International to partner in a $1.8 billion project to build the emirate’s first coal-burning generating plant as it steps up efforts to meet rising electricity demand.

The 1,200-megawatt facility will be followed by two more, each of the same size and using the same fuel, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said Tuesday at a news conference in Dubai. Power use in the emirate has risen 6.4 percent in 2015, faster than the utility’s forecast of 5 percent growth for the whole year, he said.