Dubai looks to nuclear, clean coal for power

A quarter of Dubai's power from nuclear and clean coal by 2030

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Dewa MD and CEO HH Saeed Mohammad Al-Tayer.
Dewa MD and CEO HH Saeed Mohammad Al-Tayer.

Dubai plans to obtain almost a quarter of its power from nuclear and clean coal by 2030, according to DEWA MD and CEO HH Saeed Mohammad Al-Tayer.

“By 2030, 12% of our power will come from nuclear, either through importing from our neighbors or by building our own plant, and another 12% from clean coal,” Al-Tayer said, adding that a further 5% will be derived from renewable energy.

Dubai aims to build at least 2,000MW of nuclear reactors by 2030, while Dewa itself will have 9,800MW in hand by next year.

The Dubai government said in June last year it aimed to diversify its power-generation sources and improve efficiency to ensure an adequate energy supply through 2030.

Dubai, the second-biggest of the seven emirates, produces less than 4% of the nation’s oil. The emirate is seeking to guarantee power supply and cut emissions contributing to global warming.

The UAE holds about 7% of the world’s crude reserves, with most of the country’s deposits of oil and natural gas located in Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate.

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