The Hassyan site will have the potential for up to 9,000 MW and 600 million g/d of new capacity. The first cogeneration plant is likely to be P station, for which consultancy bids are due to be invited later in the year. The co-generation plant is expected to have capacity of about 2,500 MW of power and a substantial desalination element.

All of DEWA’s existing cogeneration plants are located at Jebel Ali. However, M station, which is now out to bid among contractors, will be the last at the site as a result of space constraints.

Lehbab will house up to 5,000 MW of open-cycle generating capacity and like the existing Al-Aweer complex will meet peak demand.

DEWA has already carried out environmental impact assessments (EIAs) of the two sites. The successful bidder for the new study contract will look at issues such as intake and outfall, feedstock delivery and connections to the existing grids. The first part of the study, covering Hassyan, is due to be completed by the end of September, with the Lehbab study following in late November.

DEWA is experiencing record growth in electricity and desalination demand as a result of an explosion in real estate developments.