As part of its 2030 strategy, which entails securing 12 per cent of its power capacity from coal, Dubai is planning to build a 1200 MW clean coal-fired power plant.

State-owned Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is seeking bidders to build what would be the first such project of its kind in the Gulf Arab region.

The utility has issued a request for tenders for the plant, which will be built in two phases to generate 600 MW each when completed in 2020 and 2021 respectively, a statement from Dewa said yesterday.

The move is part of an emerging trend whereby Gulf nations are looking to diversify their energy mix to preserve oil and gas reserves for export, which generate significant sums for their economies.

The scheme is a revision of the Hassyan independent water and power project which the Dubai government cancelled last April, according to Project Finance International, a Thomson Reuters unit.

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