News From Dubai re: Their New Power Plant

| October 24, 2020

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Dubai has fired up a coal-fired power plant to generate electricity. Despite its well-known oil wealth, this route was something the Dubai emirate has been planning for several years, to accommodate tourist and local traffic and provide sufficient electricity for the inhabitants of this small country.

From the article:  The construction of the $3.4 billion Hassyan plant in Dubai appears puzzling, as the United Arab Emirates hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency. It’s also building the peninsula’s first nuclear power plant and endlessly promotes its vast solar-power plant named after Dubai’s ruler. Dubai has also set the lofty goal of having the world’s lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050 — something that would be impacted by burning coal.

The coal plant’s arrival comes as Gulf Arab nations remain among the world’s hungriest for energy and amid political concerns over the use of natural gas imported from abroad, concerns underscored by a yearslong dispute with gas-producer Qatar, which is boycotted by four Arab nations, including the UAE. – article

It would be interesting to find out what Dubai’s government may say if someone over here tries to chastise them for starting up a coal-fired power plant.


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  1. KoB says:

    A coal fired power plant? OOOOOOOOKAAAAY? Wonder where the coal coming from? Germany shut down their mines, so I reckon it won’t be from there. Google Foo that one Gun Bunny, inquiring minds want to know.

    You’d think they’d build a power plant that would run off of what they have close by…that’s plentiful. Hmmmmmm, what does the Middle East have in quantity that would burn to make electricity? Hmmmmmm?

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “Wonder where the coal coming from?”
      From West Virginia. By coal fired steam locomotive to Hampton Roads.
      Then by coal fired steamship to Dubai. The long way.

      • KoB says:

        Heh heh! The gazilmegkilwatt coal fired plant up the road from here gets a trainload of that high speed low drag low sulfur Rocky Mountain mined coal, everyday. BNSF brings them 300 car loads…Every.Damn.Day. We did a lot of cable work on that plant and upgraded ’bout everything to fiber optic awhile back. Asked the head man why they didn’t use the coal out of WV or AL that was so much closer. He laffed and laffed. Eco hippies! They spent 13Billions USD on scrubbers and a covered loading/unloading/processing yard for that 300 car loads of coal that came in Every.Damn.Day.

        And now they catching hell for the ash ponds that are all over the place and have leached into the folks’ wells. The whole county is the base of Stone Mountain just a little bit under the top soil. They fixin’ to spend another bloody fortune bringing a water line from about 20 miles away to hook up a municipal water supply for the handful of residents (comparatively speaking) that are in the area. Saddest part of all that is a majority of the power generated at that plant is sent to Florida. They took an original water powered plant off line here recently. And that was after building a water pipeline thru 40 miles of countryside to keep the water supply lakes’ water level at a certain depth.

    • Hate_me says:

      Most likely source will be China, via that corridor of their Belt & Road Initiative. This should be concerning for US hegemony. The Emirates have strong reason for shifting focus from gas to coal, and China is likely the most-able player to logistically support this.

  2. doug says:

    “It would be interesting to find out what Dubai’s government may say if someone over here tries to chastise them for starting up a coal-fired power plant.”

    Point at the renewables and tell the Karens that they’re not enough now or in the future?

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      What the Dubai government might say to scolding Watermelons?

      What is the Arabic for “go pound sand”

      • Hate_me says:

        Translations are difficult with idioms (and most poignant interjections are idiomatic).

        The closest I can think of would be تراجع (te-ra-jah) or إنصرف بإهانة (in-sarf-bi-i-han-ah)… both basically translate to “F-off!” or “Damn you/Go to Hell!”

        Most Iraq vets will recognize اِمْشِ‎ (im-shee) as, simply, “go away,” or, literally, “walk!”

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    I guess solar panels don’t work that close to the equator.

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Love to see/read Poodle Dick’s attempts to chastise Dubai for having a coal fired power plant.

    Maybe Dubai would invite Poodle Dick over for a long, heartfelt discussion (rant), and the Arabs could keep him there. Ahhhhhh……a match made in hell.

    • Hate_me says:

      The Emiratis are much too smart for that. They recruit plenty of Americans, but they only hire competent ones.

      It takes a lot of incompetence to fail as a Civil Affairs officer.

      • Commissar says:

        Hey asshat,

        Having a mast cell disorder requiring injections once a week, drug infusions once a month, and drinking a mast cell stabilizer three times a day will end anyone’s career. Regardless of branch.

  5. CarolinGallego says:

    They must be doing something right. The roads and sidewalks, airports and bridges, are perfect in Dubai. Everything looks clean & strong. In U.S., everything is falling apart.

    • 5JC says:

      That is just the tourist and wealthy areas. Check out a low class foreign worker village some time.

      Everything was designed by American Architects, built by German Engineers with American Contractors and skilled labor from all over. Not one piece of modern Dubai was touched by anyone local. The locals run some of it now which is why the high rises frequently catch fire but mostly foreign managed by non-native companies.

    • David says:

      Once had a young airman with me where the Nazis lived below the Eagle’s Nest. His comment was that they couldn’t have been totally bad if they could live and appreciate the Berchtesgaden scenery…I had his ass touring Dachau in two hours.

    • NHSparky says:

      I heard the same thing about the Aramco facilities.

      Get out into Dahran, etc., not so pleasant.