Dubai’s ruler launches Marmoom Reserve project powered by solar
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a conservation project.
The Marmoom Reserve is the first unfenced desert project of its kind in UAE, and covers 10% of the Dubai’s total land.
The reserve is to be powered by a 5,000MW solar power complex.
The project will feature more than 20 environmental, cultural, and sports-related initiatives, all sponsored by nine local government agencies.
The reserve is located on 40 hectares of shrub and fertile land, and if full of nature – with more than 370 species of birds, and 10km of lakes.
With the mass of nature, the project will feature 10 animal and bird observation points, as well as recreational platforms such as yoga areas and an outdoor theatre, all powered by solar.
“Preserving and investing in the environment means preserving and investing in one of our most important assets. The Marmoom Reserve is an environmental, touristic and sporting addition to life in the UAE,” stated His Highness.
“The desert is beautiful and inspirational; it provides a peaceful shelter to plants, birds and people. Our goal is to provide a fertile and robust environment for plants, a natural reserve for animals, and an important destination for tourists and families.”
“When nine government agencies work as a team, the result will be exceptional, as reflected in the Marmoom Reserve,” he concluded.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.