Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar park

The new project will be built at a total cost of Dh14.2 billion

The new project will be built at a total cost of Dh14.2 billion

The UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated a new Smart Police Services centre on Saturday - claimed to be the "first of its kind in the world".

"This vision is supported by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in the emirate's total power output to 7 per cent by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030, and 75 per cent by 2050", noted Al Tayer.

"We have made steady progress in realising the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that was launched as part of our objective to transform Dubai into a global clean energy and green economy hub".

The largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030, said a statement from Dewa. "We are proud that by demonstrating their capabilities, our local talent have proved that they are ready to assume responsibility", he added.

According to Dewa, the Acwa-Shanghai consortium bid the lowest levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of $7.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).

The project will have the world's tallest solar tower, measuring 260 metres.

The power purchase agreement and the financial close are due to be finished shortly. And the largest single-site project will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of power when it is completed in the last quarter of 2020, parallel to the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Xinhua reported.

The UAE has pioneered the use of the technology, beginning in 2013 with Abu Dhabi's 100MW Shams 1 solar plant, the region's first utility scale solar project in the Middle East. Work is also now underway on a 150MW CSP plant in Morocco, while a proposed scheme in Tunisia promising to leverage the technology to export gigawatts of power to Europe via undersea cables. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017.

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