|15 January, 2019

Abu Dhabi pumps $2.2bln into renewable energy sector

Abu Dhabi's investments in the clean energy sector started in 2006 through Shams 1

A section of solar power plant Shams 1 is seen during the official inauguration, at Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi. image used for illustrative purpose

A section of solar power plant Shams 1 is seen during the official inauguration, at Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi. image used for illustrative purpose

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The total investments by Abu Dhabi government in the renewable energy sector has surged to Dh8 billion ($2.17 billion), thus reflecting positively on the sustainability of the industry for future generations, said a senior UAE government official.

Abu Dhabi's investments in the clean energy sector started in 2006 through Shams 1, the largest renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East at the cost of Dh2.2 billion with a capacity of 100 megawatts, remarked Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, the chairman of the Department of Energy.

The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity, he noted.

"The emirate's investments in the clean energy sector will witness significant growth this year due to a number of new projects in the production of reverse osmosis water and solar electricity production, to be announced in the coming days during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019," stated Al Marar.

Abu Dhabi, he stated, has built the world's largest independent solar power plant, Noor Abu Dhabi, in Sweihan with a 1.17GW capacity at a cost of Dh3.2 billion.

"An Asian consortium consisting of JinkoSolar of China and Marubeni of Japan offered a tariff of 2.42 cents per kWh, making it the lowest ever levelised cost of electricity bid for solar power," he added.

Part of the production of the Noor Abu Dhabi power station, he noted, has been entered into the electricity network. The entire project is expected to be operational in April and will be connected to the Abu Dhabi electricity network.

Al Marar said that the department is preparing to launch new projects in the energy sector that will contribute to the sustainability of the energy sector in the emirate, including a new project to generate electricity from solar energy in Abu Dhabi with a capacity of 1500 MW in the first quarter.

"In addition to this, we are preparing to design a project to produce reverse osmosis water on the main contractor by the end of Q3," noted the official.

"Abu Dhabi has been the best in producing water at the lowest prices, which is reflected positively on consumers," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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