|22 September, 2019

Dubai Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase IV work 30% completed

Once ready, the fourth phase will generate 950 megawatts with an investment of $4.29 billion

Rendering of 950 megawatt Phase IV of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Rendering of 950 megawatt Phase IV of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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More than 30 per cent of the work on Phase Four of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world's largest single-site independent power producer (IPP) solar park being built at an investment of Dh50 billion ($13.6 billion), has been completed.

The Phase Four of the mega solar project will boast both Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic technology to provide clean energy for 320,000 residences and also help reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, said a statement from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Once ready, the fourth phase will generate 950 megawatts (MW) with an investment of Dh15.78 billion ($4.29 billion), it stated.

The scope of work includes the construction of the world's tallest 260-m solar tower and the world's largest global thermal storage capacity of 15 hours; allowing for energy availability round-the-clock, it added.

The Phase Four of the project will use three technologies to produce 950 MW of clean energy, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, while on an inspection visit to the project site.

He was accompanied by Waleed Salman, Executive VP of Business Development and Excellence at Dewa; Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, VP of Clean Energy & Diversification and a number of Dewa officials.

Al Tayer said the project will use 700MW of CSP; 600MW from a parabolic basin complex and 100MW from a solar tower; and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels, he added.

During the visit, Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, the executive managing director of Noor Energy 1, briefed Al Tayer about the construction progress.

Noor Energy 1 is a joint venture between Dewa, Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, and China’s Silk Road Fund to build the Phase Four.

On the project progress, Al Muhaidib said more than 30 per cent wor the Phase Four has been completed with the central solar tower going beyond 50 m. The foundation of molten salt tanks and turbines too is also ready, he stated.

The parabolic trough (PT), production line was recently inaugurated to produce the first of 63,600 units.

The overall progress of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park had reached 16 per cent. Once completed by 2030 at an investment of up to, it will boast 5,000MW capacity.

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