|23 May, 2019

Dubai's MBR Solar Park key phase to begin operational in June

Dewa said the construction of the 300MW third stage started earlier this year and will be operational in 2020

Image used for illustrative purpose. Rendering of 100 MW Central Tower plant of the fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Rendering of 100 MW Central Tower plant of the fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said steady progress is being made on the 300MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which will be operational in late June.

This will add a total of 600MW of clean energy to Dewa's network from July this year to January 2020.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. Once completed, it will generate 5,000MW by 2030 with investments of up to Dh50 billion ($13.6 billion).

Dewa said the construction of the 300MW third stage started earlier this year and will be operational in 2020.

The first stage has a capacity of 200MW and became operational in May 2018. It uses unique technologies, including over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells that use robots to maintain efficiency.

This stage provides over 60,000 residences with electricity, reducing over 270,000 tonne of carbon emissions every year.

According to Dewa, the 13MW photovoltaic Phase One of the MBR Solar Park became operational in 2013.

"The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017, and the 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020," remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and CEO after reviewing the progress of the 300 megawatt (MW) second stage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

During the visit, Al Tayer was accompanied by Waleed Salman, Executive VP of Business Development & Excellence at Dewa; Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, VP of Clean Energy & Diversification at Dewa and other officials.

Dewa is building the 800MW third phase of the solar park using photovoltaic technology in three stages, in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles.

This solar plant is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, with an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30% when compared to fixed installations.

Dewa recorded a world record in the cost of photovoltaic solar power for this phase of the solar park, at a Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of $2.99 cents per kilowatthour, using photovoltaic solar panels.

The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site solar IPP project in the world and combines CSP and photovoltaic technology. The phase will use hybrid technologies to produce 950MW of clean energy.

The Dubai utility established Shuaa Energy 2 with a 60% stake in the company in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and Electricité de France (EDF), through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles.

The consortium owns the remaining 40% of the company; Masdar owns 24% and EDF Energies Nouvelles owns 16%.

The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractors GranSolar and Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy are handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

Dewa had issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for developers to build and operate the fifth phase of the solar park with a capacity of 900MW.

The phase will use photovoltaic solar panels based on the IPP model and will be commissioned in stages from Q2 2021.-TradeArabia News Service

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