16 May, 2019

DEWA says phase 4 solar tower project on track at solar park

Solar field for the 100 MW tower is 73 percent complete

Construction site of 100 MW solar tower currently underway at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Construction site of 100 MW solar tower currently underway at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

DEWA handout via Thomson Reuters Projects

16 May 2019
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Wednesday that nearly three-fourth of the solar field for a 100 megawatt (MW) solar tower, part of the 950 MW Phase 4 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has been completed.

The 100 MW solar tower and a 600 MW parabolic basin complex together constitute the 700 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) component of Phase 4, DEWA said in a press statement.

The construction of the 260-metre solar tower is ahead of the planned schedule by seven percent, while the solar field, which includes the main structure for the assembly and installation of 70,000 heliostats, is 73 percent complete, the statement said, quoting Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, Executive Managing Director, Noor Energy 1, the project's developer.

Noor Energy 1, a joint venture between DEWA, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and China's Silk Road Fund, is developing the fourth phase at an investment of 15.78 billion UAE dirhams.

Phase 4 is the largest single-site CSP project in the world in terms of capacity, and incorporates 15 hours of storage enabling round-the-clock energy availability.

Last month, DEWA had announced that concrete base of solar tower has been completed. The statement had noted that 33 percent of the engineering work for the project has been completed.

DEWA has issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for developers to build and operate the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a capacity of 900MW. The IPP project will use solar PV panels, and would be commissioned in stages starting from the second quarter of 2021.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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