Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dewa issues proposals for 200MW solar plant

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to all qualified bidders for its 200MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Power Plant being developed in the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

This supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global centre of clean energy and green economy, said a statement from Dewa.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar energy project of its kind in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

The 13MW first phase of the Solar Park was launched in 2013, while the 200MW second phase will be operational this year, it stated.

In June last year, Dewa had announced that the Masdar-led consortium was the selected bidder for the 800MW third phase of the Solar Park which would be completed by 2020, based on the IPP model, after getting a Levelised Cost of Electricity of $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).

Announcing the RFP move, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa, said: "This 200MW CSP Plant will be operational by April 2021, since we intend to continue generating 1,000MW from CSP by 2030. Undoubtedly, this project is another milestone achievement that will put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront in the region in producing renewable and clean energy, and supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed."

"We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 of a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development in Dubai, as well as Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a smart and sustainable city, whose environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable," he noted.

According to him, the total capacity of the solar park will reach 1,000MW by 2020, and 5,000MW by 2030, with investments of Dh50 billion ($3.24 billion).

This is part of Dewa’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 which will see the share of clean energy in Dubai total energy output at seven per cent by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030, and 75 per cent by 2050, observed Al Tayer.

"To achieve our vision to become a sustainable innovative world class utility, we are working to establish sustainability as the roadmap that secures a brighter and happier future for Dubai, by launching distinguished world-class initiatives and projects in green development," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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