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Work starts on Masdar's Mauritanian solar plant

Solar PV scheme aimed at producing tenth of country's power

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The new plant will help meet 6% of Mauritania's energy demand. (GETTY IMAGES)
The new plant will help meet 6% of Mauritania's energy demand. (GETTY IMAGES)

Emirates News Agency has reported that work has started on Masdar’s solar PV plant in Mauritania, after the country’s president – Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz – laid the foundation stone for the project.

The scheme will see the construction of a 15 MW solar PV facility which will amount to 10% of Mauritania’s total generation capacity when completed.

Head of Special Projects at Masdar, Rashed Al Dhaheri, confirmed during the ceremony that Masdar would be building the project “in accordance with the highest international standards” and said the plant would meet 6% of total energy demand within the country.

Mauritania currently has an installed electricity generation base of 144MW – largely supplied by diesel generators.

Whilst solar is the focus of this scheme, the country’s wind energy potential has been assessed as being particularly significant – with the potential to produce four times the annual demand for energy.
 

 

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