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DEWA to reveal solar park contract winner

Dubai utility will award tender for 100MW expansion in January.

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The first phase of the solar park
The first phase of the solar park

Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA) will reveal the winner in January of a tender to develop the next phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, DEWA managing director and CEO, told reporters at a conference in Dubai, the AED 1bn ($270mn) contract will go to the “lowest” bidder that meets “the technical specifications.”, Gulf News reports.

The tender is to add 100 megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity to the park that opened in October 2013 with an initial 13MW. Ten shortlisted companies have submitted bids ranging from just under $6 cents per kWh to $14 cents per kWh.

DEWA released the tender for the solar park, which is planned to eventually reach 1,000MW capacity by 2030, in August this year.

ABB won the contract to build the substation that will connect the expanded solar park to the grid.

Meanwhile Al Tayer also revealed that bids for the 1,600MW Hassyan Clean Coal plant will close in January with the winner to be announced around April or May.

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