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Masdar pens second Mauritania solar deal

Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Company to deliver seven projects totaling 12MW.

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Masdar is to make its second foray into the solar power sector in the West African nation of Mauritania.

Under a deal signed with the country’s Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines - the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company will deliver a further 12MW megawatts (MW) of power by 2016 through seven separate solar photovoltaic (PV) projects each serving a different town.

Three of the solar plants will be 1MW each, three will be 2MW and one will be 3MW, Masdar said in a statement, adding that they would supply an average of 30% of each town’s power needs.

When complete, the solar-power projects are expected to displace 6 million liters of diesel fuel per year and 16,134 tonnes of CO2 each year.

“Projects like these unlock significant economic and social benefits by providing more reliable and efficient local sources of electricity,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar.

“Masdar is committed to showcasing how renewable energy can provide a cost-competitive solution to meeting rising energy demands and improving energy security for nations with isolated grids.”

Masdar will tender the project in the first quarter of this year and intends to engage local suppliers and contractors wherever possible.

It will also work closely with Mauritania’s government and its energy company Mauritania Electricity Company (Somelec), throughout the planning and delivery of the project.

“The significant addition of clean and reliable energy capacity, will make a major difference for businesses and residents in towns across Mauritania,” said Mohamed Salem Ould Vall, deputy director general, Somelec.

“In Masdar, we have a trusted partner with on the ground experience. Its extensive background in project delivery, both in Mauritania and globally, ensure it has the understanding and expertise required for the project.”

This is Masdar’s second solar project in Mauritania following the success of the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar PV Plant in Nouakchott, which delivers around 10% of the country’s energy needs.

The plant was commissioned in April, 2013.

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