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Tendering for second Abu Dhabi solar plant to start this year

Abu Dhabi is pushing ahead with a second solar power plant. The first plant is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019.

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The tendering process for Abu Dhabi’s second solar power plant is expected to commence this year.

A senior official at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) revealed last week that bidders for the pv plant would be invited by the middle of 2018.

Last year ADWEA closed a $872 million financing package for its first solar power plant with capacity of 1,177 megawatts, the world's largest

The first plant is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019.

"We plan to invite bidders by the middle of 2018. The capacity will be the same as the first solar plant, if not more," Saif Saleh al Sayari, acting director-general of Adwea told Reuters at a renewable energy summit.

Details of the project will be announced in the coming months, he said.

Abu Dhabi aims to generate 7 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020; the government's green energy firm Masdar has launched renewable energy projects including solar plants in other countries.

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