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DEWA's Al Tayer reviews progress on 300MW second stage of Phase 3 at MBR solar park

The 800 MW third phase of the solar park is being built using photovoltaic (PV) technology, in three stages, on a total area of 16 square kilometres. The first stage with a capacity of 200MW became operational in May 2018

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The 300MW third stage will become operational in the first half of 2019, and the 300MW final stage will become operational in the first half of 2020
The 300MW third stage will become operational in the first half of 2019, and the 300MW final stage will become operational in the first half of 2020

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reviewed the progress on the 300 megawatt (MW) second stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

DEWA is implementing this phase using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) system in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary, EDF Énergies Nouvelles.

The 800 MW third phase of the solar park is being built using photovoltaic (PV) technology, in three stages, on a total area of 16 square kilometres. The first stage with a capacity of 200MW became operational in May 2018.

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The 300MW third stage will become operational in the first half of 2019, and the 300MW final stage will become operational in the first half of 2020.

DEWA recorded a new world record in the cost of photovoltaic solar energy for this phase of the solar park at a Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of USD 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour, using photovoltaic solar panels, based on the IPP model.

Representatives from Shuaa Energy 2, which is established and 60% owned by DEWA, briefed Al Tayer on the progress of the 300MW second stage of the third phase. Al Tayer emphasised the need to adhere to the highest standards of health, safety, and quality in the project, and executing it according to schedule.

DEWA launched Shuaa Energy 2 in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and Électricité de France (EDF), through its subsidiary, EDF Energies Nouvelles. The consortium owns the remaining 40% of the company; Masdar owns 24% and EDF Energies Nouvelles owns 16%.

The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractors GranSolar and Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy, are handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

Al Tayer also visited the 200MW first stage of the third phase. This solar plant is the first of its kind in the MENA region with an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30% when compared to fixed installations. It also uses unique technologies including over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells using robots to maintain a high-performance level.

The project provides over 60,000 residences with electricity, reducing over 270,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. It will generate 5,000MW by 2030.

The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017.

The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020, and the first stage of the 700MW CSP fourth phase will be commissioned in Q4 of 2020.

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