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20/01/2017 - 20:00hs

Dubai opens bidding round for solar plant

Fourth phase of mega project will have a 200 megawatts capacity and it is expected to be operational by April 2021.

São Paulo – The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) opened bidding rounds for the construction of a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant of 200 megawatts capacity. The project is the fourth phase of the emirate’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. DEWA reported this Friday (20) that has asked to all the qualified suppliers to send proposals for the project. The information was published by news outlet Emirates News Agency (WAM).

“This 200 megawatts CSP plant will be operational by April 2021,” said DEWA’s CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. Masdar, the renewable energy company from Abu Dhabi, was selected to build the project’s third phase, with an 800 megawatts capacity. It should be concluded by 2020.

According to WAM, the solar park should reach the 1,000 megawatts capacity until 2020 and 5,000 megawatts until 2030, with an initial investment of AED 50 billion (USD 13.61 billion). It’s the world’s largest project of its kind, according to the news agency.

The emirate of Dubai is aiming to increase the share of renewable energies in its energy matrix to 7% in 2020, 25% in 2030 and 75% in 2050.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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