DEWA invites tenders for phase V of Dubai solar park

MBR Solar ParkIn connection with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has invited tenders for setting up 900MW solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the fifth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The tenders need to be submitted before 22 August 2019.

Based on the independent power project (IPP) model, the winning bid will own 40 per cent stake of the operating project while DEWA will take 60 per cent. That apart, winner of the bid will enter into an agreement with DEWA to purchase the generated power for 25 years. So far, DEWA received letters of intent for the tender from 64 companies.

While the fifth phase of the solar park will be commissioned in stages starting from Q2 2021, the world’s largest single-site solar park will hold 5,000MW capacity by 2030 with investments of US$13.61bn. Dubai Clean Energy Strategy aims at providing 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.

“We are committed to completing the phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to the highest international standards with the latest solar power technologies. This supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the eight principles of Governance in Dubai, and the 50-Year Charter, which His Highness issued,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

“Meeting the clean energy objectives requires a capacity of 42,000MW of clean and renewable energy by 2050. To achieve our vision, we are working to establish sustainable major world-class projects in green development for Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

The 13MW first phase became operational in 2013 using PV solar panels. The 200MW PV second phase of the solar park was operational in March 2017. The 800MW PV third phase will be operational by 2020. The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world based on IPP, at a total investment of US$4.30bn. The fourth phase of the 950MW hybrid power plant will use three technologies such as 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a solar tower and 250MW from PV panels.

The project will feature the tallest solar tower in the world, 260 metres tall, and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.

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