Emirates Water & Electricity Company (Ewec) has set a bid deadline of 31 October for the planned 2 Gigawatt (GW) solar project in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi seeks solar power plant tenders

Ewec announced last week that it had issued the request for proposals (RFP) to prequalified bidders for the independent power project (IPP), which will be located in the Al-Dhafra area. According to sources close to the project, developers have been given until 31 October to submit technical and commercial proposals.

It was reported in April that Ewec had received prequalification documents from at least 25 companies for the planned photovoltaic (PV) solar project. The client had earlier received expressions of interest from 48 firms.

The project will involve the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the solar plant under a long-term power purchase agreement. The successful developer will form a special-purpose vehicle (SPV) company in partnership with Ewec. The developer consortium will own up to 40 per cent of the SPV.

The project will be Abu Dhabi’s second major PV solar scheme.

Solar ambitions

In February 2017, the emirate awarded a contract to a consortium led by Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and China’s Jinko Solar to develop a 1,177MW PV solar IPP at Sweihan, the world’s largest single-site solar project.

The Sweihan solar project reached commercial operation in late June this year.

The solar projects form part of the UAE’s target of 50 per cent clean energy by 2050, of which 44 per cent will come from renewable energy.


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