DEWA invites bids for 800MW third-phase development of $3.3bn solar energy programme

13 September 2015 (Last Updated September 13th, 2015 18:30)

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has invited bids for developing the third phase of its $3.3bn Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in UAE.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has invited bids for developing the third phase of its $3.3bn Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in UAE.

Located 50km south of the city, the phase is expected to have an 800MW photovoltaic capacity.

According to Solar Energy Industry Association, the renewable energy output from the phase will be enough to power more than 130,000 homes a year.

Winners for the project are likely to be announced in DEWA’s first quarter, reports Bloomberg.

"The renewable energy output from the phase will be enough to power more than 130,000 homes a year."

DEWA has also selected KPMG as the lead consultant for the development, which is expected to complete works for this phase over the following ten months.

The state-owned utility is still to take a decision on whether to construct the plant all at once or at different times to benefit from lower costs.

Commissioning of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which had been scheduled to start from 2018, will also be carried out in phases.

It is expected to generate a total of more than 1GW by 2030, which 13MW is already being fed into the grid under the first phase of development.

DEWA will be purchasing the output from the solar programme under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

In January this year, the utility awarded a contract to construct a 200MW unit under the second phase development of the solar park to Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power International and Spanish contractor TSK. It is expected to start commercial operations in two years.