The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has selected Masdar-led consortium for the 800MW third phase of the $13.6bn Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Seih Al-Dahal.
The Masdar-led consortium is comprised of Spanish companies Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Gransolar Group. It will implement the third phase of the solar project, which will be constructed based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
UAE’s State Minister and Masdar chairman Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "Phase three of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a clear signal that solarpower is a reliable and commercially viable technology, and a key part of the UAE’s well-diversified energy strategy."
The third phase of the Dubai solar park is expected to be operational by 2020.
The consortium was chosen after significant competition and evaluation of numerous offers. It bid a levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of $2.99 every kilowatt hour (kW/h).
In total, DEWA has received 95 expressions of interest (EOI) from different international energy companies in response to the authority’s tender request over 8 September to 29 September last year.
On 28 December 2015, Dewa issued a request for proposals (RFP) to qualified bidders and received five bids from different international organisations.
On completion, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.
Dewa’s managing director and chief executive Saeed Al Tayer said: "We strive to implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 25% of Dubai’s total power output by 2030 and 75% by 2050."
The new solar facility will be able to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 6.5 million tonnes every year.
Image: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Photo: courtesy of Masdar.