DEWA issues RFP for Phase 4 of MBR Solar Parkby Jochebed Menon on Jan 22, 2017
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to bidders for a 200 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) power plant, Phase 4 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar energy project of its kind in the world, based on the independent power producer (IPP) model.
The 13MW first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW second phase of the Solar Park will be operational by 2017.
In June 2016, DEWA announced that the Masdar-led consortium was the selected bidder for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, to be completed by 2020, based on the IPP model, after getting a levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).
The total capacity of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will reach 1,000MW by 2020, and 5,000MW by 2030, with total investments of $13.6bn (AED50bn).
The project is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai, reaching a total energy output of 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “This 200MW CSP Plant will be operational by April 2021, since we intend to continue generating 1,000MW from CSP by 2030.
"We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 of a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development in Dubai, as well as Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a smart and sustainable city, whose environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable.
“We also support the long-term green economy for sustainable development initiative to build a green economy in the UAE.