Utico tenders RAK solar power plant
Company seeking firms to build new 40MW solar power facility
Utico, one of the biggest privately-owned utilities companies in the UAE, has floated a tender for construction of its new 40MW solar plant in Ras Al Khaimah.
The company said the project is the first independently-owned solar plant to be developed in the UAE, and will "go a long way to bring sustainability and provide affordable power" to customers in the area.
The company said that it has also successfully closed its tender process for a project announced in November to build the world's biggest solar-powered desalination plant, which is also set to be built in Ras Al Khaimah.
Around 20 firms have taken part in the bidding process, it said.
The solar power firm will provide power not only to the desalination plant but also the local grid. There are also plans to connect to the federal grid which, if successful, will see it increase the size of the solar plant to 120MW in the future.
Utico's executive vice-chairman, Richard Menezes, said: "What the region’s utilities sector requires are proper regulation, government support, the freedom to serve a consumer within a set quality of service, and consumer satisfaction, not financial support.
"Meeting these requirements will help promote innovation along with better service and quick growth. That is the bottom line of utility development,” he added.
Utico has already announced several new green projects recently, including the 270MW clean coal power project, 40MW solar project, 100,000m3/day largest solar-powered desalination plant projects and several other utility development models.