UAE: Abu Dhabi constructing 350MW solar plant

Reports claim a developer will be picked in 2016 for Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority's solar plant in Sweihan

Masdar's developments in Abu Dhabi include solar projects.
Masdar's developments in Abu Dhabi include solar projects.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) is constructing a 350MW solar plant in the Emirate. 

The Sweihan plant is Adwea's first renewable project, and part of the Emirate's plan to produce 7% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. 

Existing renewable energy projects in the UAE capital include Masdar's developments, comprising solar projects, as well as Adwea's 11 gas-fired independent water and power projects (IWPPs). 

Abu Dhabi is also constructing the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, with its first reactor scheduled for commissioning in 2017. 

According to Reuters, a soruce said: "Adwea has just embarked on the process to select a developer for the solar photovoltaic project, which is aimed to be finalised by the middle of next year." 

The developer, which the report claims will be picked by mid-2016, will take a 40% stake in the project, with 60% to be held by Adwea.



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