Work begins on 12MW Masdar overseas solar project
Seven solar plants, due for completion by Q4 2016, are being developed by Masdar in Mauritania, with Greece's CCC awarded the construction tender
Construction work has commenced on seven solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritania, which are being developed in collaboration with Abu Dhabi's Masdar.
The seven plants will boast a total capacity of 12MW, and are Masdar's second initiative in the country.
Greece's Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has been awarded the construction tender.
Project completion is expected by the fourth quarter of 2016.
The plants are expected to meet up to 30% of electricity demand in the towns they are being developed in.
These include Boutilimit, Aleg, Aioune, Akjoujt, Atar, Al Shami and Boulenour.
Three plants will each offer 1MW of power, while three others will be 2MW, and one will have 3MW capacity.
Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, remarked on the project: "We know that the renewable energy market is rapidly growing across the globe, and because innovative and ever-evolving technologies are increasingly injecting impetus to the commercial viability of clean energy, we are confident that these PV plants will further serve as testament to the tremendous social impact that Masdar's global renewable energy projects are facilitating.
"Solar energy solutions provide extraordinary opportunities to address Mauritania's growing energy needs economically and efficiently, while simultaneously improving access to energy and security of supply," he added, according to Arabian Business.