UAE energy minister tours Dubai's MBR solar park

Energy minister Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei was accompanied by DEWA officials at the solar park, where the delegation reviewed a $75m main 400/132kV substation as well

DEWA has received five bids for MBR Solar Park's 800MW third phase. [Image: DMO]
DEWA has received five bids for MBR Solar Park's 800MW third phase. [Image: DMO]

The UAE's energy minister, accompanied by officials from his ministry and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), conducted a tour of Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. 

The park's $74.8m (AED275m) main 400/132kV substation, and a control-centre compound in Warsan, were also covered by the officials. 

Energy minister Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei was accompanied by undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy Matar Hamed Al Neyadi; DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, charman of ACWA Power Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan, and other DEWA staff members.

Al Mazrouei’s first visit was to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is managed and operated by DEWA.

The park is the largest single-site project to generate electricity from solar energy in the world, based upon an independent power producer (IPP) model.

The 13 megawatt (MW) first phase of the project became operational in October 2013, while the 200MW second phase will begin operating in April 2017.

Plans call for it to produce 1,000MW of electricity by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. 

DEWA has received five bids for the park’s 800MW third phase, with the lowest at $0.03 (2.99 cents) per kilowatt (kW).

The next step in the bidding process will review the technical and commercial aspects of the proposals to select the best bid.

The delegation also visited the construction sites for the research and development and the innovation centres, which are to be completed by 2018. 

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