DEWA hosts bidder conference for 200MW solar park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority hosts event for qualified bidders to ask technical, financial, and legal questions about the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

DEWA and the project’s consultants answered technical, financial and legal questions.
DEWA and the project’s consultants answered technical, financial and legal questions.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has hosted a conference for international developers who have been qualified to submit tenders for the 200MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

The 200MW CSP plant is the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Phase two of the project, a 200MW photovoltaic plant is due to come online this month, and comprises 2.2 million photovoltaic panels.

Construction of the 800 megawatt (MW) phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai began at the end of January, with the engineering, procurement and construction being carried out by a Masdar-led consortium.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be the world’s largest solar park on a single plot on completion, with a planned capacity of 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030.

With a total investment of $13.6bn, the project will eventually save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions, and has already set a record-low bid price for solar power generation of 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour.

DEWA released the initial request for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the phase four CSP project on 4 October 2016 and received 30 EOIs from international developers by the closing date of 27 October 2016.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to qualified bidders on 15 January 2017, and the submission date for this tender is May 2017.

During the conference at DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, DEWA and the project’s consultants answered technical, financial and legal questions about the phase four CSP project.

DEWA stated that the event supported its commitment to ensuring the highest standards of efficiency, accuracy, and speed in the implementation of its projects and initiatives to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

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