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UAE: $3.2bn solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi

In conjunction with international partners, ADWEA will develop the world's largest solar power, valued at $3.2bn, in Abu Dhabi, UAE

The world’s largest independent solar power plant is going to be constructed in Suweihan, Abu Dhabi [representational image].
The world’s largest independent solar power plant is going to be constructed in Suweihan, Abu Dhabi [representational image].

The UAE capital is going to be the site of the world’s largest independent solar power plant, valued at $3.2bn (AED11.75bn).

The project, which will be built in Suweihan, Abu Dhabi, was launched during a ceremony held yesterday under the patronage of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The contract to build and operate the 1,177MW plant was signed by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), along with a consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and China’s JinkoSolar Holding.

Quoting HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, UAE state news agency, WAM, noted that the solar photovoltaic (PV) plant is expected to position Abu Dhabi as the global capital for best economic, environmental, and technological practices.

Sheikh Hazza said: “This project translates the vision of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the directives of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide efficient alternatives for energy and to diversify the UAE economy away from oil."

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