ADWEA awards solar PV project to India’s Sterling and Wilson

India’s Sterling and Wilson has won the EPC and the operation and maintenance contract for the solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi

The Masdar Solar Park under construction in Abu Dhabi.
The Masdar Solar Park under construction in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has awarded India-based engineering firm Sterling and Wilson with both the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance contract for the world’s largest single location solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The plant is being jointly developed by Marubeni, a Japanese integrated trading and investment giant, along with Jinko, a global leader in the solar industry and ADWEA.

With construction already under way, the plant, which is spread over a desert area of 7,800 ha, is scheduled to be fully integrated with the grid in a record timeline of just 23 months. To top it all, the project was awarded at the lowest ever recorded bid in the history of PV solar, according to a post on the website of the Mumbai-based Sterling and Wilson.

Sterling and Wilson pointed out that the prestigious project would be playing a major role in helping Abu Dhabi achieve its aim of sustainability and energy diversification, through the use of clean energy/low carbon growth in accordance with the world’s vision of long-term environmental stewardship.

The plant, once commissioned, would save around seven million tonnes of carbon emissions every year, a number that would be a national landmark, it stated.

"We are fully geared and very excited to be a part of this important milestone in the global solar market," said Bikesh Ogra, the president for renewable energy at Sterling and Wilson.

Sterling and Wilson also has to its credit 1400 MW of best-performing solar power plants in various geographies and employs more than 3,000 engineers, project managers and designers.

The company has completed projects in the Philippines and South Africa, and a number of projects in Zambia, Niger and Morocco are currently under construction, Ogra added.


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