Shuaa Energy completes visitor centre at MBR solar park
Shuaa Energy 1 has completed a visitors’ centre as part of the 200MW second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Shuaa Energy 1 has completed a visitors’ centre as part of the 200MW second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The centre will have the latest SCADA and smart monitoring systems along with a room to view all the solar park’s projects.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the visitor’s centre during a visit to the park, along with other officials from the authority.
Representatives from Shuaa Energy 2, of which DEWA owns a 60% stake, briefed Al Tayer on the progress of the third phase of the solar park.
Shuaa Energy 2 was launched in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and Électricité de France (EDF), through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles. The consortium owns the remaining 40% of Shuaa Energy 2, with Masdar owning 24% and EDF Energies Nouvelles with 16%.
The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractor GranSolar from Spain, is handling the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), which includes Spain-based Acciona and Ghella from Italy.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model (IPP), has a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030.
With a total investment of more than $13bn (AED50bn), it will eventually save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in carbon emissions.
The first stage is 70% complete, and is expected to be operational by April 2018, with the 800MW third phase to be completed in three stages over 16 square kilometres.
The 300MW second stage will be operational in the first half of 2019, and the third stage will be completed in the first half of 2020.
DEWA registered the lowest Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) worldwide of USD $2.99 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for the third phase of the solar park.