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Ewec receives bids for 2GW PV solar plant in Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra

Company to make award announcement by Q1 2020, with plant set to provide electricty to over 110,000 homes in the UAE

Tendering covered financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the solar plant.
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Tendering covered financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the solar plant.

The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec), which is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) has received bids for its 2GW solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power producer (IPP) project that will be constructed in the UAE capital’s Al Dhafra region, and will cover an area spanning approximately 20km2.

In a statement Ewec said that the tendering covered financing, construction, operation and maintenance (O&M) of the solar plant, in addition to installation of solar PV modules, inverters, providing connection to the transmission network, and associated facilities for the world’s largest solar power project under the IPP model.

Upon being operational the solar plant will fulfil electricity needs of over 110,000 households across the UAE. The plant will also increase Abu Dhabi’s existing solar power capacity to around 3.2GW, and will reduce the emirate’s CO2 emissions by more than 1.5 million metric tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking around 330,000 cars off the road.

Once completed the project will be almost double the size of Ewec’s 1.2GW Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant, which began commercial operations in April 2019. Currently, Noor Abu Dhabi is the largest operational single-site solar PV plant in the world.

Speaking at the bid announcement, chief executive officer of Ewec, Othman Al Ali, said: “We are delighted to have received positive responses from such internationally recognised entities, demonstrating the utmost confidence in Abu Dhabi’s competitive economy.

“We continue to deliver on our ambitious sustainable generation program, and this new plant is integral to our strategic plan to deliver on the clean energy mix outlined by the UAE Energy Strategy 2050.”

Ewec received 48 expressions of interest (EOI) from potential bidders for the plant earlier this year, 24 of which were qualified to bid for the project after submitting Statements of Qualification.

A detailed technical evaluation followed by the commercial evaluation process will be carried out by Ewec’s team to select the best proposal, and it expects to make the award announcement by Q1 2020.

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