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Shanghai Electric, DEWA top out Central Tower at MBR Solar Park

SEGC minimised the impact of construction by relocating wild animals, 180 mesquite trees across the site to a wildlife park

The 260-metre tower will be the tallest concetrated solar power (CSP) tower in the world.
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The 260-metre tower will be the tallest concetrated solar power (CSP) tower in the world.

Shanghai Electric Group Company (SEGC) has topped out the central tower of the world’s largest single-site solar park, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park) that Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is developing.

The 260-metre tall 700MW central solar tower CSP project was topped out at a ceremony that was attended by representatives from DEWA, Noor Energy 1, and China Construction Third Engineering Bureau.

Speaking about SEGC’s work on the project, construction manager at Noor Energy 1, Enrique Valades, said: “SEGC showed us their outstanding performance, finishing the concrete solar tower according to schedule, even if they suffered tough challenges along the way.”

SEGC said in a statement that sustainability was the focus of the project, with the company having appointed experts and partners to relocate wild animals and 180 mesquite trees across the 40km2 site to a new wildlife park to minimise the impact of construction.

The 700 MW CSP project is part of Phase 4 of the MBR Solar Park, which is an important element of UAE’s Vison 2021, which focuses on sustainable development.

Upon completion the MBR Solar Park — which is being built with an investment of $13.6bn (AED50bn) — will have a capacity of 5GW by 2030.

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