EWEC completes 400,000 safe man-hours at Noor Abu Dhabi
World’s largest single-site solar power plant achieved net production of 2,000 GWh since start of commercial operations
The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) – a firm that coordinates the planning, purchasing, and provision of water and electricity across the UAE – has completed a year of successful commercial operations at the world’s largest single-site solar plant Noor Abu Dhabi, completing 404,835 safe manhours without lost time injuries (LTI) as of end-April 2020.
Located at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, Noor Abu Dhabi covers an area of 8km2 and features 3.2 million solar panels. The plant is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and a consortium comprising Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s Jinko Solar Holding.
Since the commencement of its commercial operations, Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant has achieved a net production of 2,000 GWh, providing electricity to 66,000 households at a 93% efficiency rate in terms of energy availability.
At Noor Abu Dhabi, construction was completed 20 months after the official ground breaking with more than 2,900 people working on site during peak construction.
The facility is expected to reduce Abu Dhabi’s CO2 emissions by one million tonnes, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the roads. Noor Abu Dhabi is also increasing its production of renewable energy and reducing its dependence on natural gas in electricity generation.
Commenting on the milestone, the chief executive officer of EWEC, Othman Al Ali, said: “Solar energy is a proven, steady source of electricity supply for the UAE, as the country is blessed with abundant sunshine. As leaders in our field, we constantly strive to leverage our dynamic expertise, technology, and resources to support the energy transition in the UAE, which is set to see a major acceleration towards renewable energy deployment.
“Looking ahead, Noor Abu Dhabi will continue to provide a world-leading, technologically advanced model for the effective use of solar power and we look forward to its continued success.”
The group CEO and managing director of TAQA, Jasim Husain Thabet, said: “It is a momentous occasion for all of us, as Noor Abu Dhabi places the emirate on the global map as a leader in photovoltaic energy generation in the renewable energy sector.
“The successful completion and operations of the project reinforces our collective commitment towards building a sustainable future by investing in cost-effective, clean energy solutions that leverage and optimise our natural resources. Noor Abu Dhabi is also helping the UAE ensure a secure supply of power to meet the ever-growing needs of the country.”
The chief operating officer of the Power Business Division at Marubeni Corporation, Satoru Harada, said: “We are delighted to be a part of such a high calibre strategic partnership with EWEC, safely and reliably operating this important solar power plant, and delivering zero-carbon electricity in the UAE. This is a critical milestone, one that successfully sets Noor Abu Dhabi as a worldwide benchmark in renewable energy development, both in terms of technology and quality, as well as production efficiency. We look forward to celebrating many more years of mutual success with our partners and further contributing to the sustainable development of the country.”
Noor Abu Dhabi is the first of a significant future pipeline of projects EWEC will be implementing using sustainable technology and is a key milestone in the transformation of the energy sector.
In line with the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050, EWEC is implementing a strategic plan which, by 2030, will produce more than 50% of Abu Dhabi’s energy needs from renewable and clean energy sources. It will reduce the average carbon intensity of the system by more than 70% compared to 2015.