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HCT wins EPC contract to build Dubai South's first solar plant

Contract awarded to Dewa-approved firm amid Dubai South's ongoing tender for a separate 3.5MWp plant in the city

HCT will build Dubai South's first solar plant.
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HCT will build Dubai South's first solar plant.

South Energy, the energy arm of Dubai South, has awarded a contract to HCT Technical Services, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, to build a two megawatt-peak (MWp) solar power plant, which will meet at least 40% of the masterplanned community's electricity needs when it is complete.

Dubai South also revealed it has a 3.5MWp project under tender, and is planning to add at least 40MWp of solar capacity with more projects within its premises.

The upcoming solar plant will be Dubai South's first, and power the economic zone's (pictured) headquarters building, as well as four of its freight complexes. EPC contractor HCT, which is approved by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), will also operate the plant for 20 years. 

More than three million kilowatt/hour of clean and renewable energy will be produced by the solar plant, reducing carbon emissions by 1,360 tonnes each year. 

A letter of agreement for the project was signed between South Energy's chief executive officer, Ismal Al Marzooqi, and Unni Krishnan, CEO of HCT and HCC Group. 

Al Marzooqi said his team was “proud to have initiated the project as another major step forward in Dubai South’s efforts to build a sustainable urban community”.

HCT is the solar arm of Haji Commercial Company and has worked on projects in the UAE and Bahrain. Its service portfolio includes solar system design, installation, and commissioning in the new build and retrofit sectors.

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