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Construction progress on MBR Solar Park – Phase 4's 260m solar tower

PICTURES: The development of Phase 4's solar tower is 7% ahead of schedule, whilst its solar field is 73% complete

Dewa noted progress on MBR Solar Park's 260m tower.
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Dewa noted progress on MBR Solar Park's 260m tower.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has received a construction update on Phase 4 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park) project, including its 260m-tall solar tower, in Dubai.

Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, executive managing director of Noor Energy 1 – the joint venture of Dewa, Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, and China’s Silk Road Fund that is tasked with building Phase 4 – briefed Al Tayer during a visit to MBR Solar Park's construction site, as reported by Dubai Media Office (DMO).

Al Muhaidib confirmed that construction work on Phase 4's solar tower was 7% ahead of its planned schedule.

Moreover, 73% of the tower’s solar field also been built, DMO added, including the completion of the main structure for the assembly and installation of heliostats – devices that are used to reflect sunlight in a fixed direction.

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تفقّد سعادة سعيد الطاير تقدم سير الأعمال الإنشائية للمرحلة الرابعة من مجمع محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم للطاقة الشمسية، والتي تعد أكبر مشروع استثماري للطاقة الشمسية المركّزة في العالم، في موقع واحد، وفق نظام المنتج المستقل، بقدرة 950 ميجاوات، وباستثمارات تصل إلى 15.78 مليار درهم HE Saeed Al Tayer, has inspected the 4th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The 4th phase is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world. Based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, it will generate 950 megawatts (MW) at an investment of AED 15.78 billion. #ديوا #أخبار_ديوا #DEWA #DEWANEWS

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Phase 4 of MBR Solar Park is the largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world. Based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, it will generate 950 MW of solar energy following an investment of $4.3m (AED15.78bn).

In total, MBR Solar Park will generate 5,000 MW of electricity by 2030, and is valued at approximately $13.6bn (AED50bn)

The park’s 13 MW Phase 1 began operations in 2013, whilst the 200 MW second phase was launched in March 2017. Phase 3 began operations in May 2018.

In March, American chemical giant Dow announced it had been awarded a subcontract for the Phase 4 along with China’s Shanghai Electric to provide on-ground services related to Dowtherm, a heat transfer fluid capable of resisting temperatures as high as 400°C to collect, transport, and store heat in CSP systems.

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