Dewa: Stage 2 of Dubai's MBR Solar Park Phase 3 to kick off in June '19
Dewa is building the 800 MW Phase 3 with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and France's EDF Group
The 300 MW Stage 2 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s (MBR Solar Park) Phase 3 – which is being built in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) and France's EDF Group – will be operational in June 2019, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), confirmed.
According to a statement on Dubai Media Office (DMO), Phase 3's 300 MW Stage 3 will be operational in 2020 after construction on the project began earlier this year.
In total, the scheme will add 600 MW of clean energy to Dewa's network between July 2019 and January 2020.
The construction update came following a site visit by Al Tayer to MBR Solar Park earlier this week.
He was accompanied by Waleed Salman, executive vice president of business development and excellence at Dewa; Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, Dewa's vice president of clean energy and diversification at Dewa; and other staff from the utility company.
Phase 3's Stage 1 has a capacity of 200 MW and became operational in May 2018, since when it has been providing more than 60,000 residences with electricity.
Dewa said it is building Phase 3 using photovoltaic technology (PV). EDF is working on the project through its subsidiary, EDF Énergies Nouvelles.
The megaproject’s 13 MW Phase 1 became operational in 2013, while the 200 MW Phase 2 was launched in March 2017.
The solar megaproject – the largest solar park in the world, based on the independent power producer model – will use an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30% when compared to fixed installations.