Ewec issues construction tender for 2GW solar plant in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Power Corp unit has received 48 EOIs for the project that the UAE's climate change minister revealed earlier this week

Al Dhafra will get an Ewec solar plant.
Al Dhafra will get an Ewec solar plant.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec), the UAE's top authority for the procurement of utilities, has issued a construction and development tender for a 2GW solar plant in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra, which was announced by the UAE's Minister of Climate Change and Environment, HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, at the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting held earlier this week. 

The 2GW development is part of a series of projects approved by the higher committee for the water and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi, Ewec said in a statement.

A subidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Ewec said 48 expression of interests (EOIs) were submitted from international and local developers earlier this year to develop the project.

Successful bidders would hold a 40% equity participation in the solar plant, with the remaining stake held by local entities, in line with the independent water and power producer programme initiated by the Abu Dhabi Government in 1998.

Once complete, the project site will cover roughly 20km2 – effectively doubling the capacity of the current largest operational single-site solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the world, Noor Abu Dhabi.

The Al Dhafra project is expected to go live in Q1 2022, taking Abu Dhabi’s solar capacity to 3.2GW. 

Commenting on the project, Ewec's chief executive officer, Othman Al Ali, said: “The strong interest expressed [in the project] so far illustrates the attractive business model and reaffirms the strong case for investment in UAE’s renewable energy sector.”

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