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CW In Focus | Ewec floats tender for 2GW solar plant in Abu Dhabi

Details revealed of Al Dhafra solar power plant that will raise solar capacity to 3.2GW in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec), the UAE's top authority for the procurement of utilities, recently issued construction and development tender for a 2GW solar plant in Abu Dhabi, and the Al Dhafra project is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, taking Abu Dhabi’s solar capacity to 3.2GW.

A subsidiary 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 approximately cover 20km2, effectively doubling the capacity of the current largest operational single-site solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the world, Noor Abu Dhabi, which commenced its operations end of June 2019.

In this episode of Construction Week In Focus, Ranju Warrier, reporter at Construction Week, provides additional details about the solar project.

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time.

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