Construction on the 800MW phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai is set to start at the end of January, it was announced at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2017.
An international consortium led by renewable energy contractor GranSolar of Spain, along with Spanish firm Acciona and Ghella of Italy, secured the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project.
Last June, a Masdar-led consortium was chosen by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop the project. The two parties signed a power purchasing agreement last November, under which they formed a joint venture named Shua’a 2 to lead the construction of phase 3.
Construction of the 16 sq km phase 3 expansion of the solar facility will be carried out in three stages. The first 200MW stage is projected to be concluded by the first half of 2018, the next 300MW phase in 2019, and the last 300MW stage in the first half of 2020.
The solar park, expected to be complete in 2030, is expected to be the world’s largest solar park on a single plot. It is expected to displace about 6.5M t of carbon dioxide annually.
Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said: “This important milestone is a clear demonstration of the strong momentum behind the expansion of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, now including partnerships with GranSolar, Acciona and Ghella.
“At Masdar, we are proud to be supporting the UAE in realising its bold clean energy targets, and we are grateful for DEWA’s excellent leadership in this benchmark project.”
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.