Phase B of fifth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park starts operation


Shanghai Electric has announced that the Phase B of the 900MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE, has commenced operation following its construction.

The project will aid the Middle Eastern country’s push to transform its energy mix by offering 2.268 billion kWh of power supply annually upon completion, sufficient to cater up to more than 240,000 homes and capable of cutting down 1.1 million tonnes of carbon emission annually.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase V project manager Meng Chuanmin said: "We are so proud to see the solar park hit another historical milestone after Phase A was connected to the grid in 2021. Now, work on Phase C is well underway and is expected to complete in 2023."

Meng further added: "The construction process of the fifth phase of MBR Solar Park is marked by a series of challenges, culminating in the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic that severely disrupted global supply chains. The team overcame the difficulties and ensured the procurement and delivery of the raw materials for the project were timely implemented to avoid any delay to the overall progress," Meng added.

To ensure that the project completes as per the schedule, Shanghai Electric shipped cables through bulk carriers, despite the new solution increasing the workload.

Acwa Power, owner, developer and operator of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park, hired Shanghai Electric as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project in 2020.

Commencing in July 2020, the project featured Phrase A, B and C, with a total installed capacity of 1050MW.

Shanghai Electric has also taken part in building the 950MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which includes a 700MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant and a 250MW photovoltaic (PV) plant.

The CSP can store thermal energy during the daytime, which can be used for electricity generation at night, thereby ensuring power supply around the clock.

Since its commencement in 2018, the project has appointed more than 8,500 workers during the peak period, with the 100MW CSP tower plant and the 200MW parabolic trough plant-II slated to be linked to the grid at the end of this year.

Featuring advanced solar technologies, the project will offer renewable energy for around 320,000 households and reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.


Image: Phase 5 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Credit:  Shanghai Electric/PRNewswire. 

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