The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has made the first step to implement the fifth phase of the ambitious Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar project in the United Arab Emirates – and Middle East – to date.
DEWA is seeking IPP advisory services through a specific tender, to assess how to reach the 5 GW target set for the project by 2030 – interested parties are asked to submit their bids by July 22.
The Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park currently consists of two operational PV plants – phase I, of 13 MW, and the 200 MW Phase II as well as an 800 MW facility and a 200 MW CSP plant, both of which are under development.
The first phase of the project was completed by First Solar in late 2013 and phase II was built by Saudi Arabian group Acwa Power and Spanish engineering services provider TSK.
Work on phase III began in January 2017, with completion scheduled for the end of this year. A 200 MW section of phase III came online in May and at the time, French project developer EDF said the following two 300 MW units would be commissioned in 2019 and 2020.
The 200 MW CSP section is due to be operational by 2021 and another 1 GW CSP section may be included in the final 5 GW solar park, according to DEWA.