95 firms say keen to work on phase 3 of Dubai solar park

State utility DEWA says tender for 800MW power plant expected to be released before the end of 2015
95 firms say keen to work on phase 3 of Dubai solar park
By Staff writer
Thu 22 Oct 2015 01:53 PM

Dubai's state utility has said it has received 95 expressions of interest from international energy companies keen to get involved in the third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is in the process of preparing the request for qualification documents which are expected to be released to bidders by November.

The tender for the project, an 800 megawatt power plant, is expected to be released before the end of the year, DEWA said.

Dubai doubled the capacity of the second phase of the solar park from 100 MW to 200 MW after receiving the lowest ever recorded cost for solar power in a tender won by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK.

Dubai's strategic plans envision 7 percent of power generation from renewables by 2020 and 15 percent by 2030.

The 13 MW first phase became operational in October 2013, while the 200 MW second phase will be operational by 2017. The full solar park scheme will have a capacity of 3,000 MW.

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