Construction of phase 4 of giant Dubai solar park 'on track'

DEWA chief inspects construction work at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Construction of phase 4 of giant Dubai solar park 'on track'
The fourth phase will provide clean energy for 320,000 residences and will reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 05 Apr 2019 10:06 AM

Construction work on the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world is progressing on schedule, it has been announced.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has inspected the construction work of the project which has a capacity of 950MW and will cost up to AED15.8 billion.

The base concrete of the CSP tower has been completed and, once built, the 260-metre tower will be the tallest solar power tower in the world.

Al Tayer said the work is progressing "according to the set timetable for this project".

Al Tayer was briefed on the progress of construction work by Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, executive managing director of Noor Energy 1, a venture formed through a partnership between DEWA, Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Silk Road Fund to build the fourth phase of the Park.

Al Muhaidib confirmed the completion of the concrete base that contains about 1,300 tonnes of steel rebar and concrete, equivalent to 20 percent of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.

Al Muhaidib added that 33 percent of the engineering work has been completed for the project.

The fourth phase will provide clean energy for 320,000 residences and will reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will generate 5,000MW by 2030 with investments of up to AED50 billion.

The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017. The 200MW first stage of the 800MW photovoltaic third phase became operational in May 2018. The third phase will be completed in 2020.

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