UAE's Masdar inks deal to build Mauritania solar projects

Abu Dhabi's renewable energy firm says seven projects are expected to be completed by Q1 2016
UAE's Masdar inks deal to build Mauritania solar projects
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By Staff writer
Sat 24 Jan 2015 09:52 AM

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has signed a contract with Mauritania’s Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines, to deliver seven solar photovoltaic projects.

The projects with a total capacity of 12 megawatts will provide access to clean and reliable energy to seven towns across the African country, Masdar said in a statement.

The projects, which are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, will likely displace 6 million litres of diesel fuel annually and 16,134 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Each of the power plants will, on average, meet 30 percent of each town’s electricity demand.

"Projects like these unlock significant economic and social benefits by providing more reliable and efficient local sources of electricity," said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar.

"Masdar is committed to showcasing how renewable energy can provide a cost-competitive solution to meeting rising energy demands and improving energy security for nations with isolated grids."

The projects will add significant energy capacity to each of the seven towns, which include Boutilimit, Aleg, Aioune, Akjoujt, Atar, Al Shami and Boulenour.

"The solar projects which Masdar is delivering will demonstrate the valuable role renewable energy is playing in the social and economic development by positively impacting the lives of citizens, through the provision of clean energy at commercial rates for our country," said Mohamed Ould Khouna, Mauritania’s minister of petroleum, energy and mines.

Masdar will tender the project in the first quarter of this year and intends to engage local suppliers and contractors wherever possible, the statement said.

This is Masdar’s second project in Mauritania, as the company delivered a 15MW PV plant in 2013 – the first utility-scale solar power installation in the country.

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