Out of 5 GW of capacity planned to be complete by 2030, Dubai's MBR Solar Park has 213 MW operational currently. DEWA received a letter of intent from 64 companies for the 900 MW solar PV capacity in Phase-V for which it has now officially launched a tender. (Photo Credit: DEWA)
- Dubai’s DEWA has tendered 900 MW of solar power capacity under Phase-V of MBR Solar Park
- It will accept bids till August 22, 2019 and enter into 25-year PPA with the winners
- Entire 900 MW will be commissioned in phases starting from second quarter of 2021
- On completion, DEWA and the winner will own the project company in 60:40 ratio
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Having received letters of intent from 64 companies to the expression of interest (EOI) issued in February 2019, the Dubai Electricity and Water Company (DEWA) has formally launched the tender for 900 MW of solar power capacity in Phase-V of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park).
Interested firms can submit their bids till August 22, 2019 for the project that is to be commissioned in phases starting from Q2/2021.
Winners will sign 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with DEWA and as per tender terms and conditions, DEWA will own 60% while the winning bidder will own 40% of the project company.
DEWA has not disclosed the companies that have expressed interest in setting up the project.
The entire MBR Solar Park is envisioned to have 5 GW of operating capacity as the largest single-site solar park in the world to be completely in operations by 2030 and as part of Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy to provide 75% of total power output from clean energy by 2050.
“Meeting the clean energy objectives requires a capacity of 42,000 MW of clean and renewable energy by 2050,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. “To achieve our vision to become a globally-leading sustainable innovative corporation, we are working to establish sustainability as the roadmap that secures a brighter and happier future for Dubai, by launching major world-class initiatives and projects in green development.”
So far, 213 MW of the total capacity of the MBR Solar Park is operational – 13 MW from Phase-I since 2013, and 200 MW from Phase-II since March 2017. In Phase-III, 800 MW is being constructed and likely to be grid connected by 2020, while Phase-IV involves CSP technology. The Phase-IV of the park will use 600 MW of parabolic basin technology, 100 MW from solar tower technology and 250 MW of PV, combined with the ‘largest’ thermal storage capacity of 15 hours. ACWA Power and DEWA closed financing for this 950 MW in March 2019 (see ACWA Power Closes Financing For 950 MW).
Recently, DEWA issued a call for a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for a floating power plant in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf (see DEWA Seeking Consultant For Floating Solar Project).