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Dubai solar site still targeting 5 GW by 2030

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued an update indicating that the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park continues to be targeting 5 GW of generation capacity in this decade.

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An update from the utility in charge of the world’s largest single-site solar park has reaffirmed that the project will continue steadily to target 5 GW of generating capacity by 2030.

In July,pv magazine reported that the ambitions of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park may have been scaled back, predicated on a budget update published by DEWA. That DEWA cost update said AED 12 billion ($3.27 billion) have been apportioned to perform the independent power producer (IPP) projects in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park plus two other infrastructure sites within the next five years.

However an update published this week, carrying out a site visit by DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, indicated that 2030 remains the project deadline for an eventual 5 GW site. The most recent project news released by DEWA confirmed the deadline for completion of the 900 MW fifth phase, originally set for mid-2021, is next year. The 330 MW first project of the AED 2.06 billion fifth phase has already been operational and features bifacial solar power panels installed on single-axis trackers and fully automated robot cleaning.

This week, DEWA said the next project of the fifth phase was 93.3% complete and the 3rd project was 26.03% complete. The business will own 60% of the fifth phase, with 50% state-owned Saudi developer ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corp. (GIC) holding a 40% stake between them. GIC is equally owned by the governments of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

DEWA said construction focus on the delayed 950 MW fourth phase of the solar field is 90% complete. That section of the overall project has been produced by DEWA and ACWA, with Beijing’s state-owned Chinese Silk Road Fund holding a 24% stake.

Phase four of the park will include a 600 MW parabolic basin and 100 MW concentrating solar tower, both which were likely to have already been completed this past year. It will include 250 MW of conventional PV generating capacity. DEWA said the website currently has 1,627 MW of generation capacity and is focusing on yet another 1,233 MW, which may mean an additional 2,140 MW will be necessary to hit the 2030 target of 5 GW.

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