Firms express interest in Dubai concentrated solar project

07 November 2016

Dewa confirms it has received documents

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has confirmed it has received 30 expressions of interest (EoIs) from developers for its planned 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) scheme.

MEED recently reported that the utility had received EoIs on 27 October for the CSP solar project, which will be developed under the independent power project (IPP) model.

In September, Dewa awarded the advisory services contract for its latest solar power scheme to a consortium led by KMPG of the Netherlands.

KPMG will be the financial adviser, and will be supported by the UK’s Mott MacDonald as technical adviser and Ashurst, also of the UK, as legal adviser.

Dewa received bids from four international financial services providers on 20 July for the scheme.

The project will be the fourth phase of the ambitious Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park. It will be the first major CSP scheme at the park, with the initial three phases all using photovoltaic (PV) solar technology. Dubai has set a target of developing 1,000MW of CSP technology by 2030.

In late June, Dewa selected a consortium consisting of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Latif Jameel and Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) as the preferred bidder to develop the 800MW PV third phase of the solar park.

In 2015, Dubai increased its targets for renewable energy. The solar park is planned to produce 5,000MW of renewable energy by 2030.

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