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Second phase of Dubai’s MBR Solar Park ‘80% complete’

Phase to go operational by April 2017, says Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has confirmed that 80% of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is complete as of mid-December 2016.

The project is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the independent power producer (IPP) model.

The second phase is the first and largest of its kind in the UAE and will eventually generate 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity by April 2017. To date, 75% of the 2.2 million photovoltaic panels have been installed. During the installation, no injuries were recorded, with over 1 million safe man-hours logged.

Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power and Abdulhameed Al Muhaidib, managing director of Shuaa Energy 1, briefed Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA about the implementation process. They detailed the construction, operations, and engineering progress, to assure that the project will be delivered on time.

The project occupies 4.5 sq. km. with an investment of about $327 million. Shuaa Energy 1 is a company established by DEWA to complete the project in line with UAE legislation.

DEWA is the majority shareholder at 51% with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and the Spanish industrial group TSK taking the remaining stake.

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