DEWA awards Solar Park contract

Contract for Phase I of the $33m Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has been awarded to First Solar

DEWA has awarded First Solar the contract for Phase I of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

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The contract to construct Phase I of the $33m Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has been awarded to First Solar, a US based firm, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced on Thursday.

Under the terms of the agreement, First Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as its own advanced thin-film PV modules.

DEWA has awarded the contract to M/S First Solar Inc. for the construction of the first phase of the project, the substation and connection to the grid. DEWA received six bids in response to the tender, issued on 26 June 2012, for the construction of the solar Photovoltaic power plant.”

“The high quality bids were received from reputable Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractors from across the globe. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2013,” DEWA said in a statement.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA said that the PV plant installation was a key step in the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Supreme Council of Energy. He added that solar energy was set to become a key part of Dubai’s energy portfolio.

“The total cost of the project is $33m for the installation of the 13MW photovoltaic power plant, including the engineering, procurement and construction, a 33KV substation and connection to DEWA’s grid network,” he said.

“The plant will be constructed as a partnership project with the investment and ownership shared between six Dubai Supreme Council of Energy member entities: DEWA, Dubai Municipality, DPE, Dubai Aluminium, DUSUP and ENOC.”

Al Tayer said that he was satisfied at the number of bids received from around the world, which was a clear reflection of investor interest in such projects in Dubai.


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