DEWA releases tender for Phase II of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park

Deadline for submitting the bids is 23 October 2014

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released a tender for the 100MW-Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to qualified Independent Power Producer (IPP) developers. The solar park is a part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 outlined by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify the emirate’s energy consumption by 2030.

DEWA had received 49 qualification documents through open request for the qualification process which was released last May. DEWA has shortlisted 24 developers for the second phase of the tender. Deadline for submitting the bids is 23 October 2014.

“The Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai launched the Dubai Integrated Strategy 2030 to ensure the energy mix by 2030 comprises 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal, and 5% from solar power,” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA said.

“The park is one of the biggest renewable-energy projects in the region at a cost of $3.2 billion (AED12 billion),” Al Tayer continued. “It will produce 1,000W (of power) upon completion. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the first phase of the Photovoltaic Power Plant with a capacity of 13MW. It has been connected to DEWA’s grid which covers the whole of the emirate.”

The DEWA chief also remarked at the number of international developers bidding for the project, adding their participation is an indicator of confidence expressed in Dubai’s investment opportunities.

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