The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recently announced that it was awarding a $3.8 billion contract for the fourth phase of its flagship solar park to Shanghai Electric and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia.
The 700 megawatt (MW) project will include a 260-meter-high concentrating solar tower, the tallest yet built in a solar farm. This will contain a “target” for collecting the energy reflected by the plant’s mirrors, directing it to power steam turbines.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park is located about 50 kilometers south of Dubai. Its first 13MW phase, built by US firm First Solar, went online in October 2013. This was followed by a 200MW second phase, built by Spanish contractors TSK and ACWA, which was commissioned in March. An 800MW third phase is currently being built by a consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company, which is associated with the Masdar eco-city.
Subsequent phases will bring the park’s installed capacity to 5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2030, making it a contender for the world’s largest, a title that is presently held by the 650MW Kamuthi plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The final cost is expected to be $13.6 billion.
The park is notable for its cost efficient energy generation. MBR is part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s power output from clean resources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.
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