DEWA awards engineering contract for solar park

DEWA_solar_parkDubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded M/S ILF consultant engineers an engineering consultant contract for the overall development of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which was launched in January.

The engineering company from Munich together with its branch office in Abu Dhabi received the large-scale assignment for the solar project in Dubai, UAE.

“We will be working on this project from the study for the entire 1,000 MW solar park with CSP/PV technologies to the tender design, the site supervision, the start-up and the acceptance test for the 10 MW photovoltaic power plant,” stated Bernhard Lässer, Managing Director of ILF in Munich.

DEWA will manage and operate the overall development of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park as part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030.

Six high-quality bids

DEWA received six high-quality bids from engineering consultants from around the globe in response to the tender, which was issued on 10th November 2011.

A key step

"This study is a key step in the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in which solar energy is being set up to become part of Dubai's energy portfolio. The strategy aims to maintain the security of supply in the Emirate of Dubai," said Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD & CEO of DEWA.

Scope of the study

The scope of the study looked at the best suited plant configuration, capacities, and technologies, added Al Tayer

With an expected 1,000MW capacity and costing US$3.2 billion, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park  is located in Seih Al Dahal on the Dubai to Al Ain Road. 

The first project will see the construction of a 10 MW photovoltaic power plant, which is to be connected to the grid in mid 2013. The construction works are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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