DEWA awards advisory contract for Dubai solar park

DEWA awards advisory contract for Dubai solar park

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a KPMG-led consortium a contract to advise on the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park’s concentrated solar power (CSP) plant’s first 200MW phase.

The advisory deal will provide guidelines for companies looking to bid for the project, with KPMG Lower Gulf handling the financial requirements, and Mott MacDonald and Ashurt looking after the technical and legal needs.

Al Tayer, DEWA managing director and chief executive said: “The 200MW CSP project is another milestone achievement that will put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of the countries in the region in producing renewable and clean energy.”

The US$13.6 billion solar park will total 5GW of capacity once completed in 2030 and 1GW will use CSP technology, making it the largest CSP in the world.

The first three projects used solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, but the added CSP will give the park thermal storage capability.

Al Tayer explained that the CSP plant will be able to store energy for up to 12 hours a day, both during the night and on hazy days.

The 200MW phase is anticipated to be finished by April 2021.