DUBAI, 28th November, 2016 (WAM)–Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company (Masdar), for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar was present.
The signing ceremony was also attended by DEWA staff including Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation, Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission Power, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications and Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, Vice President of Special Projects.
Earlier this year, DEWA announced the Masdar-led consortium as a selected bidder for the third phase of the solar park. The consortium bid the lowest cost of electricity.
“We are pleased to sign the Power Purchase Agreement with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company to produce 800MW based on the Independent Power Producer model for the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. The agreement with Masdar supports the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his brother Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to support the growth of promising clean energy sector, and our efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050,” Al Tayer said.
He added, “The directives of His Highness are the roadmap that guides our ambitious initiatives and development projects. The agreement also supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to promote sustainability and happiness in Dubai, and achieve the aspirations of its citizens and residents, and DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.”
Dr. Al Jaber said, “Masdar is proud to partner with DEWA on this important milestone in the development of the UAE’s solar energy capacity. This agreement demonstrates the competitiveness of solar as a commercially-viable clean energy source for electricity generation. It is through ambitious projects of this scale that Masdar is able to drive the clean technology industry forward.”
“Today’s signing continues the strong momentum created at the outset of the project thanks to DEWA’s efficient tender process. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a major undertaking which will become an international reference point for the renewable energy industry,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.
“Through the Solar Park, DEWA is making a significant contribution to the UAE’s vision for a green economy. The collaboration between all parties to reach this milestone has been exceptional, and we look forward to bringing Masdar’s expertise and experience from the past 10 years to bear, in order to successfully deliver this project for the UAE,” Al Ramahi added.
In November 2015, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. In June 2016, he witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Masdar-led consortium to implement the third phase of the solar park based on the IPP model. The MoU signing was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The 800MW third phase will be operational in 2020 to coincide with the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. DEWA also launched the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, based on the IPP model, with a planned capacity of 1,000 MW by 2030.