Saeed Al Tayer visits Noor Power Station 1 in Morocco

MARRAKESH, 14th November, 2016 (WAM) — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has visited Noor Power Station 1 in Ouarzazate, Morocco, which was established by ACWA Power.

Noor 1 station spans over 450 hectares and makes use of half a million mirrors. It has an installed capacity of 160 megawatts (MW), and is based on the Independent Power Producer, IPP, model. The entire Solar Project is planned to produce 580MW at peak when finished, supplying 1 million Moroccan houses be with clean energy.

“Through this visit, we aim to enhance collaboration on clean solar energy. The transformation towards clean energy has positive environmental, social, and economic effects, making conventional energy less competitive and attractive for further investments. Clean energy is a great opportunity for the future, as demand keeps rising around the world,” said Al Tayer.

DEWA intends to build the largest CSP project in the world, using the IPP model, and the company has released a tender for leading international CSP consultants to submit proposals for advisory services for the 200MW first project of the CSP plant, to be operational by April 2021.

DEWA will generate 1,000MW using this technology by 2030 in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which has a total investment worth AED 50 billion. It will produce 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.

Al Tayer was accompanied in Morocco by Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, and Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.