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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has selected 10 bidders to build a 100MW IPP solar PV phase-2 of the Dh12bn ($3.37bn) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park being built at Seih al-Dahal, 50 km south of Dubai, which is slated to have 1GW capacity when completed in 2030.
Phase-2 is slated for 2017 start-up. Phase-1, a 13MW capacity solar PV plant was connected to the Dubai grid in October 2013. Dubai aims to generate 5% of its electricity from solar plants by 2030, although gas will still be the main provider with 71%.
While DEWA is keen to build solar capacity, it is also looking to nuclear and coal to help meet rising power demand. Each is slated to meet 12% of Dubai’s 2030 power needs. Abu Dhabi has a four-reactor, 5.6GW nuclear project under development at Barakah, while DEWA is developing the 1.2GW Hassyan coal-fired project (MEES, 26 September).
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