Dubai Adds CSP, Hydro To Renewables Mix; Northern Emirates Eye Coal

Dewa’s renewables momentum in building with plans for the GCC’s first CSP and pumped storage hydro projects and a big push into distributed solar.

Dubai utility Dewa says it has received 30 expressions of interest from potential developers of a 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. This will comprise the fourth phase of Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktum solar park, being built 50km south of Dubai City at Seih al-Dalal.

The plant will be Dubai’s first CSP project. The first three solar park phases are photovoltaic (PV), for which the latest winning bid – for the 800MW third phase – was for a world record low US¢2.99/kWh for the weighted levelized cost of electricity across the project’s lifetime.

While PV project costs are falling rapidly and expected to fall further – Abu Dhabi’s Adwea has since received a bid of US¢2.42/kWh for a 350MW PV project at Sweihan, 120km east of Abu Dhabi city – Dewa’s decision to opt for more costly CSP was likely based on CSP’s better supply flexibility (see table). (CONTINUED - 585 WORDS)