Dubai’s DEWA raises so­lar power pur­chase deal with Saudi Ara­bia’s ACWA

Tehran Times - - ENERGY -

Dubai’s wa­ter and power util­ity DEWA said on Satur­day it had agreed to in­crease the amount of elec­tric­ity it would pur­chase from a so­lar park be­ing built by a con­sor­tium led by Saudi Ara­bia’s ACWA Power.

As a re­sult of the in­creased pur­chases by DEWA, the park’s ca­pac­ity would in­crease to 950 megawatts (MW) from 700 MW, the Dubai gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

“Fol­low­ing the amend­ment, the to­tal in­vest­ment for the am­bi­tious project has reached 16 bil­lion dirhams ($4.4 bil­lion),” it said.

The project’s cost be­fore the ca­pac­ity in­crease was es­ti­mated at $3.9 bil­lion.

The project would fea­ture a 260-me­tre (850-foot) tower re­ceiv­ing fo­cused sun­light, the world’s tallest such tower, the Dubai gov­ern­ment said.

The first stage of the project is due to be com­mis­sioned in late

2020. It is part of the Mo­hammed bin Rashid al-Mak­toum So­lar Park, a vast com­plex which that aims to gen­er­ate 1,000 MW by

2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030.

The gov­ern­ment aims to use the so­lar park and other en­ergy sources to in­crease the share of clean en­ergy in Dubai’s power out­put to 7 per­cent by 2020, 25 per­cent by 2030 and 75 per­cent by 2050.

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