Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded an Independent Power Producer (IPP) advisory services contract for its 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, it announced on Wednesday.
The contract was won by a consortium led by KPMG Lower Gulf Limited (financial), along with Mott MacDonald (technical) and Ashurt (legal).
DEWA released a tender on May 26 for international CSP consultants to submit their proposals for advisory services for the 200MW first project of the CSP plant. The closing date for the tender was July 20.
The next tender for the main developer is anticipated to be floated in the next three months.
The 200MW project is slated to be operational by April 2021 and DEWA hopes to generate 1000MW using CSP technology by 2030.
The project lies within the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park – the largest single-site solar project in the world with a planned capacity of 5000MW by 2030 and a total investment of Dhs50bn.
When completed, the park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
The park is part of DEWA’s plan to increase the percentage of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix to be 7 per cent by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.
The energy mix will include 61 per cent from natural gas, 25 per cent from solar energy, 7 per cent from clean coal and 7 per cent from nuclear power by 2030.
The solar power project also supports the Dubai Green Energy Strategy 2050, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to instill a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development in Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.