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DEWA tenders for 200MW Solar CSP project

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to all qualified bidders for a 200MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Power Plant, the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The 200MW plant is due to be operational by April 2021 and DEWA will generate 1,000MW using this technology by 2030.

A consortium of KPMG (Financial), Mott MacDonald (Technical) and Ashurt (Legal) was appointed in September to advise DEWA on the first phase of its concentrated solar power (CSP) plant.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will reach a capacity of 1,000MW by 2020, and 5,000MW by 2030, with total investments of AED 50bn ($13.6bn).

In contrast to the first three phases of the solar park which used solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, commonly referred to as solar panels, the fourth phase uses CSP technology, which is more expensive but can continue to generate electricity for several hours after sun set.

The 13MW first phase became operational in 2013 while the 200MW second phase is under construction and will be operational by 2017. In June 2016, DEWA announced that a Masdar-led consortium was the selected bidder for the 800MW third phase to be completed by 2020.

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