Shanghai Electric announced that Phase B of the 900-MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park had entered operation. As part of the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) plant under construction, the project will aid Dubai’s push to upgrade and transform its energy mix by providing 2.268 billion kWh of power supply per year upon completion, enough to serve up over 240,000 homes and capable of reducing 1.1 million tons of carbon emission annually.
Acwa Power, owner, developer and operator of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park, appointed Shanghai Electric as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project in 2020. Starting in July 2020, the project consisted of Phrases A, B and C, with a total installed capacity of 1050 MW.
With the international team of the project employing over 2,500 workers during the peak period, Shanghai Electric’s effort to unite the best global workforces, resources and supplies to build one of the most advanced solar complexes in the country has been recognised by the project owner and its partners. In addition, the project also created over 4,000 direct and 10,000 indirect work opportunities, which are pivotal in promoting local employment and economic development.
Shanghai Electric has also participated in constructing the 950MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which includes a 700MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant and a 250MW photovoltaic (PV) plant. The CSP can store thermal energy during the daytime, which can later be used for electricity generation at night, offering a clean, stable and reliable energy supply around the clock.
Since it commenced in 2018, the project has hired over 8,500 workers during the peak period, with the 100 MW CSP tower plant and the 200MW parabolic trough plant-II scheduled to be connected to the grid at the end of 2022. It features the world’s most advanced solar technologies that will provide clean energy for around 320,000 households and abate 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions yearly, going a long way to helping Dubai achieve its 2050 renewable vision.
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