The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) today revealed the names of the companies that won the advisory service contract for the planned 200-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai.
The winning consortium is led by KPMG Lower Gulf Ltd, with a focus on the financial side, alongside Mott MacDonald and Ashurt. The independent power producer advisory deal will lay out guidelines for companies looking to bid for the project, with KPMG Lower Gulf looking over the financial requirements while Mott MacDonald and Ashurst handle the technical and legal ones, respectively.
DEWA wants to build a 1-GW CSP park by 2030 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. On May 26 it launched a tender to select the consultants for the 200-MW first phase of the CSP project. The closing date for proposal was July 20.
The phase I solar thermal power project is to be operational by April 2021. A senior official told Zawya Projects in June that the independent power producer (IPP) tender for the 200-MW park is expected in the first half of 2017.
“The 200MW CSP project is another milestone achievement that will put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of the countries in the region in producing renewable and clean energy,” said Saeed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa.
The first three projects of the solar park used solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, but the addition of CSP will give the park a thermal storage capability. Mr Al Tayer said that the CSP plant would be able to store energy for up to 12 hours a day, which could be used at night or on hazy days.
“We have an ambitious vision and a clear strategy to develop and support sustainable energy projects in Dubai,” said Mr Al Tayer, pointing to the utility’s goal of increasing the percentage of renewables in the emirate’s energy mix to 7 per cent by 2020 and 25 per cent by 2030.