ABB has won a fresh order from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority for the 200 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has placed an order with ABB worth $20 million to expand the substation at the 200 MW solar power park. DEWA is in the process of expanding the installed capacity of the project from 100 MW to 200 MW. In 2014, ABB was awarded a tender to set up sub-station for 100 MW solar power capacity in the project.
DEWA had, earlier this year, awarded the tender to implement 200 MW (260 MWp) solar photovoltaic power capacity at a record-low tariff of US¢5.98 per kWh.
ABB will supply several key components to the project including 3 bays of 400 kilovolt and 11 bays of compact 132 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), power transformers, and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and controls. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Once the project achieves 200 MW installed capacity it would be able to meet power demand of about 30,000 homes and offset greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
DEWA plans to invest billions of dollars into the expansion of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. The authority has upgraded plans for the installed capacity of the solar park. From an initial target of 1 GW by 2019, DEWA now plans to have 3 GW installed capacity at the park by 2030.
The solar power park is central to DEWA’s target to source 7% of Dubai’s total power output from renewable energy sources by 2020 and 15% by 2030.