Asian firm makes lowest bid for 350 MW solar PV IPP in Abu Dhabi, UAE


Posted on September 22, 2016 by Editor

An Asian consortium, comprising JinkoSolar Holding of China and Marubeni Corporation of Japan, made the lowest bid for a 350 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project in Abu Dhabi, UAE, said a report.

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The record-low bid of 2.42 cents a kilowatt-hour for power was the cheapest ever for solar power generation by a commercial project, reported the state news agency Wam, citing a senior government official.

Besides their bid, the government-owned Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) received five more bids from leading consortia to build the plant at Sweihan, some 120 km east of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

The Asian bid marks another record for solar technology prices, reflecting declining costs for photovoltaic cells and cheaper financing for clean-energy projects, according to an official from the Middle East Solar Energy Industry Association, who asked not to be identified citing policy.

The solar technology prices which have fallen almost 70 per cent in the past five years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, according to Tradearabia news report.

Competition among Chinese solar manufacturers including Jinko has brought down the cost of delivering panels while more investors have become comfortable with backing the technology, reducing borrowing costs, said the report.

Adwea is still studying the bids and will be signing a final agreement for construction and operation of the plant in the first quarter of 2017.

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Abu Dhabi receives 6 bids to build 350 MW solar plant in the emirate


Posted on September 21, 2016 by Editor

Abu Dhabi has received six bids to build a 350 megawatt solar plant in the emirate, one of which was cited by the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea) as equating to the lowest cost for solar power generation by a commercial project.

The proposed Sweihan plant east of Abu Dhabi is part of efforts by the oil-rich capital of the UAE to diversify its energy base into renewables as it seeks to generate seven per cent of its power from green methods by 2020.

Of the six Sweihan bids, the lowest equated to 2.42 US cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), state-owned Adwea said in a statement carried by official news agency WAM.

“It represents one of the most competitive prices seen to date in the global solar photovoltaic industry,” the statement said. The bidding companies were not named.

The cost of generating solar power has been falling as the cost of the technology improves, while Middle Eastern nations have sought to drive down the price they pay for solar projects to take advantage of the region’s year-round sunshine.

Neighbouring emirate Dubai said in May that the third phase of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park had attracted a lowest bid of 2.99 cents/kWh.

The Sweihan plant would be Adwea’s first foray into renewable energy, though green energy company Masdar has launched some renewables projects in the emirate. Adwea currently has 11 gas-fired independent water and power projects, according to Tradearabia news report.

Commercial operations at the Sweihan plant are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019, Adwea’s statement said.

A source told Reuters last December that the chosen developer would own 40 per cent of the project, with 60 per cent held by Adwea

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Adwea invites bids to build 350 MW solar power plant in the emirate


Posted on May 17, 2016 by Editor

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has invited bids from construction companies to build a 350-megawatt solar plant in the emirate, state news agency WAM said on Monday.

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The plant would be the Abu Dhabi power utility’s first foray into renewable energy – it currently has 11 gas-fired, independent water and power projects – and comes as the emirate, which has huge oil reserves, seeks to produce around seven per cent of its power from renewables by 2020.

Construction firms which had been pre-qualified by state-owned Adwea after expressing initial interest in the project have been asked to submit proposals for the scheme, including the cost of generating power and financing its development, by September 19, the report said.

The project will be situated at Sweihan, around 120 km east of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

A source told Reuters in December that the chosen developer would own 40 per cent of the project, with 60 per cent held by Adwea.

Adwea’s power plants have sufficient capacity to meet peak summer demand now, but with power needs expected to grow about 15 per cent a year to reach some 21,000 MW by 2020, Abu Dhabi needs to build more generation capacity, according to Tradearabia news report.

Neighbouring emirate Dubai has also been seeking to expand its solar power generation capacity.

Sources told Reuters earlier this month that firms including China’s Jinko Solar and France’s EDF were among bidders for the 800 MW third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park.

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Adwea to construct 350 MW solar plant in Emirate


Posted on December 17, 2015 by Editor

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) is constructing a 350MW solar plant in the Emirate.

The Sweihan plant is Adwea’s first renewable project, and part of the Emirate’s plan to produce 7% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Existing renewable energy projects in the UAE capital include Masdar’s developments, comprising solar projects, as well as Adwea’s 11 gas-fired independent water and power projects (IWPPs), according to Constructionweekonline news report.

Abu Dhabi is also constructing the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, with its first reactor scheduled for commissioning in 2017.

According to Reuters, a soruce said: “Adwea has just embarked on the process to select a developer for the solar photovoltaic project, which is aimed to be finalised by the middle of next year.”

The developer, which the report claims will be picked by mid-2016, will take a 40% stake in the project, with 60% to be held by Adwea.

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Hyundai Engg. awards Degremont US$ 147 mn contract to build RO Desal Plant at Mirfa IWPP Abu Dhabi


Posted on November 3, 2014 by News Editor

Degrémont, a subsidiary of Suez Environment, has been selected by Hyundai Engineering & Construction to build the reverse osmosis sea water desalination plant at the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (Mirfa IWPP) in Abu Dhabi.

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Degremont’s €117 million (US$ 147 million) contract covers the design and construction of the facility which will have a daily capacity of 140,000 cubic meters.

It will be equipped with SeaDaf™ filtration technology to pre-treat the water from the Arabian Gulf, which is turbid and rich in algae, with a double reverse osmosis treatment for its desalination. It will be followed by a second contract of seven years for the RO plant’s operation and maintenance awarded to Degrémont by the Mirfa International Power & Water Company for a total amount of € 29 million (US$ 36.5 million).

Located 160 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, the Mirfa IWPP comprising the desalination plant will supply 240,000 cubic meters per day of drinking water and 1,600 megawatts of electricity to respond to the region’s growing demand for drinking water and electricity. The choice of reverse osmosis desalination appears to be a sustainable solution to the region’s challenges with regard to water stress and conserving resources.

The Mirfa IWPP was awarded to GDF Suez by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Degrémont is also part of a joint venture with Oman’s Al Ansari Trading Entreprise to design and operate a 18,000 cubic meters per day capacity wastewater treatment plant in Muscat under a US$ 62.9 million contract, according to news reports on Construction Week Online.com.

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