Solar project
Once completed, the Al Dhafra solar power project site will cover an area of approximately 20 square kilometres, authorities say. Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi: Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), the sole procurer of water and electricity within Abu Dhabi, has issued a tender for the construction and development of a new 2,000 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power project to be located at Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.

The new project forms part of a series of projects approved by the higher committee for the water and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi.

Once completed, the project site will cover an area of approximately 20 square kilometres almost doubling the capacity of the current largest operational single-site solar PV plant in the world, Noor Abu Dhabi.

“The new solar project in Al Dhafra marks yet another milestone in EWEC’s commitment to the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to increase the contribution of clean energy as part the country’s overall energy mix. The strong interest expressed so far illustrates the attractive business model and reaffirms the strong case for investment in UAE’s renewable energy sector,” said Othman Al Ali, CEO of EWEC, in a statement on Wednesday.

The new project is expected to achieve commercial operations during the first quarter of 2022, upon which it would take Abu Dhabi solar capacity to 3,200 MW.

Successful bidders would hold a 40 per cent equity participation in the project, with the remaining stake held by local entities.