Phase 5 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park completed

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Shanghai Electric announced the completion of the Phase B of the 900-MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) plant will be 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.

“We are proud to see the solar park hit another historical milestone after Phase A was connected to the grid in 2021. Now, work on Phase C is well underway and is expected to complete in 2023,” said Meng Chuanmin, Project Manager of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase V.

Shanghai Electric has made efforts to control the costs since transportation prices for cables have increased by a factor of ten due to unavailability of container shipment during Covid-19 pandemic. The team decided to ship cables via bulk carriers, despite the new solution driving up the workload.

In addition, due to the natural movement and fluidity of sand dunes, the team later discovered that the construction site was elevated by hundreds of thousands of cubic meters compared to the previously surveyed value, translating to an addition of $3 million to the overall cost.

Shanghai Electric came up with a plan that helped the team solve the issue while guaranteeing no interruption was caused to the construction progress.

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 Phrase A, B and C, with a total installed capacity of 1050 MW.

Shanghai Electric has also participated in the construction of 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 is able to store the 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 tons of carbon emissions every year, going a long way to helping Dubai achieve its 2050 renewable vision.