The turnkey project (EPC) will be developed for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Masdar (Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy Company)
The EPC consortium led by Gransolar, which includes the Spanish firm ACCIONA Industrial and the Italian company Ghella, has signed the contract to construct what will be the world’s largest photovoltaic plant, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III), which will have a peak capacity of 1054 MWdc when complete. This will be a turnkey (EPC, Engineering, Procurement and Construction) project for a specifically created company formed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Masdar and was awarded in June 2016.
Although the contract was signed on 6 December 2016, it was publically presented today during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017, one of the world’s largest renewable energy events.
The new plant will cover approximately 17.8 km2 and will consist of more than three million photovoltaic panels equipped with single-axis solar tracking systems (mechanical devices capable of angling the panels) for producing clean energy. Once operational, the plant will prevent the emission of around 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
The project will be executed in three phases and is expected to be complete during the first half of 2020 to coincide with the Dubai EXPO.
“This important milestone is a clear demonstration of the strong momentum behind the expansion of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, now including partnerships with GranSolar, Acciona and Ghella – respected international companies with a strong track record in renewables. At Masdar, we are proud to be supporting the UAE in realising its bold clean energy targets, and we are grateful for DEWA’s excellent leadership in this benchmark project,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar .
“This plant is the first major step being taken in the region to move power generation from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Gransolar, a company that has specialised in photovoltaic energy for more than 10 years, is proud to be participating in this project and to be responsible for making it a success for Dubai and the UAE”, explained Domingo Vegas, chairman of Gransolar.
“This project marks a major step forward in the development of renewable energy in the Middle East and allows ACCIONA to offer its extensive experience of developing energy projects to this region. At ACCIONA Industrial we are committed to creating a more sustainable future based on the highest quality standards and respect for the environment”, said Ramón Jiménez, CEO of ACCIONA Industrial.
ACCIONA has extensive international experience of installing large-scale photovoltaic plants, with more than 479 MWp installed globally distributed across 27 proprietary and third-party plants.
Recent projects include construction of the Sishen plant in South Africa, the largest capacity photovoltaic plant on the African continent with a 94 MWp capability. The company also constructed the El Romero Solar plant in the Atacama Desert (Chile), one of the 10 largest plants in the world with a capacity of 246 MWp, capable of producing enough energy to supply 240,000 households. These plants are a reflection of ACCIONA’s commitment to developing renewable energy around the world.
Through its ACCIONA Industrial division, the company specialises in industrial EPC and turnkey projects with a high technology content for thermal power generation, oil & gas and hydroelectric generation. ACCIONA Industrial is committed to innovation and using the most advanced techniques, with major projects in development and under construction in South Africa, Canada, Australia, UAE, Egypt’s, Mexico, Brazil and Chile, among others.
ACCIONA is a leading group for sustainable infrastructure solutions and renewable energy projects around the world. It spans the entire value chain from design and construction through to operation and maintenance. With a presence in more than 30 countries and sales of €6.5 billion in 2015, the company is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates. ACCIONA seeks to lead the transition towards a low carbon economy, delivering quality and using innovative processes to optimise resource use and protect the environment in all of its projects.
GRANSOLAR is a Spanish construction company, specialized in renewable energy projects, with more than 10 years of experience in the solar photovoltaic industry. Gransolar provides their clients with bankable, internationally competitive solutions to source, validate, finance, execute and operate investment opportunities.
Gransolar is a vertically integrated company operating on all sections of the renewable energy project value chain (except for technological components). This means that the company can control costs, harmonize the EPC processes and can arbitrate on technology and systems to provide the optimum solution for any given project. Gransolar has a wide international footprint. By November 2016, GRS had successfully completed the construction of 85 plants with more than 400MW capacity. In the O&M business line, operating more than 260 MW.
Gransolar strategy is to develop, build, and operate a balanced portfolio of utility scale solar projects to meet the increasing demand for clean sustainable electricity at highly competitive prices. With a 1.5 gigawatt (GWp) project pipeline, operates in a number of established and emerging markets around the world. But also, GRS is flexible and ambitious and always open to review opportunities in new markets, to work with local government and stakeholders to generate renewable energy.
Founded in 1894, GHELLA is a leading Company in the construction of major infrastructure projects worldwide.
Along with it, Ghella is involved in the renewable energies sector, developing, constructing and operating solar and hydroelectric plants in Italy and in Central America with more than 80 MW of installed capacity.
In 2008 Ghella started in Italy the development of its activities in the field of renewable energies and particularly in the photovoltaic sector. The Company has successfully developed public and private projects with contracts in “Project Financing”, “EPC” and “Turnkey”.
All installations are built with crystalline silicon technology to reduce the impact to the landscape and to ensure the maximum performance of the power plant.
Ghella has experience in the construction of power plants due to the fact it acts as coordinator of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and because remote monitoring and control, efficiency check and O&M are done in – house by Ghella.
Ghella developed 60MW, most of which simultaneously built in 2010, achieving at the end of 2016 about 86,000 MWh/year of photovoltaic energy production.