Inauguration of Phase 2 of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
March 24, 2017
On 20th March 2017, Phase 2 of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was officially opened. This was a 1.2 billion Dhs project that is located near Al Qudra and the solar park will generate 200 megawatts of clean energy.
Phase 2 was a developed by DEWA who collaborated with a consortium led by ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia and Spanish company TSK. TSK was the project’s main contractor and ACWA Power will operate the plant. It incorporates 2.3 million thin-film photovoltaic panels that cover an area of 4.5 square kilometers; it can generate 200MW solar energy each day that is capable of powering 50,000 homes for one year. Annually it will save 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Hennessey L.L.C was awarded the civil works package on this incredibly prestigious and groundbreaking project. This included; construction of the substation, inverter slabs and oil manholes, perimeter fencing, CCTV installation, storage building, cable ducts and a pump room.
The project was completed in 13 months, which was ahead of time, originally scheduled for completion in April. TSK and Hennessey L.L.C also held an onsite ceremony to celebrate 1.5 million man-safe hours; details of which are in a previous post.
The park was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Also in attendance were Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
This is part of the multiphase Solar Park project, which will be the world’s largest single site solar park, inclusive of Phases 1 and 3. The entire project will expand over 77 square kilometers and will generate 1,000MW by 2020. The solar park will reduce carbon emissions by 6.5 million tonnes annually.