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Morocco: DEWA head visits Noor 1

In North Africa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), recently visited the Noor 1 solar power station  in Ouarzazate, Morocco, to share in best practices and witness a solar project of this scale.

Al Tayer was accompanied by HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, Albawaba Business reported.

Noor 1 solar plant

The Noor project, which was developed by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Spanish firms Sener SA and Acciona SA, is estimated to have a total capacity of 2GW by 2020 once all four units have reached completion.

Noor 1 is part of a three phase project, which came online in February this year and has a capacity of 160MW, has the capacity to store 3 hours of thermal energy storage, which is developed on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis.

Al Tayer said: “Through this visit, we aim to enhance collaboration on clean solar energy. The transformation towards clean energy has positive environmental, social and economic effects, making conventional energy less competitive and attractive for further investments.

“Clean energy is a great opportunity for the future, as demand keeps rising around the world.”

Al Tayer added: “In adherence with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we launched the largest CSP project in the world, using the IPP model, with an expected capacity of 1,000MW by 2030, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 with a total investment of AED 50 billion.

“DEWA has received a global record price of $2.99 cents per kilowatt for the park’s third phase.

Developing CSP

“DEWA also aims to build the largest CSP project in the world, using the IPP model, the third phase will be operational in 2020. The UAE’s Masdar-led consortium was the selected bidder for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

He concluded: “The importance of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park lies in two points: it is the first of its kind in the region, and in its capacity. It is the first of several promising projects to use renewable energy to generate electricity in Dubai.”

According to Albawaba Business, “DEWA intends to build the largest CSP project in the world, using the Independent IPP model. DEWA has released a tender for leading international CSP consultants to submit their proposals for advisory services for the 200MW first project of the CSP plant.

“It will be operational by April 2021. DEWA will generate 1,000MW using this technology by 2030 in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which has a total investment worth AED 50 billion. It will produce 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.”


Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.