Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), the leading water and electricity co-ordinator in the United Arab Emirates, has announced that Noor Abu Dhabi is the world's largest solar project with a capacity of 1,177 MW , began commercial work. The project will enable Abu Dhabi to increase its production of renewable energy and reduce the use of natural gas in electricity production, helping to make energy more sustainable and more efficient, and to reduce emissions of Emission of Carbon dioxide by 1 million metric tons a year, which is equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from the road .
A solar power plant worth AED3.2 billion, located in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and the Japanese Marubeni Corp. and Chinese Jinko Solar Holding Consortium.
Providing enough capacity to cover demand of 90,000 people, the plant has more than 3.2 million solar panels installed over 8km2 page. In addition to the size, Noor Abu Dhabi broke another record at the time of bidding, attracting the most competitive world tariff of 8,888 fils / kWh.
Reaching a Commercial Operation Date (COD) means the facility is now complete and started with full commercial operation. To reach this turning point in time, more than 2,900 people worked on the construction site during peak construction.
Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, President of EWEC, said: "The completion of the project marks a significant milestone in the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched in 2017 to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050 , with the reduction of carbon footprint by 70%. This is in line with the sector transformation strategy, providing alternative sources of energy that can help us improve the sustainability of the water and electricity sectors.
Othman Jumaa Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, added: "Noor Abu Dhabi will generate renewable energy and enable us to improve the use of our natural resources. The fact that a project of this magnitude has been successfully completed on time and in line with the budget emphasizes our commitment to providing sustainable energy for the future and is a real proof of the Emir's ability to carry out world class energy projects. Noor Abu Dhabi will additionally contribute to the renewable resources sector in the United Arab Emirates, exponentially increasing the existing solar capacities of Abu Dhabi as well as increasing UAE solar capacities. "
Kangping Chen, Executive Director Jinko Solar, said: "It is our privilege to participate and contribute to the successful and successful execution of this significant project, which will help the sustainable economic growth of Abu Dhabi and we are grateful to the government team to compile the world class competition program, their high level professionalism and their strong support throughout the process. The project would not be where it was without flawless collaboration between our partners and other interested parties. "
Yoshiaki Yokota, Chief Operating Officer, Marubeni's Power Business Division, said: "We are very pleased to deliver the largest solar PV PV project of independent power supply to full commercial operations within the budget and plan, and we appreciate the leadership of EWEC and the support of our business partner in this achievement. This project represents a significant milestone not only for the United Arab Emirates and the region but also for the global solar industry and the future of renewable energy sources. As the managing member of this project, Marubeni will contribute to the United Arab Emirates Energy Strategy through the project phase, and we will continue to contribute to the global energy sector as the leading provider of energy solutions. "