World’s largest solar plant

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ABU DHABI — Even before the Sweihan plant — which is the world’s largest solar plant — could be completed and become operational in mid-2019, Abu Dhabi is already planning to build another one.

A senior official of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) announced that his office is already studying the project which is bigger than the current project.

The current project in Sweihan under construction is worth $870 million.

“It will be bigger than the current solar project, which is under construction in Sweihan. It will be a joint collaborative project between Adwea and private companies to meet the growing energy demand,” said Adel Al Saeedi, acting director of privatisation in Adwea, on the sidelines of UAE economic outlook forum in Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the early countries that ventured to shift from coal to other forms of energy source in its bid to generate clean energy.

The project is being undertaken by Adwea in cooperation with Japanese company Marubeni, and Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar.
Abu Dhabi has set a target of 7 per ent of renewable energy by 2020.

Al Saeedi also said they invited international firms to express interest in building a water desalination plant in Taweelah, about 45 kilometres north of the capital for potable water supply.

The project will comprise the development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and ownership of a greenfield reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant with a capacity of 200 million gallons per day.

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