ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia has appointed Shanghai Electric Group as the engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contractor to deliver the fifth phase project of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai with capacity of 900 MW.

The Solar Park project is the largest single-site solar power plant in the Middle East. It comprises both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power technologies and will offer a total capacity of around 5 GW once complete.

The two groups have cooperated with each other in the 700-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project and the 250-MW PV solar power project, which are the fourth phase of the park. Shanghai Electric Group worked with ACWA Power for bidding the tender of the latest phase of 900 MW and won.

Zheng Jianhua, chairman of Shanghai Electric Group, and Muhammed Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, signed a cooperative agreement at an online signing ceremony on July 28.

«ACWA Power and Shanghai Electric are both acknowledged as important participators in the global energy field. The contract signing of the 900-MW Solar Park project is another milestone in the journey of the pair’s cooperation. I hope the upcoming plant will be another benchmark in the region as well as worldwide,» said Jianhua.

«As we move swiftly forward with implementation, the signing of the EPC contract between ACWA Power and Shanghai Electric for the fifth phase of the Solar Park project represents a crucial milestone of the cooperation between the two companies,» said Abunayyan.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be a key pillar in fulfilling Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai’s total power output to 75% by 2050.