Firms set to build on 4th phase success with the installation of 900MW of photovoltaic and concentrated solar power at the site.

Shanghai Electric Group has been appointed as the engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contractor for the fifth phase project of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

The Solar Park project is the largest single-site solar power plant in the Middle East with the 900MW fifth phase being constructed by ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia after it secured the tender in November 2019.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and will comprise both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies and a total capacity of around 5GW once complete.

Shanghai Electric Group and ACWA Power have previously cooperated with each other in the 700MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project and the 250MW PV solar power project of the fourth phase of the Solar Park.

Muhammed Abunayyan, chairman, ACWA Power said at an online signing ceremony on July 28 that ACWA Power and Shanghai Electric Group have made a number of breakthroughs since first partnering in 2008.

“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. He added that to the latest project, the Group will bring more pioneering technologies and create larger value than before.

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