Abu Dhabi's new reverse osmosis, solar plants to progress in 2019

Abu Dhabi's new reverse osmosis, solar plants to progress in 2019
Published: 15 January 2019 - 7:30 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

As World Future Energy Summit Abu Dhabi 2019 – which is being held in the UAE capital – gets under way, top officials from the emirate have revealed the renewable energy investments made in Abu Dhabi since 2006.

The UAE capital has to date invested $2.2bn (AED8bn) in renewable energy schemes, and chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy, Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, said clean energy investments in the city will expand this year, particularly in the fields of reverse osmosis water technology and solar electricity production.

Design and contracting developments are expected on the reverse osmosis water project by the end of Q3 2019, while the new solar scheme, which will seek to generate electricity from solar energy, will have a capacity of 1,500 megawatts (MW).

These projects will be detailed during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will be held from 12-19 January in Abu Dhabi.

Clean energy investments in the UAE capital started with the $599m (AED2.2bn) Shams 1. With a capacity of 100 MW, Shams 1 is the Middle East’s largest renewable energy project in operation, and marked Abu Dhabi’s first renewable project in 2006. Comprising 768 parabolic trough collectors, the solar field is known to generate clean and renewable energy, according to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam.

Another major solar scheme in Abu Dhabi is Noor Abu Dhabi, which is the world’s largest independent solar plant, located in Sweihan. Noor has a capacity of 1.17 gigawatts, and cost $871m (AED3.2bn) to develop.

“An Asian consortium consisting of Jinko Solar of China and Marubeni of Japan offered a tariff of 2.42 cents per kWh, making it the lowest ever levelised cost of electricity bid for solar power,” Al Marar said.

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