Abu Dhabi launches tender for 1.5 GW solar project


Abu Dhabi is expected to publish the tender (RFP) for the contract to develop its third large independent solar photovoltaic (PV) project, PV3, next year.

Abu Dhabi state buyer Emirates Water & Electricity Company (Ewec) is in the process of receiving transaction advisory offers for PV3, which sources say will likely have a capacity of 1,500 MW.

“The PV3 tender is expected to be released next year, with transaction advisers expected to be appointed soon,” one of the sources told MEED.

The site location for PV3 was being finalized, MEED reported in January 2020, citing Bruce Smith, Ewec’s director of forecasting and planning.

“There are a few potential sites and the confirmed site may impact the size of the project going forward,” Smith told MEED at the time.

However, Ewec has delayed the publication of the transaction advisory tender for PV3, which was expected last year.

Ewec’s statement of capacity requirements from 2021 to 2027, released in May, also indicated that only a small amount of solar PV generation in addition to the capacity under construction is needed in 2026, with the next major expansion being considered in 2027.

More recent developments related to the supply schedule for PV3 indicate that this position could have changed.

In November, the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) said the emirate was planning two solar projects with a combined capacity of 2,000 MW as part of the UAE’s campaign to reduce emissions. of carbon dioxide by 29 million tonnes per year by 2030.

The planned programs will contribute around 10% of the country’s carbon reduction target.

Support for net zero 2050

In addition to existing and planned solar photovoltaic systems, the 5,600 MW power generation capacity of the Barakah nuclear power plant, when its four units are completed and operational, will support the country’s goal of net carbon emissions of d. ‘by 2050 and the intervention target to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

By 2025, Abu Dhabi’s combined clean energy capacity is expected to reach 8,800 MW or the equivalent of 31% of its total power generation mix, up from 13% today, the DoE said.

Abu Dhabi’s first large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV1) system, with a capacity of 1,177 MW and located in Sweihan, entered commercial operation in 2019. PV2, located in Al-Dhafra, with a capacity of nominal 2,000 MW, is under construction and is expected to be completed at the end of next year.

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