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EDF & Jinko Power Consortium Bags Solar Project in Abu Dhabi

Power News - Published on Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Image Source: EDF Jinko Power Abu Dhabi
The bidder consortium, formed by French EDF Group subsidiary, EDF Renewables and Chinese Jinko Power Technology Co Ltd, both global leaders in renewable energy, has been awarded the Al Dhafra solar project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The future solar photovoltaic plant will be located in the region of Al Dhafra, 35 kilometers south of Abu Dhabi City. With a capacity of 2 GW, it will be the largest single-project solar plant in the world and will generate the equivalent electricity to power over 160,000 local households each year.

The plant will be the first one on such scale to deploy bifacial module technology, meaning that both sides of the PV modules capture light to yield higher generation.

A call for tenders was launched in June 2019 by Emirates Water and Electricity Company, a leading company in the coordination of planning, purchasing and providing of water and electricity across the UAE. EDF Renewables – Jinko Power submitted the most competitive bid of 1.35 USD cent per kilowatt-hour on a Levelized Electricity Cost basis.

The project is under a public-private partnership scheme. EDF Renewables and Jinko Power will hold 20% each. The 60% remaining share will be owned by TAQA and Masdar, the two Abu Dhabi based public-owned major players in the electricity sector.

The partners have signed the 30-year Power Purchase Agreement this week with EWEC. They are mobilized to start the construction works by the end of 2020 in order to reach the commissioning planned in 2022. The project will generate over 4,000 jobs during the construction phase.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 04 Aug 2020
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