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Dubai to spend $23 B on electricity sector in next five years

UAE, Dubai: Dubai’s electricity sector will require total investment of $23 B (AED86 B) over the next five years for new projects and infrastructure upgrades.

Speaking during a virtual press event on 27  October, Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa), said that $23 B would be invested on new generation projects, including renewable energy schemes, and transmission and distribution (T&D) networks.

Al-Tayer said that half of the planned investments will be through public-private partnerships, where the private sector develops the infrastructure and is recompensed through long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) or water purchase agreements.

A significant amount of the planned investments over the next five years will be in the renewable energy sector, with Dubai planning for clean energy resources to meet 75 % of the emirate’s energy demand by 2050.

Energy & Utilities recently reported that the developer appointed to deliver the 900 MW fifth phase of Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) solar park had reached financial close for the $564 M project.

Dewa signed the power purchase agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power for the 900 MW fifth phase project in April. The PPA was signed for a levelised cost of electricity tariff of $0.017/kWh, one of the lowest PV solar tariffs in the world.

The MBR solar park is planned to have a total installed capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030. The park currently has 1,013 MW of PV solar capacity under operation, with 1,850 MW of PV and concentrated solar power capacity currently under construction.

Source: Energy & Utilities