The Al Ajban Solar PV Project in Abu Dhabi has unveiled official plans to award its development contract by the fourth quarter of 2023. Abu Dhabi-based off-taker for the water and power project, the Emirates Water Electricity Company (EWEC) made the announcement on Monday. The company confirmed that by Q4, it will award the 1,500Mwac Independent power project. Furthermore, it will include the execution of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Thus far, EWEC noted that the development has received a total of four proposals. In a nutshell, the Al Ajban Solar PV Project features as the company’s single-site solar power plant, under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.
An official press statement confirmed that it had received proposals from Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, Saudi’s ACWA Power, and France’s EDF Renewables. Moreover, a consortium consisting of Japan’s JERA and China’s Chinko submitted their proposal. Moving forward, the statement noted, will involve a detailed commercial and technical evaluation process. Thereafter the best proposal will then, be selected.
The Al Ajban Solar PV Project’s Generation Capacity
Quite impressively, the project will potentially supply 60% of Abu Dhabi’s power demand. Moreover, the solar plant will generate electricity sufficient enough to power up to 160,000 households. It is also recognized as EWEC’s third world-leading solar PV development. As a result, the project will approximately raise EWEC’s total solar power capacity to 4 gigawatts AC (GWac). Additionally, it is reported to significantly contribute to increasing Abu Dhabi’s solar power generation capacity target. By 2030, the facility will potentially boost solar power generation to 7.3 GW. Additionally, by 2035, the project aims to meet total power demand goals, from clean and renewable energy sources.
As a whole. the Al Ajban Solar PV Project reflects Abu Dhabi’s position as an international leader, especially in addressing pressing climate change challenges. The Chief Executive Officer of EWEC noted that it strives to demonstrate accumulative expertise in the commissioning of emission-free developments. Othman Al Ali also said that it aims to secure reliable and sustainable power supply, across the region.