Abengoa wraps up construction of 600 MW of solar troughs in Dubai
Aerial view of a parabolic trough solar field at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the United Arab Emirates. Image source: Abengoa (www.abengoa.com)
Spanish engineering and renewables group Abengoa SA announced on Thursday that it has finalised the construction of three 200-MW parabolic trough plants as part of the phase IV of the Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park mega-project outside Dubai.
The trio of concentrated solar power (CSP) fields are now equipped with 6,360 parabolic trough collectors, with Abengoa having to assemble more than 160,000 tonnes of structures for its part in the project.
The Spanish company worked under a contract with the phase IV EPC contractor Shanghai Electric Group (HKG:2727), and was in charge of the technology, design, engineering and construction of the parabolic trough plants.
A 100-MW molten salt central receiver tower plant with a thermal storage capacity of 13.5 hours, which Abengoa says is still under construction, will round out the CSP portion of the phase IV. The CSP complex will be complemented by a 250-MW solar PV farm.
The 950-MW fourth phase of the huge development in the Dubai desert is owned by the Noor Energy I consortium, which brings together ACWA Power, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and China’s Silk Road Fund.
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