CHANGCHUN, China, January. 16, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- Significant progress has been made in the Dubai 700 MW
concentrated solar power project, announced as the world's largest single-site
CSP project. On Jan 9th, a topping-out ceremony for the project's
222-meter central tower was held, welcoming representatives from Shanghai
Electric - the project's general contractor - Dubai Electricity and Water
Authority (DEWA), Noor Energy 1 and China Construction Third Engineering
"SEGC (Shanghai Electric Group Company) showed us their outstanding
performance, finishing the concrete solar tower according to schedule, even if
they suffered tough challenges along the way," said Enrique Valades Nieto,
Noor Energy 1 Construction Manager.
The 700 MW CSP project marks phase four of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai and is a crucial part of the UAE government's
"Vision 2021" initiative to ensure sustainable and environmentally
In addition to "Vision 2021", the government also launched
the "Energy Strategy 2050 Plan", which aims to increase the
contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25 per cent to 50 per
cent by 2050. Once operational, the CSP plant will reduce Dubai's carbon
footprint by 1.6 million tons per year.
Sustainability is the focus of the project. Shanghai Electric engaged
experts and partners to relocate wild animals and 180 mesquite trees across the
40 sq km site to a new wildlife park to minimize the impact of construction.
The project also aims to generate jobs for residents and is supported by
an international team. It is estimated that as the project progresses, it will
create around 6000 jobs in the technology, energy management and construction