Four firms bid for DEWA’s solar power project advisory service.

Dubai’s utility service provider Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received four bids to provide Independent Power Producer (IPP) advisory services for 200 MW first phase of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project – Phase IV at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The bidders are Ernst and Young Middle East (Dubai Branch), KPMG Lower Gulf Ltd, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers (MEG) Ltd, according to DEWA’s website.

The tender was floated on 29 May, 2016 with closing date as 20 July, 2016.

In a statement issued in June 2016, the authority said it intends to build the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, using the IPP model. The first phase of the CSP project will be operational by April 2021, with the entire project generating 1,000MW by 2030.

In June 2016, Reuters reported that a Masdar-led consortium, which includes Spanish companies Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Gransolar Group, was awarded the contract for 800 MW second phase of the Solar Park.

DEWA is working to diversify Dubai’s energy mix to include 61 per cent from natural gas, 25 per cent from solar energy, 7 per cent from clean coal, and 7 per cent from nuclear power by 2030.

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