Shanghai Electric on Monday celebrates the opening of Block B in phase five of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Phase V) in Dubai. The electricity generation for commercial use started 17 days earlier than scheduled.
“We are excited to announce the official opening of commercial operations of Block B of the MBR Phase V project 17 days ahead of schedule,” said Qiu Minghua, Vice General Manager of Shanghai Electric, at the ceremony. “Our company expects to complete the subsequent handover, as well as getting underway the construction of Block C, in due course.”
Omar Al-Hassan, the CEO of Shuaa Energy 3, the company in charge of implementation of the project, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all parties involved for their hard work and achievements at the opening ceremony.
The MBR Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It has a planned production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030. When completed, it will save over 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, according to the Government of Dubai.
The fifth phase of the project has a total planned capacity of 900 MW. It is divided into three blocks–A, B and C, each with a capacity of 300 MW.
Block A was put into full operation in July 2021. “The design for Block C has been provisionally completed, meaning that preparations for its construction, including equipment deliveries, and the laying of underground cables, are in full swing,” said Shanghai Electric in a statement.
The company said that the construction in the early stages has been affected by rising raw material prices and logistic problems. However, they still managed to deliver the project on time and even ahead of the schedule.