Substation advances solar power in Dubai


ABB has energised a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, a key element of the vision to generate 7% of Dubai’s power from clean energy sources by 2020; 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. The 400/132 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation has been built for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the UAE’s leading power utility, to connect the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and integrate 200 MW of electricity to the transmission grid. The utility scale solar photovoltaic plant, which covers 4,5 km2, will produce enough electricity to serve more than 130 000 people. Further expansions are planned and the solar park, when completed by 2030, will be spread across a 70 km2 area, making it the largest single-site solar project in the world with a capacity of 5000 MW – enough to serve 800 000 homes and help mitigate the impact of around 6,5-million t of CO2 per year.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel 010 202-5090,

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