Dubai Ruler announces US$3.87bn contract for world's largest CSP plant

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Once viewed as exclusively reliant on oil, pioneering projects such as Abu Dhabi's Shams and Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park symbolise the country's fearless embrace of the new realities of a future where fossil fuels will play an ever-diminishing role.

Sheikh Mohammed instructed the Dubai Police to open more centres in residential and commercial districts in Dubai to provide smart services and facilitate easy access and communication between the public and the police.

Gulfnews quoted the UAE Vice President as saying "We are steadily moving towards achieving Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 goals, which we have launched to turn Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy and become the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050".

In late June, it revealed plans to deploy new autonomous miniature patrol cars to fight crime. "We are proud that by demonstrating their capabilities, our local talent have proved that they are ready to assume responsibility", he added.

The local government said the contract for the fourth and final phase went to Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Electric and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia.

The new plant will come online in stages from 2020.

The project will include the world's tallest solar tower, standing 260 metres tall, the report said.

The power purchase agreement and the financial close are due to be completed shortly.

"The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai's total power output to 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050".

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic renewable energy project, using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It will generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017.

The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020, and the first stage of the 700MW CSP fourth phase will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2020, it stated.