Sheikh Mohammed launching the project

Sheikh Mohammed launching the project

China fund acquires 24pc stake in Dubai solar plant

01 August 2018

China’s Silk Road Fund will acquire a 24.01 per cent equity interest in the 700-MW Dewa concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the UAE, Acwa Power, a leading developer and operator of power generation plants and an investor in the project, said.

 A deal to this effect was signed in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping; UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The agreement was signed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), and Yanzhi Wang, president of the Silk Road Fund.

Dewa CSP Project will be now jointly invested and developed by Dewa, Silk Road Fund, and Acwa Power.

The Dewa CSP project, which was awarded to an Acwa Power-led consortium in 2017, is the 4th phase of the Mohamed bin Rashid Solar Park, the largest single-site concentrated solar power plant in the world.

The project uses a state-of-the-art combination of a central tower and parabolic trough technologies to collect energy from the sun, store it in molten salt and produce steam as required to generate electricity during the day and throughout the night.

The project is projected to deliver electricity at a levelised tariff of 7.30 US cents per kilowatt-hour 24 hours a day, a cost level that competes with fossil fuel generated electricity without subsidy for reliable and dispatchable solar energy around the clock. The plant will support the Dubai Clean Energy strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai to 25 per cent by 2030, and is expected to provide an annual saving of 2.4 million tonnes of CO2.

Silk Road Fund is a market-oriented, international and professional medium to long-term development and investment institution. It invests in a broad spectrum of sectors under the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative including infrastructure, energy resources, industrial capacity cooperation and financial cooperation.

Paddy Padmanathan, chief executive officer of Acwa Power, said: “The introduction of a new investor into the Dewa CSP is absolutely in line with Acwa Power’s established strategy of sharing investments with value adding partners who will in turn bolster our projects. We could not have found a more capable partner than Silk Road Fund to complement Dewa and us on what is the largest single renewable energy project underway in the world today.

“This co-investment also is in keeping with our investment strategy of efficiently deploying our own capital to retain a meaningful level of equity interest in each project that is sufficient to permit us to be the long-term investor with de facto control over the investment and for us to remain focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at low cost.”

Rajit Nanda, chief investment officer of Acwa Power, said: “I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to introduce an investor of the quality and international reputation of the Silk Road Fund.

“This investment is a testimony to the strong track record Acwa Power has already demonstrated as a reliable and responsible project developer and operator.”

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