Web Exclusive | June 2017
S&W awarded the world’s largest solar PV plant
Sterling and Wilson has bagged turnkey engineering, procurement and construction along with the operation and maintenance contract for the world’s largest single location solar PV plant in Sweihan, Emirates of Abu Dhabi. The project will deliver a capacity of 1,177 MWp, easily surpassing the current largest 850 MWp single location plant in China.
With construction already under way, the plant - spread over a desert area of 7.8 sq km - is scheduled to be fully integrated with the grid in a record time line of just 23 months. To top it all, the project was awarded at the lowest ever recorded bid in the history of PV solar.
The plant is jointly developed by Marubeni, a Japanese integrated trading and investment giant, along with Jinko, a global leader in the solar industry, and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).
The consortium has successfully bid a tariff of $2.42 cents/kWh, marking the lowest cost ever for solar power. This is a positive demonstration of the promising future of clean energy, reducing the dominance of fossil-fuel-backed power plants.
The project will play a major role in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi achieving its aim of sustainability and energy diversification, through the use of clean energy/low carbon growth in accordance with the world’s vision of long-term environmental stewardship. The plant, once commissioned, would save around 7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year, a number that would be a national landmark.
States Bikesh Ogra, President – Renewable Energy, Sterling and Wilson, “We are fully geared and very excited to be a part of this important milestone in the global solar market.”