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UAE to become home of world’s largest CSP plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Masdar (Abu Dhabi; www.masdar.ae) has appointed the bidding consortium of Total (Paris, France; www.total.com) and Abengoa Solar (Seville, Spain; www.abengoasolar.com) as a partner to own, build and operate Shams 1, said to be the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, and the first of its kind in the Middle East. The joint venture between Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Abengoa Solar (20%) will develop, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be located in Madinat Zayed, approximately 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Extending over an area of 2.5 km, the Shams 1 will have a capacity of about 100 MW and a solar field with 768 parabolic trough collectors to be supplied by Abengoa Solar. Construction is slated to begin during Q3 2010 and is expected to take about two years.
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