JinkoPower and EDF Renewables Consortium Sign the Power Purchase Agreement for the World's Single Largest Solar Project in Abu Dhabi
Jinko Power Technology Co., Ltd., a leading global renewable energy IPP that develops, builds, finances, owns and operates solar power generation plants makes an announcement today. JinkoPower and its bidding partner EDF Renewables are awarded with the Al Dhafra Project, the world's largest standalone Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A 30-year Power Purchase Agreement has been signed by the consortium this week with Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
With an expected production capacity of 2 GW, the Al Dhafra Project will lift Abu Dhabi's total solar power generation capacity to approximately 3.2 GW. This will reduce the overall Emirate's CO2 emissions by more than 3.6 million metric tons per year, which is equivalent to removal of the combustion output of approximately 720,000 vehicles.
In June 2019, EWEC launched a call for tenders. The JinkoPower-EDF Renewables consortium submitted the most cost-competitive tariff of USD 1.35 cent per kilowatt-hour on a levelized cost of electricity basis, which is approximately 44% lower than tariff set by Jinko Consortium on the Noor Abu Dhabi project – Abu Dhabi's first large-scale solar PV project and a world record tariff-setter at the time.
Mr. Charles Bai, President of JinkoPower International Business, commented:
"Jinko once again is privileged to take on the unforeseen challenge of building the largest PV generation plant in the world, following our success of Noor Abu Dhabi project. Utmost fairness, transparency, and an attractive environment for investors underpin our long term desire to keep developing renewable energy projects in Abu Dhabi. The Al Dhafra Solar Project raises the bar for international infrastructure investment and creates the avenue for an elite group of competitions to demonstrate how records can be made. Today Jinko undertakes within our capacity to deliver this technology and construction benchmark in two years to come. We are proud to have the chance to break our own world record and Jinko will diligently execute this project with our partners.”
Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, said: "We are delighted to work with our partners and sign a PPA with a record-low tariff for solar power. We are working to secure long-term energy supply and reinforce solar power's integral role in meeting current and future energy needs. Combined with key technological advances, the Al Dhafra project will have a significant impact on diversifying the approach to our current electricity supply, and drive our strategic plan to further contribute towards the sector's transformation in water and electricity production, as we develop a low-carbon grid in the UAE."
Bruno Bensasson, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice-President Renewable Energies and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renewables added:
"We are very proud to be awarded the largest solar project in the world at Al Dhafra. This success reflects the quality of our competitive bid submitted to EWEC in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with JinkoPower.
This new ambitious project represents a major step forward in EDF group's renewable energies development in the UAE. The solar projects, along with the Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind farm under construction in Saudi Arabia, clearly demonstrate our commitment to actively participate to the energy transition of the Middle East. The region with its great ambitions in low carbon energies is strategic for EDF. "
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