Abu Dhabi has embarked on a two-decade economic development and diversification plan, and has articulated a long-term urban planning framework to complement this development.
This includes a strategic commitment to pursue development that is as sustainable as possible. One aspect of this is support for the development of utility-scale renewable energy power plants to help meet the Emirate’s growing energy requirements. The first of these is the 100 MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant.
The Shams 1 project involves the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a CSP plant located in Abu Dhabi on a build, own, operate basis. The plant has a total installed net rated power output of 100 MW and will implement a proven parabolic trough technology that has been operating successfully for more than 20 years at the SEGS plants in the Mojave Desert in California.
The plant, which is the first utility-scale renewable energy power facility in Abu Dhabi, is being developed by Shams Power Company PJSC, a special purpose vehicle owned 60% by Masdar and 40% by the Total Abengoa Solar Emirates Investment Company, a vehicle jointly owned by Total (50%) and Abengoa (50%).
Shams 1 is located in the Western Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate at the northern latitude of 23°34' and the eastern longitude of 53°42', approximately 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi and 6 km from the town of Madinat Zayed on the road from Tarif to the Liwa Oasis. This location was selected because it offers sufficient space for the plant, a high level of direct solar irradiation, and easy connection to the existing power and gas grid infrastructure. Its location also contributes to the Emirate’s economic development goals by spurring economic activity in the Western Region.