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  • September 15, 2019
  • Abu Dhabi

Portugal’s secretary of state for energy visits Noor Abu Dhabi

Portugal’s secretary of state for energy was guest of honour as he visited Noor Abu Dhabi with a delegation from the Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC).

Portugal’s secretary of state for energy was guest of honour as he visited Noor Abu Dhabi with a delegation from the Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC).

Led by Othman Al Ali, EWEC CEO, Joao Galamba was given an update on the plant, one of the world’s single largest solar projects, and briefed on the imminent construction of a 2,000MW solar photovoltaic power facility in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi.

In a report by state-held news agency Wam, Al Ali said: "Over 3,000 workers were involved at Noor Abu Dhabi to help us in our mission to provide clean, reliable and efficient solar energy to the UAE’s electricity grid.

“As our programme continues to advance, particularly with construction underway at our Al Dhafra project, this is a role we take on with great pride and responsibility, and as always, energy security remains our overriding priority."

With some 3.2million panels installed across an 8km site, Noor Abu Dhabi provides energy for 90,000 residents and will offset CO2 emissions by one million metric tonnes when commercial operations begin in June – equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road.

Galamba hailed both EWEC and the country’s wider efforts to support energy sustainability.

He added: "I am incredibly impressed to see the Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Plant first-hand and the manner in which EWEC continues to deliver sustainable electricity to the highest international standards of safety, quality and performance.

"This approach could ensure the long-term sustainability of the UAE’s energy supply."