Abengoa to bid for Abu Dhabi solar plant: media


Abengoa plans to make a bid to participate in a 500 megawatt solar power plant in Abu Dhabi.

According to Reuters, the company intends to do so before the deadline for the same closes in October.

"We will be lodging a bid for the tender next month and we're optimistic about winning this contract," Abengoa's Pedro Robles reportedly said in an interview.

In the same interview, Robles said the intensity of the sun in areas such as Arabia and North Africa has drawn solar power developers to the region. "These areas have 40 per cent more radiation than Spain, if we could capture all the radiation which falls on just two percent of the desert, we would have enough energy to power the planet," he said.

Abengoa Solar has plants in Algeria and Morocco. (The project in Morocco is an Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) plant with a capacity of 470 MWe of which 20 MWe is supplied from a solar thermal trough system, whereas the project in Alegeria is an ISCC plant with a capacity of 150 MWe of which 20 MWe are supplied from a solar thermal trough system).