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Ducab is key supplier of power cables for Middle East solar project

Ducab reports that the first stage of a major solar project it has been a supplier to in the Middle East has been commissioned, marking a first-time collaboration with it and the project developer, U.S.-based First Solar.

A press release said that the company is providing the power cable for the Mohammad Bin Rashid (MBR) Solar Park project, which was officially opened by Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, on Oct. 22, World Energy Day. The first MBR stage, it said, will generate 13 MW of electricity, and is expected to accommodate solar power plants ultimately generating 1,000 MW of power. It noted that in July 2013, Ducab began supplying 33kV MV, LV power and control and grounding cables for the project. The MBR Solar Park, it said, is the first such plant in the Middle East, and Ducab has been supporting the efforts since the project inception in January 2012. Specifically, it said, Ducab provided technical advice and solutions and on time cable deliveries, especially in cases of extreme urgency for the executors of the project, which is located in Seih Al Dahal on the Dubai-Al Ain road.

The project is in line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by the Shiek to strengthen the Emirate's use of renewable energy, "complementing the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources as follows: natural gas 71%, nuclear energy and clean coal 24%, and solar power 5% of Dubai's total power output," the release said.

Speaking about the MBR Solar Park, the General Manager for Sales & Marketing at Ducab, Colin McKay, had the following to say: "The project is one of the most important components of Dubai's strategy to diversify energy sources in the Emirate, as it is expected to provide 1% of total solar energy production by 2020 and 5% by 2030," said Colin McKay, Ducab's general manager for sales and marketing. "Generating energy using photovoltaic (PV) panels, the park aims to promote the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE in providing carbon-free renewable energy. ... This project is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the area and one of the most important and ambitious development projects seeking to contribute towards the achievement of the UAE Vision 2021."

McKay said that the project will help Ducab in terms of future supply contracts for power cables used in solar power plants, a growing field in the region. "This will open up new markets for the company's power cabling and wiring products, and Ducab will focus significantly in the coming period on entering into partnerships with organizations that seek the production of solar energy."

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