Shams: One of the world’s largest concentrated Solar Power Plants

Location: Madinat Zayed, about 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
Design and construction: Total, Abengoa Solar, Masdar
Installed capacity: 100 MW

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number of parabolic mirrors installed at the Shams solar power plant
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Shams: the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant Shams, l’une des plus grandes centrales à solaire concentré du monde

Inaugurated in the Abu Dhabi desert in 2013, Shams is the largest concentrated solar thermal power plant in the Middle East. We built the plant in partnership with Masdar and Abengoa Solar.

For over 70 years, we have supported the United Arab Emirates in its effort to diversify its energy mix. Benefiting from an exceptionally high amount of sunshine across vast desert expanses, this solar power market has exceptional growth potential.

In 2010, local authorities selected the Group and our partner Abengoa, a leading provider of concentrated solar power solutions, to build and operate the largest concentrated solar power plant in the Middle East. In operation since March 2013, the Shams 100-MW power plant covers an area of 2.5 km2 and supplies over 20,000 homes.

Shams in pictures
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    Construction of Shams, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, in the United Arab Emirates
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    Construction of Shams, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, in the United Arab Emirates
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    Construction of Shams, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, in the United Arab Emirates
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    Construction of Shams, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, in the United Arab Emirates
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    Shams, l’une des plus grandes centrales à solaire concentré du monde
    Construction of Shams, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, in the United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi works to diversify its energy mix

The United Arab Emirates decided to diversify its energy sources to reduce its energy dependence. This strategy is led by Masdar, a state-owned company dedicated to developing clean and renewable energies. Established in 2006, the initiative includes the construction of Shams, as well as the creation of a carbon-neutral city and a cluster for scientific excellence.