Blaze at Shams 1 solar plant in Abu Dhabi extinguished, no injuries

Blaze at Shams 1 solar plant in Abu Dhabi extinguished, no injuries
Published: 17 November 2019 - 11:28 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

A fire has been extinguished on Saturday at Shams 1 solar field in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, with no injures reported, the company said.

The Abu Dhabi Civil Defence and fire crews remain on site, the company said in a statement.

A spokesperson confirmed the incident, with no injuries reported.

“An incident has taken place at the Shams 1 solar field in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi," the “Shams Power Company said.

"A fire broke out [on Saturday evening] in one of the quadrants of the solar array.

"The fire has been extinguished and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence and fire crews remain on site, while we can confirm that there were no injuries.

“Shams Power Company would like to thank its employees and the responders from emergency services for dealing with this matter so quickly and with consummate professionalism.”

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Shams 1 was the largest renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East when it was launched in 2013.

It occupies 2.5 square kilometres and has a capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity.

It was the UAE’s first project financed solar power facility.

The plant, a joint venture between Masdar and France’s Total, generates electricity to power 20,000 homes.

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