The commencement of solar panel installation marks the initiation of the final phase of the solar power plant project located in Mocha, Yemen. This solar station, boasting a capacity of 20 megawatts, is being realized with the support of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
Eng. Mohamed Hassan, the project manager, highlighted that this phase’s initiation follows the completion of a substantial portion of the project’s construction works. It is noted that upon the conclusion of this phase, the project will be prepared for operational status.
Yemen grapples with a severe energy crisis, a situation expected to exacerbate in the near future, particularly due to the declining electricity service in Aden, the interim capital.
In response, the Yemeni government has sought aid from Saudi Arabia to urgently provide oil derivatives for powering the Aden-based electricity stations. This region is currently plagued by extensive and frequent power disruptions.
Saudi support in terms of oil derivatives is projected to partially address the energy requirements of power plants in Aden, Abyan, Lahj, and several government governorates recognized internationally.
In Yemen, renewable energy initiatives have emerged as a promising solution to mitigate recurring power shortages. Particularly, solar energy has played a critical role in delivering water, sustenance, and power amid the country’s challenging economic circumstances. Noteworthy is the contribution of the UAE in tackling Yemen’s energy crisis.
The UAE’s involvement encompasses three projects, including the Aden power station, equipped with a 120-megawatt capacity, the Al-Mokha station, and the central station in Shabwa Governorate, each possessing a capacity of 100 megawatts.