Abu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar has announced that it has passed the halfway mark in the construction of a 16.6 MW solar power plant network in Mauritania.

Masdar broke ground on the project in December last year and once complete, the network of eight solar Masdar on track with Mauritania solar plantsplants will supply 30 per cent of the electricity demand to several remote off-grid communities, reducing their dependency on diesel-fired generators.

Masdar chief executive Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said: “Delivery of this innovative network will bring electricity to thousands of families for the first time, changing their lives for the better and further enabling socio-economic development.”

Mauritania’s national electricity provider Société Mauritanienne d’electricité (SOMELEC) selected Masdar for the project based on its successful delivery of the 15 MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant in the capital city of Nouakchott.

At the time of its completion in 2013, this plant was the largest solar power installation in Africa and Mauritania’s first utility-scale solar power project, accounting for more than 10 per cent of the country’ grid-connected capacity.

Director of Masdar Special Projects Khaled Ballaith said: “By working in remote locations like Afghanistan and the Pacific Islands, our team has acquired vast expertise in deploying small-scale off-grid solutions to communities without access to secure energy. Our capacity for efficient delivery under challenging conditions is the reason why we were assigned this project in Mauritania. Coupling innovative project management strategies with cutting edge technology has ensured we can deliver clean energy to these communities.”