Redefining solar power capabilities with a one-of-a-kind CSP plant

The Shams 1 hybrid solar power station is the first of its kind in the Middle East, using natural gas along with solar power to enhance its capabilities. 

Key information

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Date started: 2011

Completion date: 2012

About the programme

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Government-owned Mubadala Development Company, Masdar is guided by Abu Dhabi Economic Vision for 2030, a comprehensive plan to drive new sources of income for the Emirate as well as strengthening Abu Dhabi’s knowledge-based economic sectors. The programme includes a strategic commitment to pursue sustainable development. 

With this end in mind, Shams 1, a hybrid solar power station near Abu Dhabi has been developed, built, operated and maintained as a joint venture between Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Abengoa Solar (20%) under the special purpose vehicle Shams Power Company. One of the world's largest parabolic trough power stations, the development is unique in the sector due to the innovative technology it uses to operate in harsh environmental conditions and respond to challenges from high-velocity winds, sand, and water scarcity.



  • 2.5km² plant area
  • 768 parabolic trough collectors
  • 100 MW generation capacity
  • 175,000 tonnes Carbon dioxide displaced every year - the same as planting 1.5 million trees

Our contribution

Our experts were fully integrated into the Shams 1 project team, and our services included: