Akin Gump Advises Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company As It Signs Power Purchase Agreement for World’s Biggest Solar Project

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) – On February 28, 2017, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (ADWEC) and a consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation and JinkoSolar entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 1,177 MW Sweihan Solar PV Independent Power Project in Abu Dhabi.

The project will be the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The project is due to enter into operation in the second quarter of 2019 and represents an important part of the UAE’s plans for strategic diversification involving clean energy resources.

Akin Gump is acting as legal advisor to ADWEC and its parent, the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), in the development and financing of the project.

Chadi Salloum, co-partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Abu Dhabi office; Ed Zaelke, chair of Akin Gump’s global project finance practice; and Dan Sinaiko, partner in the firm's global project finance practice, are leading the deal team for Akin Gump. They are supported by senior counsel Shawn Davis and David Lee, counsel Nidal Daraiseh and Inderveer Hothi and associate Jeff Quinn-Cane.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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