Shams: One of the world’s largest concentrated Solar Power Plants

Location: Madinat Zayed, about 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
Design and construction: TotalEnergies, Abengoa Solar, Masdar
Installed capacity: 100 MW

number of parabolic mirrors installed at the Shams solar power plant
Shams, Abu Dhabi

Inaugurated in the Abu Dhabi desert in 2013, Shams is one of the largest concentrated solar thermal power plant in the world. We built the plant in partnership with Masdar and Abengoa Solar.

For over 70 years, we have supported the United Arab Emirates in its effort to diversify its energy mix. Benefiting from an exceptionally high amount of sunshine across vast desert expanses, this solar power market has exceptional growth potential.

In 2010, local authorities selected the Company and our partner Abengoa, a leading provider of concentrated solar power solutions, to build and operate the largest concentrated solar power plant in the Middle East. In operation since March 2013, the Shams 100-MW power plant covers an area of 2.5 km2 and supplies over 20,000 homes.

The sun shines on Abu Dhabi


In 2016, to make the most of its exceptionally sunny climate, Abu Dhabi decided to diversify its energy sources. This initiative, led by state-owned Masdar company, led to the construction of a concentrated solar power plant, Shams, in which TotalEnergies is a shareholder. It also gave birth to Masdar City, a new city with a low-carbon, renewable energy transportation network and a zero-waste strategy. Lastly, it led to the creation of a scientific center of excellence located in the heart of the new city. Masdar City is currently partly operational and the city is home to multinationals such as Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Schneider Electric. Its short-term objective is now to quadruple its number of residents.