The “Sakaka plant” is the first renewable energy project in Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz bin Salman: The crown prince’s directives have raised our level of ambitions
Thursday – 26 Shaaban 1442 AH – 08 April 2021 AD
Saudi Arabia seeks to switch from liquid fuel consumption to gas and renewable energy (SPA)
Sakaka: “Middle East Online”
The Minister of Energy commended the support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his sound guidance in all areas that achieve benefits for the homeland and citizens, appreciating the support and support of the Crown Prince, saying: “I must acknowledge the great leadership role that Prince Muhammad bin Salman plays in empowering the sector. Energy, through his leadership of the Supreme Committee for Hydrocarbon Affairs and the Supreme Committee for Energy Mix Affairs to produce electricity and enable the renewable energy sector, and his directives that led to raising the level of our ambitions, ”noting that“ these projects represent a practical application, on the ground, of (Vision 2030). ), Contributes to reaching an optimal energy mix, and Saudi Arabia’s shift from consuming liquid fuels to gas and renewable energy, which makes them milestones in the energy sector’s march.
He stressed that the sector plays a fundamental role in these projects, indicating that the Sakaka project was developed by the pioneering company ACWA Power in this field, of which the Public Investment Fund owns 50 percent of it, and its projects have spread in many countries of the world, and it has achieved achievements at the level of localization of jobs. 97 percent of the Sakaka plant operation team are Saudis, 90 percent of whom are from Al-Jawf region.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman stressed that the importance of these projects “lies in the fact that they represent practical steps towards achieving a number of strategic goals for the goals of (Vision 2030), for the energy system as a whole, and the electricity sector in particular,” indicating that “the exploitation of renewable energy sources represents An important part of the quest to reduce liquid fuel consumption in the production of electricity, and to reach an optimal energy mix, which aims to make the share of gas and renewable energy sources in this mix approximately 50 percent each by 2030, by displacing approximately one million barrels of oil equivalent Of liquid fuel daily, it is consumed as fuel in the production of electricity, water desalination and other sectors. He pointed out that «all this will enable the Kingdom to raise the efficiency of energy consumption in the production of electricity, and to confirm and enhance the level of environmental commitment, to reduce the level of emissions causing global warming».
The Minister of Energy stated that “these projects, and others that are being established across the country, such as hydrogen and ammonia production projects, and the Kingdom adopts the circular carbon economy approach, which was approved by the G20 summit, based on the Saudi initiative, as an effective approach to achieving the goals related to climate change and ensuring the creation of regulations. More sustainable and less expensive energy are elements that support and complement the ambitious goals aimed at the initiatives (Green Saudi Arabia) and (Green Middle East), which were announced by the Crown Prince a few days ago, and which show the world the Kingdom’s determination to continue fulfilling its obligations under agreements to protect the environment and combat Climate change”.
He added that “completing these projects, and others, and linking them to the national grid, will contribute to enhancing the Kingdom’s capabilities in producing electricity to meet the national need, enhance the reliability of the electrical network, and support Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans to become one of the main countries in the field of producing and exporting electricity using renewable energy. The commercial exchange of electric energy through electrical interconnection projects with neighboring countries, which began with the electrical connection with the Gulf countries, while work is underway on the electrical connection with Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, and it will strengthen the quest to localize the manufacture of components for the production of solar energy and wind energy, develop its technologies, and enable the competencies working in the sector ».
The Minister of Energy was briefed, during his visit to Al-Jawf, about the Dumat Al-Jandal wind power plant project, which will produce about 400 megawatts, which is being developed by the Masdar Alliance, EDF and Nesma, and is inspecting its work.
The announced photovoltaic projects include the Sudair project with a capacity of 1500 megawatts, the Qurayyat 200 megawatts project, the Shuaiba 600, Jeddah 300 megawatts, Rabigh 300 megawatts, Rafha 20 megawatts and Medina 50 megawatts. Its total capacities, in addition to the two projects in the Al-Jouf region, are: They are the Sakaka Solar Energy Project and the Dumat Al Jandal Wind Energy Project, 3670 MW. These projects will provide electricity to more than 600,000 housing units and cut more than 7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also distinguished by that it is implemented through Independent Production (IPP), and the energy that will be produced by these projects will be purchased within the framework of energy purchase agreements for a period ranging between 20 and 25 years with the Saudi Power Purchase Company.
It is noteworthy that the renewable energy programs that the Ministry of Energy is working on include support for building this promising sector, by mobilizing private sector investments, and encouraging partnerships between the public and private sectors, to create a competitive national market for renewable energy that enhances the opportunities for establishing a new industry for this energy technology. The sites designated for renewable energy projects will be carefully selected by a specialized Saudi technical team, in order to achieve the highest possible quality of electric energy production, and will contribute to shaping the features of the circular carbon economy, which the Kingdom adopted and supported during its presidency of the G20 last year, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector in Country.
Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia