Saudi Arabia awards first major wind project worth $500m

Saudi Arabia is set to build its first utility-scale wind farm. (Reuters)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia awards first major wind project worth $500m

  • A consortium led by France’s EDF and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar won the bid for the 400-megawatt Dumat Al-Jandal wind project in Al Jouf province
  • Project will generate power to supply up to 70,000 Saudi households

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it has awarded a contract to build its first utility-scale wind farm, as part of its aim to diversify its energy sector.

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) — part of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources — awarded the Dumat Al-Jandal wind project to a consortium led by France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, known as Masdar.

When completed, the $500 million, 400-megawatt Dumat wind farm will generate sustainable power for up to 70,000 Saudi households and is expected to create almost 1,000 jobs during construction and operation.

“The project will be Saudi Arabia’s first utility-scale wind farm,” AFP quoted the ministry as saying. “This milestone represents another significant step ... toward creating a diversified power sector mix.”

REPDO received four bids for the project from companies across five countries. The project was awarded based the levelized cost of energy of 2.13 US cents per kilowatt hour, registering a new record-low price for a project of this type in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

REPDO was established in 2016 to deliver on the goals of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), in line with the Vision 2030 reform program. The program aims to maximize the potential of renewable energy in Saudi Arabia.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.