Saudi Arabia announces creation of Neom Company

The closed joint-stock NEOM Company will be fully owned by the Public Investment Fund and develop NEOM, the planned $500 billion mega-city. (Supplied: NEOM)
Updated 05 February 2019

Saudi Arabia announces creation of Neom Company

  • The new company will be entirely owned by the Public Investment Fund
  • Purpose will be to oversee the creation of the $500 billion mega-city

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has established a company to develop NEOM, the planned $500 billion mega-city set to be built in the northwest of the Kingdom, it was announced on Tuesday.

The closed joint-stock NEOM Company will be fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.

It will develop the vast NEOM project, which will include multiple cities, airports, a seaport, tourist areas, industrial complexes and “innovation centers.”

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The change in the legal status of NEOM will also allow it to pursue ventures in 16 key economic sectors, including energy, water, tourism, media and health.

Nadhmi Al-Nasr will serve as the CEO of NEOM, according to the statement. 

“The new entity will have a unique and historical role to play as it will be responsible for developing a new global destination from scratch on a huge area and a futuristic civilization that is based on sustainability and livability,” he said.

“All this aims to turn NEOM into a global center for attracting investment, knowledge, innovation and technology in order to compete with all economic capital cities.”

The NEOM project — which was announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017 — is expected to create thousands of jobs.

Saudi Arabia announced on Jan. 16 that it was to start developing the first urban area of the project.

Chaired by the crown prince, the founding board approved the masterplan concept for NEOM Bay, which will include homes, lifestyle and tourist facilities, and “innovation centers.”

It is expected to focus on luxurious living, and will include high-end hotels and villas.


New agreement for green hydrogen production plant in NEOM

Updated 07 July 2020

New agreement for green hydrogen production plant in NEOM

  • The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM with international and national partners in the renewable energy field

JEDDAH: A $5 billion production facility powered by renewable energy to supply 650 tons of carbon-free hydrogen daily for export to global markets is to be built at the main NEOM site under a new agreement.

Air Products, a world-leading industrial gases company, and ACWA Power, a developer and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants, signed the agreement with NEOM to build the hydrogen-based ammonia production facility, which will be equally owned by the three partners. It aims to produce green ammonia for export to global markets by 2025.

The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the north west corner of the Saudi Arabia, with international and national partners in the renewable energy field. It will include the innovative integration of more than four gigawatts of renewable power from solar and wind power and storage using various methods of production.

“This partnership reflects our deep commitment to developing a carbon-positive society that will be a beacon for sustainable living and a solution to many of the environmental challenges facing the world,” said Nadhmi Al Nasr, NEOM CEO.

“NEOM’s Board of Directors, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the company’s executive team are delighted to announce this significant milestone, the world’s largest renewable hydrogen project, for NEOM to make it a global leader in green hydrogen production and green fuels. We are also excited that two world-class organizations, Air Products and ACWA Power, have joined us in developing this major project, the first of many developments at this scale that will put NEOM at the heart of a new future society.”

“We are honored and proud to partner with ACWA Power and NEOM and use proven technologies to make the world’s dream of 100 percent green energy a reality,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Air Products.

Ghasemi went on to say that harnessing the unique profile of NEOM’s sun and wind to convert water to hydrogen will yield a clean source of energy on a massive scale and will rid the world of over 3 million tons of CO2 emissions annually and eliminate smog-forming emissions and other pollutants from the equivalent of over 700,000 cars.

Air Products will be the exclusive off-taker of the green ammonia and intends to transport it around the world to be turned into green hydrogen for the transportation market.

ACWA Power chairman Mohammed A. Abunayyan said that “based in NEOM’s Industrial Cluster and enabled by its unique mandate, this investment will integrate and localize cutting-edge technologies that will harness solar and wind power to produce sustainable and globally accessible green energy.”

“ACWA Power has a proven track record of leveraging pioneering renewable technologies to deliver carbon-free power at the lowest cost. With our global experience, we are confident that our collaboration with an industry-leading company like Air Products will create significant opportunities in the production of green hydrogen, and further us in our goal to help countries meet their clean energy targets and unlock significant socio-economic benefits.”