Saudi Arabia launches new phase of renewables plan

The second phase of the program will comprise seven solar projects worth $1.5 billion. (Shutterstock)
Updated 30 January 2019

Saudi Arabia launches new phase of renewables plan

  • The combined generation capacity will be 1.51 gigawatts, enough to power 226,500 households
  • The projects are expected to create more than 4,500 jobs during construction, operations and maintenance

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has launched the second phase of its Renewable Energy Program, which will comprise seven solar projects worth $1.5 billion.
The combined generation capacity will be 1.51 gigawatts (GW), enough to power 226,500 households, according to a statement from the Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
The projects will be tendered by mid-2019, after expressions of interest were first invited at Monday’s National Industrial Development and Logistics Program launch in Riyadh.
They are expected to create more than 4,500 jobs during construction, operations and maintenance.
Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Program seeks to achieve more than 25GW of wind and solar power generation in the next five years, and close to 60GW over the next decade; of which 40GW will be generated from solar energy, with a further 16GW of onshore wind.
Overall, Saudi Arabia aims to create a renewable energy capability of more than 200GW over the next decade.


Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 17 September 2019

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA