Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Yemeni has been appointed head of Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO).
REPDO is the developer of the Kingdom’s 400-megawatt Dumat Al-Jandal on-shore wind energy project, and the 300-megawatt Sakaka solar photovoltaic scheme, both of which will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s target of generating 27.3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2024 and 58.7 gigawatts by 2030.
Following the success of the Dumat Al-Jandal project, REPDO launched a tendering process earlier this year for six new projects with a combined energy capacity of 1.47 gigawatts.
Al-Yemeni has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry, and was previously the chief executive officer of GCC Assets Investment and Development Co.
During his career, Al-Yemeni worked at Saudi Aramco as head of power systems support in its investment division and was the oil giant’s international operations chief. He has also held positions across multiple functions in the business industry at Showa Shell and Schlumberger.
Al-Yemeni gained master’s degrees in business management from IMD Business School, in Switzerland, and sustainable electrical power from Brunel University London, and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.
As head of REPDO, Al-Yemeni will oversee the Kingdom’s renewable energy program.