ACWA Power connects Sakaka PV IPP to national grid

Hisham Alrayes, CEO of GFH Financial Group.
Updated 01 December 2019

ACWA Power connects Sakaka PV IPP to national grid

ACWA Power has announced the successful connection of the Sakaka Solar PV Plant — the first renewable energy project in the Kingdom — to the national grid. The project has commenced initial production under a pilot phase according to schedule — with full commercial operation to be achieved before the end of the year 2019. 

The solar project has established a 100 percent local employment rate within the first year of operation, with 90 percent of the workforce comprising youths from Al-Jouf region. Additionally, Sakaka PV IPP registered more than 30 percent of contractual local content during the construction and development phases. The project has also recorded more than 3 million safe working hours without any injuries during development and construction. 

Mohammad Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, said: “The successful energizing of Sakaka PV IPP is a remarkable testament of the work progress that has been ongoing at the project. We are confident to deliver the project on schedule and commercial operation of the plant before the end of this year at the highest levels of quality, safety, and security. 

“ACWA Power is proud to contribute to the sustainable development efforts of the Kingdom through the deployment of the Sakaka PV project, which accelerated the pace of renewable energy utilization and bolstered the fulfillment of energy demand in the Kingdom. In alignment with the goals of Vision 2030, Sakaka PV IPP has successfully contributed to the economic diversification, development of human capital and the elevation of national competencies to ensure a better future for upcoming generations.” 

Abunayyan commended the efforts of the partners of the project, noting in particular the support of the Ministry of Energy represented by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), from the initial inception of the project to date. He also expressed gratitude toward the Saudi Electricity Company (principal buyer) and Al-Gihaz Holding (project partner).

The SR1.2 billion ($320 million) Sakaka plant is the first utility scale renewable energy project in Saudi Arabia under the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.


Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Updated 04 June 2020

Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Al-Dabbagh Holding Group, founded in 1962, has been ranked sixth in the Saudi Arabian private sector's best working environments for the year 2020. The ranking is compiled by Great Place to Work, a leading global organization that evaluates work environments across more than 60 countries.
This achievement comes in recognition of Al-Dabbagh Group's efforts toward creating and fostering a positive working environment for all. Employees participated in a questionnaire on work-place satisfaction, and the company policies were also subject to an external review, both of which contributed to the resulting ranking.
Al-Dabbagh Group’s Head of Human Resources, Hayfa Abu-Zabibah has said that "this achievement is the result of the Group's unique culture, derived from the philosophy of Omnipreneurship, which embraces comprehensive leadership and is made up of three principles (Giving, Earning and Sustaining) five values (integrity, passion, respect, forward-thinking, teamwork) and ten golden rules. The principles, values and golden rules provide the framework that govern the Group’s ecosystem and culture.”
Hayfa added that receiving this award will only increase the Group’s motivation to further promote this ecosystem and continue efforts toward becoming a better place to work.