Saudi Aramco joins $1 billion project to build solar power plant


15 before 2021 19:35 GMT

The work will open in the second half of 2022 and will have a capacity of 1,500 megawatts.

State oil company Saudi Aramco has joined a group led by ACWA Power, a Saudi investment firm, to build a billion-dollar solar power plant in the country as Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, increasingly focuses on producing renewable energy, reach Bloomberg.

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The project called “Sedir” has a capacity of 1,500 megawatts. Aramco will have a 30% stake, while ACWA and its partner, the Water and Electricity Holding Company, will own 35% each. The banks financing the project include Mizuho Financial Group, Riyad Bank, Korea Development Bank, Standard Chartered and others.

Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman announced the establishment of the plant in April 2021 and said it will be the largest in the kingdom when it becomes operational in the second half of 2022.

Saudi Arabia is beginning to move away from fossil fuels in favor of clean energy, as countries around the world seek to ensure a transition to a greener global economy. In fact, Aramco CEO, Amin Nasser, said last week that the company is studying the possibility of producing and exporting hydrogen.

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