14 August 2016
JEDDAH - In line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have begun technical studies to take advantage of renewable energy and in line with that has identified sites that could produce solar energy in the various regions of the Kingdom.
SEC CEO Ziad Al-Shiha told Al-Watan Arabic newspaper, "This trend began when the company entered the field of renewable energy by implementing the Farasan Project with 500 kilowatts to be the first, which works quite efficiently."
He noted that the Board of Trustees of SEC approved renewable energy initiatives to build different stations for solar and wind power with a total capacity of 300 megawatts, which provides the equivalent of 25.5 million barrels of fuel over the estimated productive lives of 25 years.
Al-Shiha confirmed that, since the announcement of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, the company has worked with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to develop its plans and its initiative to implement renewable energy projects capacity of 9.5 GW in the towns of Al-Jouf and Rafha in order to create two working solar energy technologies. Al-Shiha explained that the company is working on the implementation of Harimale Project to produce 2,750 kilowatts of wind power in addition to preparing the necessary studies to implement projects for wind power on the west coast of the Kingdom with capacity of 50 megawatts.
He explained that he has signed two separate contracts that are considered the largest power plants in the world's electric power integrated with solar thermal energy (ISCC). The CEO stated that he is currently implementing the solar power plant in the city of Aflaj with a total capacity of up to 50 megawatts, which is one of the first renewable energy plants initiated by the company in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.