Turki Al Shehri, CEO of ENGIE Saudi Arabia, the industrial investor in the integrated water power plant (IWPP) sector, says the Kingdom’s renewables drive will significantly boost its economic diversification programme and see public and private sector investment rise to more than $30 billion by 2025.Ahead of his participation in the agenda-setting Middle East Energy Renewables Conference, running on March 3 and 4 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Al Shehri says Saudi Arabia’s energy sector transformation will have multi-faceted benefits.
“The diversification of the energy mix goes beyond multiple clean energy sources but also provides the opportunity to create jobs through manufacturing,” explained Al Shehri.“In parallel to the renewable tenders being issued, efforts are underway to localize renewable manufacturing in the Kingdom.”
Al Shehri’s forecast comes as Saudi Arabia pursues an energy mix strategy that comprises 30% renewables and 70% gas by 2030.“The objective will be to retire liquid burning plants and switch newer plants to burn gas instead of liquids,” said Al Shehri.
“Renewables will comprise 16GW wind, 40GW solar, and 2.7GW concentrated solar power.”He added: “As other renewable technologies become commercialised and costs are reduced, the Kingdom will also consider such technologies.”
Al Shehri will use his participation at the Renewables Conference to outline how future-focused energy companies can maximise Saudi Arabia’s green investment potential.
And the ENGIE CEO is bullish about opportunities for the private sector emerging from Saudi Arabia’s multi-billion-dollar renewables drive, adding: “The trend today is mainly related to utility scale renewables that are being applied in both the public and private sector. In addition, several local companies are rising to become developers, EPC contractors, OEMs and equipment suppliers.
“In addition, the drive for PPP programs in the public has also created similar PPP opportunities in the private sector.
"Corporate power purchase agreements are slowly becoming the norm for many private companies seeking renewable solutions. In the next four to five years we foresee $30-$40bn invested in renewable energy between the public and private sector.”
“Given the intense focus renewables are now generating across the Middle East & North Africa it is essential this segment has a dedicated product sector within the show profile,” explained Claudia Konieczna, exhibition director, Middle East Energy.
“Energy deployment is set to see significant acceleration in the coming years as the MENA region prepares for the influx of $35bn in renewable energy investments per year."Driven by well-designed auctions, favourable financing conditions and declining technology costs, renewables are being brought into the mainstream.”
Supported by InterSolar, Middle East Energy’s Renewables Conference will provide insights into the global transformative dynamics of renewable energies and emphasize how technology can produce synergies and create an integrated energy system.