Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announces wind energy plans

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia has announced plans to install its first wind capacity as part of a plan to add 7GW of renewables generation.

Saudi Arabia looks to get wind power off the drawing board... from a KA Care promotional video
Saudi Arabia looks to get wind power off the drawing board... from a KA Care promotional video

The country plans a first round wind tender of 650MW and a second round of 1.05GW. The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA Care), is running the programme.

In a statement, KA Care said it would examine possible locations this year with a view to building a blade and turbine test facility by 2016. It added that as much as 9GW of future capacity would be installed along the Red Sea coast and the Arabian Gulf. This would primarily be used by desalination plants.

The country aims to have 50% of its electricity usage supplied by renewables. It has outlined three renewables tenders — an "introductory" round of 500-800MW, a first round of 2-3GW and a second round of 3-4GW. The majority of the capacity will be solar.

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