Saudi Arabia’s renewables sector appears to be finally gaining traction after years in the sidings. The kingdom’s first utility-scale PV plant was connected to the grid in late 2019, and last week it issued a request for qualification (RFQ) for Round Three of its renewables project (MEES, 10 January). Renewables can help displace liquids burn from remote regions where gas-links are not yet feasible.

Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman highlighted the rationale for investing in renewables during this week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. “The more renewables and gas we use for our local market and our own consumption, the more we will be freeing liquids, which are exportable to the world’s oil markets,” he says. (CONTINUED - 641 WORDS)